You can now create custom Instagram Highlight covers to increase the ‘life’ of your Instagram Stories to get even more attention to your work. Influencers and brands are now using their Instagram Stories strategically and coming up with bizarre creative ways to jazz up their Instagram Highlights covers.

If you like to get going with Instagram Highlights, then good news — we at Instazood are here to help! First, let’s go through how you can start creating a new Instagram Highlight.

How to Create a New Instagram Highlight?

1- Tap the profile button in the bottom-right of your screen to go to your profile.

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2- Tap the “+” button to create a new Instagram Story Highlight.

3- You’ll be taken to your Instagram stories Archive, where you can see all of your recent stories.

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4- Choose the Stories you want in your Highlight by tapping the circle in the bottom-right corner.

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5- Tap “next.

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6- Choose a title for your Highlight.

How to Make Instagram Stories Highlight Icons

7- Usually, here you would pick out your custom Instagram Highlights cover. Skip that for now and tap on “Add.”

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8- Congratulations! You’ve created a new Instagram Highlight for your Instagram account.

How to Create Custom Instagram Highlights Covers?

To create custom Instagram Highlights covers, you’ll need access to a free graphic design platform, like Canva. Create an account if you don’t have one already, and get started.

1- Open your Canva account and enter “Instagram Story” into the search bar then scroll to the bottom.

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2- Tap on the template for “Instagram Story” when it shows up. Now you’ll have the ideal sizing for your Instagram Story highlight cover.

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3- Pick “ELEMENTS” from the sidebar and then Tap “GRAPHICS” – now you can search through several illustrations to choose icons for your custom Instagram Story highlight covers. There are lots of options including free and paid images. Also, you could make text-based highlight covers using Canva’s text features.

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4- After choosing the icon you want as your custom Instagram Highlights cover, select a background color, and tap “Download.” Make sure the image isn’t too large that portions of it will be lost through Instagram’s circular cropping.

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5- Send it to your phone, go to Instagram, from your profile, just tap and hold on the Highlight you want to customize and pick “Edit.” You’ll arrive on a screen like this:

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6- Tap “Edit Cover” and choose your icon from your camera roll. You can hold and drag to zoom and position the icon before you settle the cover. in the end, just tap “Done.”

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That’s it, guys!

Now that you understand how to create custom Instagram Highlights covers, you can pull on your arty farty pants!