Instagram story highlights are a great way to showcase your best Instagram stories on your profile page. Using your Instagram story highlights, you can divide your archived stories into different categories, while having the flexibility to choose which stories you would like to display for profile visitors to see.
With the introduction of IG story highlights, your Instagram stories can be viewed after 24 hours of being posted. But, what’s neat is that you have the ability to create Instagram story highlight covers to spice up your profile.
In this post, I will be giving you an in-depth guide on how to properly use Instagram story highlights and a tutorial on how to create free Instagram highlight covers to attract more visitors to your IG feed!
Instagram Highlight Cover Dimensions and Size
The proper sizing of an Instagram highlight cover will have square dimensions. I recommend using the dimensions 2000 x 2000 pixels and an aspect ratio of 1:1. This is similar to the Instagram profile picture size and uploads very similarly as well.
For Instagram stories, you will need to upload a story before you can include it into your highlights. However, you can choose to upload an Instagram highlight cover. This will give you the flexibility to create a customized IG highlight cover outside of Instagram’s platform.
How to Make Instagram Highlight Covers
An Instagram highlight cover is pretty simple to make and you don’t need to be a professional graphic designer in order to create nice Instagram highlight covers for your profile.
You can use a free application like Snappa to make an Instagram highlight cover in under 5 minutes.
Step 1: The first thing you want to do is create a graphic with the best dimensions for an Instagram cover highlight. Create a custom graphic with the dimensions 2000 x 2000 pixels.
Step 2: Once you have your new graphic open, you can navigate to the backgrounds tab and from here you can customize the background of your IG story cover. In this case, I changed the color of the background using the color picker.
Step 3: Once you’ve figured out the background of your highlight cover, you can add an Instagram story highlight icon. In Snappa, there’s a massive library of royalty free icons and free stock photos you can choose from and these icons can all be used for your Instagram story covers.
Step 4: Once you’re done, you can go ahead and download your Instagram highlight cover for free by navigating to the download button located on the top right of the screen. You can choose which file format to download the highlight cover in and from there you can upload it into Instagram.
How to Edit Instagram Highlight Covers
Editing and adding an Instagram highlight cover is fairly easy and Instagram makes it easy to change your icon cover as well. In order to do this, you will want to navigate to your Instagram story highlight and click on the bottom right of the story.
You should have a few options related to your Instagram story highlights, but you’ll want to “Edit Highlight”
From here you’ll have the option to add or remove stories from your Instagram highlights. But, you’ll also have the opportunity to edit the cover of your Instagram highlight.
You will now be able to choose from your archived Instagram stories to place as your cover or you can choose from your photo library. From your photo library, you can pick the Instagram cover highlight that you’ve created in Snappa.
How to Add an Instagram Story Highlight
There are two ways you can add an Instagram story highlight to your IG profile and it’s fairly simple. Once again, the story highlight needs to be a