Instagram Stories: Tips & Tricks

If you follow me on Instagram, it’s no secret I’m a big fan of their recent launch of Stories. The feature reduces fragmentation of my audience across multiple platforms, gives me an opportunity to post more frequently without flooding the feed, and gives me another large metric to report to clients.

I get a lot of questions on how I accomplish certain posts on Stories, so I’ll cover a couple of those here.

How do you post a video recording of your phone to your Story?

This is the most frequently asked question. I’m going to break this down into a few steps, but if you’d like a more in depth with troubleshooting visit this article.

  • First, assuming you have a mac, plug in your iPhone into your computer
  • Second, open up Quicktime Player and close out all the iTunes and Photos imports. You may get a dialog on your phone asking to trust the computer. Hit yes.
  • Third, in Quicktime Player do File -> New Movie Recording
  • Fourth, next to the red circle record button there is a drop down. Click that and select your iPhone.
  • Fifth, hit record to record your video, and again to stop. Instagram stories have a max of 10 seconds so make sure to be quick about it (or trim on your phone). Then send it on over to your phone via airdrop and you’re good to go!

But wait, how do you post videos / photos from your camera roll to your story? Another frequently asked question…

How do you post high res photos to your story?

This one is pretty simple. Open up the story post screen, you’ll see your camera there. Swipe Down. This will bring down photos and videos from the last 24 hours.

If you want to post an older photo, you can screenshot. This is what I often post, zoomed in screenshots of photos I’ve taken that represent my current mood.

Please feel free to reach out and ask if you have any additional questions!


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