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Instagram Stories: Tips for using Instagram’s new photo story feature

Instagram just added a new feature called Stories. Instead of posting carefully-chosen photos, Stories lets you post a bunch of photos throughout the day. And at the end of that day, those photos disappear.

Sound familiar?

That’s because it’s very, very much like Snapchat’s My Story feature. Only, with fewer filters and lenses (at least for now). Here’s how it works.

Making your stories is a lot like Snapchat

Stories are temporary videos or photos that are strung together to form a gallery that, well, tells a story.

Here’s how to create one:

  1. Tap on the plus button found on the top left-hand side of your homescreen or swipe left in your Feed. You can also quickly launch Stories by swiping right from the main screen.
  2. Tap the circle button at the bottom of the screen to take photos or tap and hold to record a video.
  3. Edit the photos or videos with text or add a drawing as you normally would. If you hit the pen icon, there are three types of pens. The third one makes your sketch look like a neon sign.
  4. Tap Done to save your story.
  5. Tap the checkmark button to share to your story.
Click the checkmark to add a photo to your story.

Screenshot by Sharon Profis/CNET

While you’re at it, why not use your saved snaps from Snapchat as stories? After you take a snap, tap the Download button. It will save to your camera roll. Then, open Instagram, start a story, and swipe down. A gallery with all of your recent photos will pop up. Tap on your snap and post as usual. You can only use photos that you’ve added to your camera roll in the last 24 hours, so be quick.


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