Tutorial : Learn how to use and master the Instagram Stories function

The Instagram Stories  has never been so high: the app by the responsible company said more than 200 million users  already use the feature – a lead of 50 million over the rival Snapchat .

But do you already know how to use Instagram’s history mode ? The tool is very similar to Snapchat , but there are a few little secrets that can make you a star on the platform. See also:

When and how to use the Stories ?

Using Instagram in story mode instead of simply posting a photo on your profile is simply a matter of taste. However, just like Snapchat , so-called Stories often have pictures taken in everyday situations, which do not necessarily represent a reminder or high point of your day.

This is because publications in this mode are deleted 24 hours after they are published. So do not rely exclusively on this feature to share memories, as they will be deleted the next day.

Now that you know the best time to publish your stories, knowing how to use the tool becomes a much simpler task. Check out the steps:

1) Com o Instagram aberto, pressione o botão de câmera no canto superior esquerdo da tela e capture sua foto ou vídeo. Note que existe mais de um modo de captura disponível, mas falaremos dele mais tarde;

2) When viewing the image, you can already add figurines to your photo, as well as draw or write on it. To do this, use the shortcuts in the upper right corner. You can choose from various colors and brush sizes for your designs, as well as edit the size and color of everything you write. To resize a textor figurine, for example, pinch the screen – like to zoom – increasing or decreasing the contents;

3) Once your edits are complete, press the + button to add the photo to your stories or save it to your gallery first. You can still set it for who wants to send it by pressing the button on the right of the screen – in this case, the image will disappear once the contact first sees it.

Hot Tips

As you repeat this process, more photos will be added to your stories and all will be displayed chronologically, from the first to the last one you’ve posted. Once you publish a story, a red circle with your profile photo appears at the top of your followers’ feed, allowing them to view your posts and even respond by dragging them up.

If you regret publishing a story and wish to delete it, press the circle with your photo, locate the photo to delete, and then press the three dots in the lower corner of the screen. From there, just decide if you really want to delete the post or save it in yours in your gallery.

Check out some more tricks below:

1) Adding gallery photos to your stories

For a variety of reasons, you may not want to take pictures with the Instagram app – or even remember it when it comes to capturing a moment. Precisely because of this, the Stories function allows you to use photos taken up to 24 hours before the publications.

To add a photo from your gallery to one of your stories, open the Instagram story camera and swipe the screen (down, on iOS devices, or up on Android). All customization functions are available for your gallery photos , unlike Snapchat , for example. It is even possible for you to take pictures with the Snap – using the effects of your choice – to save and use in Instagram stories .

2) Boomerang, Live and Free Hands Modes

Operating in a very similar way to a GIF, Boomerang mode allows you to create videos of up to 2 seconds with auto repeat – whenever done, the footage is displayed in reverse mode and then shown again. Recording a Boomerang is not difficult at all: open the app’s Stories camera and select the “Boomerang” option. Ready! Now just register the moment!

Just as its name explains, “Live” allows you to stream video directly from your smartphone. Open your Instagram’s Stories camera and select the “Live” option at the bottom of the screen just below the shutter icon. From there, your followers will be notified of your broadcast and you’ll be highlighted in the app’s Stories list , as well as being able to check out who’s watching.

As an alternative to traditional Stories mode videos , Hands Free lets you start capturing a video by pressing the shutter button only once – unlike the ‘hold to record’ in normal mode.

3) Have fun with your pictures!

As well as in its main competitor, the Stories of Instagram contains filters interactive and stickers to customize your images. To use them, select an image from your gallery or capture a story normally, and in the viewer, drag sideways to navigate between them.

It must be remembered that the variety of filters here is not so great as that of Snapchat . However, the social network constantly adds filters and stickers based on location, weather, holidays, and sensor parameters of the user’s smartphone.

In addition, you can take pictures with other applications and only then publish them in your platform stories.

4) Mark your friends

Whenever you add one text to a story, remember that you can select up to 10 friends in each picture. To do this, type “@” followed by the user name in question and an icon corresponding to the marked profile will appear in the image. However, if the profile you marked is not a follower of your account, the message will be sent to requests from this same user.

5) How to navigate between stories?

Viewing the stories of who you follow requires only more attention on when and how to skip each published image: while it is possible to skip each of the photos just by pressing the right side of the screen, jumping all Stories of the same user requires you to drag your finger To the left of the screen.

It all depends on the account that sent the content – currently, only verified accounts may include links in their stories.

Other gestures are also available and may vary depending on the type of story: dragging a story up, for example, can serve both to respond to the post and to access a link inserted in it.

6) Learn how to block flooders

Do you know people who, intentionally or not, ‘flood’ pages with a huge volume of content? The Instagram is not free of them, not even in the way Stories . If you’re uncomfortable with one of them, hold the circle of the profile you want to hide and choose Mute that user’s stories. You will stop seeing his stories, but not following his profile.

To revert this action, drag the story bar to the left until you see the muted profile, press it again, and restore the sound of the posts. Finally, it’s important to remember that only profiles with published stories can be located on this bar, meaning if you want to restore a user’s sound, you’ll have to wait for them to publish a story.

7) Who has seen your stories?

As well as viewing the posts you follow, knowing who viewed your posts is a fairly easy procedure in the app. Open your stories and drag your finger up to view the number of views of each and have chronological access to visitor profiles.

Be careful about publishing sensitive content.

On the screen, you can save or delete any shared photo. The Instagram does not reveal who makes public content screenshots, just who captures the messages sent.

8) Lock up shards and save your stories automatically

One of the most important aspects of this function is how you configure them. With the Stories mode camera open, press the gear icon in the upper left corner of the screen and select the users for whom your stories should not appear.

Note that on this screen you can still set photos to be saved automatically whenever you publish a story. In other words, every time you capture and send something with this feature, a copy of this content – with all the filters , drawings and texts entered – will be saved in the image gallery of your device.

9) Save your stories as photos on your profile

For those who do not want to risk losing their moments the next day, Instagram still allows you to save the stories as traditional photos in your profile, that is, those that do not cease to exist 24 hours later. To do this, view the story being posted and touch the three dots in the lower right corner of the screen. Then select “Share as Public.”

Start posting now!

Now that you know how to make the most of the new features of your Instagram ! Also remember that although these tips are specifically for the Instagram app , a good deal of them can work on WhatsApp’s new status and Facebook Stories mode .