Besides Reels, one of the best Instagram features is Stories. Being able to share and watch impromptu snippets from your and other people's days makes the app feel more fun and personal. Stories are also a great way to get creative!

In fact, many people don't realize the extent to which you can customize and personalize their Stories. One of the main ways you can do this is to change the background color. To learn how to do this, and more, take a look at our ultimate guide to making creative Instagram stories below. 

How To Change The Background Color On Your Instagram Stories 

There are actually three different ways that you can customize the background color of your Instagram stories. You can change the color to a different solid color, you can use a photo that you like, or you can do both!

To learn how to customize your background color, follow the step-by-step processes below. 

Using Solid Color 

When you share a story on Instagram, the app automatically picks the background color for you. However, if you don't like this color, you can change it. Just follow the simple steps below!

  1. Open Stories on the Instagram app. 
  2. Take a photo or video that you want to put on your stories. 
  3. Click on the brush icon.
  4. Choose one of the available colors. 
  5. Tap the background and hold your finger down for a few seconds. 
  6. The background should have changed to your preferred color! 

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Using a Photo 

Rather than changing the background to a solid color, you can be a little more creative and change your background to a photo that you have saved on your phone. It is super easy to do so and has a big impact. 

  1. Open Stories on the Instagram app. 
  2. Swipe up so that your camera roll is available to see. 
  3. Pick the photo that you want to use.
  4. Add any text/images/emojis/music on top of the background. 
  5. Post it to your stories!

Using Solid Color And A Photo 

If you want to go for maximum creativity, why not do both of the options above? This is quite similar to creating a collage on Instagram stories. Here is how to do it: 

  1. Open Stories on the Instagram app.
  2. Take a photo. 
  3. Tap on the brush icon. 
  4. Choose from one of the available colors. 
  5. Tap and hold your finger on the screen for a few seconds. 
  6. The new color should now be your background. 
  7. Now, go to your photos. 
  8. "Copy" the photo that you want to use. 
  9. Go back onto Instagram Stories. 
  10. You should see an icon on the bottom left of the screen showing you the photo that you copied. Click on it. 
  11. If you don't see the icon, simply 'paste' the photo using the text function. 
  12. Now you're done!

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Other Instagram Story Hacks

There are a huge amount of ways in which you can be a bit more creative with your Instagram stories. Check out some of our favorite hacks below. 

Pin Stickers, Emojis, Text, and GIFs 

Pinning stickers, emojis, text, and GIFs to your videos and boomerangs is a really great way to ensure that they pop up at the perfect moment. To do this, follow the steps below.

  1. Record your video. 
  2. Add a creative element (text, sticker, emoji, or GIF). 
  3. Tap and hold down the element that you added. 
  4. A slider bar should appear at the bottom. 
  5. Use the slider bar to scroll through the video and find the perfect spot to pin your creative element. 
  6. Once you're happy that you've found the perfect spot, tap the 'pin' button. 

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Use Hidden Filters

There are a number of hidden filters and effects that you can use on your Instagram Stories. To find out how to, take a look below. 

  1. Open Stories on the Instagram app. 
  2. Swipe all the way to the end of the effects at the bottom of the screen. 
  3. Click 'browse effects'. 
  4. Now you can scroll or search to find hundreds of cool effects and filters. 

Share Multiple Stories At Once

If you want to add a number of stories at one time, you can do so using the multi-capture tool on Instagram. Check out the step-by-step guide below. 

  1. Open Stories on the Instagram app.
  2. Press the multi-capture icon on the left-hand side of the screen. 
  3. Now, you can take up to 10 photos in a row. 
  4. Once you're content with the photos that you've taken, you will see them all line up at the bottom of the screen. 
  5. If you want to, you can tap and edit each individual photo. You can add different text, stickers, music, and effects to each one. 

Add Music To Your Stories

Adding music to your Instagram stories is a really great way to make your posts more entertaining and engaging. To learn how to add music to your stories, check out the guide below. 

  1. First, you need to make sure that you have the latest version of the Instagram app.
  2. Open the Instagram app and open Stories. 
  3. Take a photo or video. 
  4. Once you're happy, tap on the sticker tray. 
  5. Select the music sticker from the sticker tray. 
  6. You can either scroll through the suggested songs or search for your preferred song. 
  7. Once you've decided on a song, you can select the section of the song that you want to play. 
  8. You can also customize how the sticker looks by tapping it. 
  9. Once you're happy with everything, click post! 

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Instagram has become an essential part of many people's lives. With over 1 billion active users, there is no doubt that Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms today. The platform offers a lot of features that allow you to create amazing images and videos quickly and easily.

We hope that this article has helped you make your Stories more creative and personal!

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