What are some tips for uploading, recording and editing my Instagram story?
If you're not seeing the music sticker in Stories, make sure your app is updated to the latest version by visiting the App Store or Google Play Store. Keep in mind that the music sticker isn't available to everyone.
When you share a photo or video to your story, you can use creative tools to help capture and edit them.
Taking photos and videos
  • Tap to adjust the flash for your photos or videos. To take better photos and videos in the dark, keep tapping until you see (iPhone only).
  • To zoom while recording a video, tap and hold with one finger to start recording, then slide up or down using that same finger.
  • You can switch between front and rear-facing cameras while recording a video. Tap and hold to start recording, then tap .
  • To take a photo or video with a camera effect, swipe left at the bottom of the screen and select an effect. You can also swipe all the way to the left and tap to see more effects from Instagram and from independent creators. When using the front or back-facing camera, the effect you choose will automatically appear on the closest person’s face. Keep in mind that effects aren't supported on some older devices.
  • Tap on the left to see more options for capturing your story:
    • Tap Create to personalize a story without needing a photo or video to start from. Swipe left at the bottom of the screen to choose to type something, add a GIF or ask a question, among other things.
    • Tap Boomerang, then tap the circle at the bottom to take a burst of photos that loops forward and backward.
    • Tap Layout, then tap the circle at the bottom to take a series of photos and combine them into a collage. Tap Change Grid to change the layout of your photos.
    • Tap Hands-Free to take record a video without having to tap and hold. Tap once to start recording a video or tap and hold to see a timer that counts down before recording.
    • Tap PhotoBooth, then tap the circle at the bottom to take a series of photos and combine them into one story.
    • Tap Multi-Capture to take a series of photos a post them as separate stories.
    • Tap Level and move your camera to see if your device is level.
Editing photos and videos
  • Swipe left or right to add a filter to your photo or video.
  • Tap to add music. Select a song or search for one at the top. If lyrics are available for the song you select, you can choose different fonts and designs for them, and you can edit which part of the song you want to play.
  • Tap to add a sticker.
  • Tap to draw on your photo or video. From there, you can:
    • Choose from different brushes and drawing tools from the options at the top of the screen.
    • Adjust the line thickness by using the slider on the left.
    • Choose a color to draw with by tapping the colors at the bottom of the screen. Swipe left to see more colors, or tap and hold a circle for more color options. You can also tap and drag and drop it to select a color from your photo or video.
  • Tap to add text. From there, you can:
    • Add emoji.
    • If you use the Classic text style, you can adjust text size up or down by tapping and using the slider.
    • Center text or align left or right by tapping (only available for some text styles).
    • Rotate and resize the text by using two fingers to pinch and zoom.
    • Choose a text color by tapping the colors at the bottom of the screen. Swipe to see more colors, or tap and hold a circle to choose a custom color.
    • Change the text style by tapping the button at the top of the screen.
    • Add a color background to text by tapping at the top of the screen and selecting a color.
    • Pin text to a fixed spot in your video. After taking a video, add text, then tap it and hold. Use the slider bar at the bottom of the screen to scroll through the video to find where you want to pin the text. Move the text and tap Pin.
    • Tap again to add another section of text.
    • Type @ then enter someone's username to mention them.
    • Enter a hashtag (example: #flower). People can tap it to view the page for that hashtag.
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