Instagram highlights are a relatively new addition to your Instagram profile. Say goodbye to disappearing Instagram stories, because your highlights let you keep them on your profile. Forever.
They will appear like this in someone’s Instagram profile. Lots of little circles that each contain specific images.
Most people will categorize their Instagram highlights. For example, @bethsbookshelf has Instagram highlights for summer 2019, BTS photos, exploring and many more.
Why Use Instagram Highlights?
You might be wondering, “Why should I use Instagram highlights? It’s just another thing to learn on this app.”
Yes, Instagram is shooting out new updates left, right and center! But so far, all of them have been great.
One downfall behind Instagram stories is that they disappear after 24 hours and you can never see your favorite stories again.
Of course, you can always view your own old Instagram stories by going to your archive. But now you can continue to share them with your followers.
In fact, you can go back to stories from months ago and add them to your Instagram highlights.
Instagram highlights are great for many reasons.
1. Keep Your Stories Around
As mentioned, you can keep your stories around. Perhaps you went on a really awesome holiday that you posted about in your stories. If you add this to your Instagram highlights, you can easily watch it whenever you watch.
However, your followers can also watch it whenever they want! It’s nice for your followers to be able to go back and watch old stories that they either loved or unfortunately missed while it was live.
Instagram highlights are particularly great for templates. If you make or use templates, you can keep or access them in Instagram highlights.
For example, @shethespy is known for her awesome Instagram templates. If Instagram didn’t have the highlight option, she would have to constantly re-upload them in her stories for people to reuse them.
But now that they’re in her template highlights, her followers can use them whenever they please!
So definitely add Instagram highlights to your profile if you want to keep your stories around for a little longer.
2. Stay Organised
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed on Instagram. That’s why it’s important to stay organized on the app.
Instagram highlights allow you to categorize all your memories into different groups so you can stay organized.
While you upload a story, you can quickly add it to your highlights so it’s there when you revisit later in life. Stay organized as you go so that your Instagram story archive doesn’t get messy too quickly!
Plus, if someone asks you, “Oh, where can I see that photo of your dog?” or something, you can point them in the direction of the highlight created just for your furry friend.
3. New Followers Get To Know You
The first thing you look at when you discover a new account is definitely their main feed. If they have an awesome feed, you’ll probably click follow straight away.
However, sometimes Instagram photos aren’t enough to give you the real sense of a person.
With highlights, you can explore the account a bit further and see what the person behind it is really like.
Some people say that your Instagram feed is your picture-perfect self, while your Instagram stories are the real you.
Definitely utilize your Instagram story highlights to give your new (and old) followers a better sense of who you are.
4. Share More With Instagram Stories
If you have a strict Instagram theme, you don’t always have the chance to share everything about your life.
For example, if you are a fashion account, you probably aren’t sharing your secret passion for reading.
Instagram stories give you a chance to talk about those other passions of yours! Keep them in your highlights to share more about yourself with your followers.
There’s really no drawback from using Instagram highlights. Start today to utilize all four of these highlight benefits!
How To Use Instagram Highlights
Using highlights is actually super easy. You don’t need to worry about it being complicated!
Thankfully, they’re really easy to edit and delete as well. Of course, by deleting an Instagram highlight, you don’t delete the photos in it because everything is saved in your archive.
- Go to your profile.
- Click the + bubble sign.
- Choose some of your stories to go in the highlight, then click next.
- Name your highlight album.
- Edit the cover. You can choose either photos that are already in the highlight, or add one from your camera roll. If you add it from your camera roll, you can create a nice cohesive theme for your Instagram highlights. We’ll talk about this later!
- Click done.
So easy! To add or delete from your highlights, follow these steps:
- Click on chosen Instagram highlights.
- Click “more”. Choose “edit highlight”.
- To delete things from the highlight, simply tap the photo so the blue tick disappears.
- To add to your highlight, click “archive” and select the photos you want to add.
- You can also go to your live story or archives to add to your highlights. Simply click the “highlight” bubble on the actual Instagram story.
Now that you know how to use Instagram highlights, it’s time for one last tip!
How To Make Instagram Highlights Look Amazing
Instagram is definitely all about aesthetic. There’s no denying that it’s what gets you new followers these days.
It’s important to stick to a general Instagram theme. In fact, many Instagrammers will use the same filter in their Instagram stories, too. That way, everything flows together to make their overall brand better and more noticeable.
If this is something you’re striving for, then it’s important to make sure your highlights fit your theme.
First, look at your overall theme. Notice what tones and colors you use generally and let that be the base for your Instagram story highlights.
Once you have decided what your color palette is going to be, it’s time to start creating your highlight covers!
Keep It Simple
If you’re not quite sure what to do, keep it simple to start with.
Lots of people just choose a block color as their highlight cover. Followers will know what category it is by the title alone.
Like @wanderingpages you can choose colors that fit in with your Instagram feed to create classy and themed highlight covers.
You can get these color boards of Pinterest, Google, or any other photo website. You can even create them yourself using Word, by coloring the whole page the color you want and then screenshotting it.
There are lots of creative ways you can access color boards for Instagram highlights.
Maybe it’s payday, or maybe you found $10 on the street. What better way to spend it than treating yourself to some highlights?
Some of your favorite Instagrammers might create and sell highlight icons. But a good place to start is Etsy.
You can buy highlight icons to download and use on your own account for a great price.
Shops like All Paper Art have huge bundles of highlight icons for $15.
There are lots of different themes to suit your unique Instagram style! Simply browse Etsy for “Instagram Highlights” to see the hundreds of listings.
Create Your Own Instagram Highlights
If you have a few hours to spare, you can even experiment with creating your own Instagram highlights! You’ve got it in you to create something really nice. It doesn’t need to be overcomplicated. Take a leaf out of @polly.florence book and create a gorgeous simple highlight icon.
You can use apps like Unfold, Studio, Over, or Canva to create amazing Instagram highlights! In fact, some of these apps already have templates to inspire you.
We’ve definitely covered Instagram highlights from start to finish today! You’ll definitely have amazing Instagram story highlights after this.