How to Add Text to Instagram Stories

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Whether you're an influencer, corporate social media manager, or general social media user, you're probably aware of the power of Instagram Stories. These stories offer various design features, including the ability to add text. It's a great tool to get your message across.

If you don't know how to add text to your Instagram stories, you've come to the right place. In this guide, we will show you how to do it for Android and iPhone devices, using simple step-by-step methods.



How to Add Text to Instagram Story on iPhone

Adding text to your Instagram stories using your iPhone is easy if you follow these steps:

  1. Launch the Instagram app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the “Camera +” icon in the top left corner of your screen. The “Stories” screen will open.
  3. Take a photo or video for your story.
  4. Once you have your photo or video, find the "Aa" icon in the top right and tap it. Instagram's text tool will open on the screen. Start typing your text.
  5. When you've finished typing, you can edit the text.
    • You can change the color of your text by clicking one of the color icons at the bottom of the screen.
    • A slider on the left allows you to adjust the size of your text.
    • You can align text to the top left of the screen.
    • The Backdrop option lets you add an opaque or semi-transparent backdrop to your text.
    • The "Font" tool in the center lets you choose your font from one of five options.
  6. When you are satisfied with your text, press the "Done" button in the upper right corner of the screen.

How to Add Multiple Lines of Text to Instagram Story on iPhone

You can add more than one line of text to your Instagram story. You have the option to add a paragraph of text or separate lines of text to your photo or video, or you can create a plain background with multiple lines of text. Here's how:



  1. Open Instagram on your iPhone and on the "Home" screen, tap the "Camera" icon in the upper left corner.
  2. When the "Stories" screen opens, take a photo or video for your story.
  3. Once you're done, tap the "Aa" icon at the top left of the screen to launch the Text Tool.
  4. Start typing your text. If you want a continuous paragraph, keep typing.
  5. When you're happy with your text, you can edit it by changing the color, justification, background, and font style.
  6. If you prefer multiple lines of text in different places on the screen, enter your text and edit it. Tap the screen to add this text to your story. Tap the screen again and another text box will appear. Type your text, edit it and tap the screen. Repeat this as many times as you want to add different lines of text.
  7. When you are satisfied with your text, click "Done" in the upper right corner of the screen.

Maybe you have decided to add text to your Instagram story without a background video or image. There is a simple way to do it and here is how:

  1. Open Instagram on your iPhone and click on the "Camera" icon at the top left of the screen. The “Stories” page will open.
  2. Go to the bottom toolbar and drag it from "Normal" until you find the "Create" option. Your screen will fill with a colorful background that you can change by tapping on the colored circle at the bottom right of the screen.
  3. When you're happy with the background, tap the screen to type. You can add as much or as little text as you want here.
  4. When you have finished your text, it will be saved directly to your screen and you can post it to your story.

How to Add Text to Instagram Story on Android Device

Adding text to an Instagram story on an Android device is similar to the method used for an iPhone, with a few differences here and there. Here's how to do it:



  1. Launch Instagram on your Android device. On your "Home" screen, swipe right to open the "Stories" screen.
  2. Take a photo or video. Then navigate to the top right of the screen and select the “Aa” icon to launch the Text tool.
  3. On the screen that opens, start typing your text.
  4. When you're happy with your text, you can change the font, size, justification, color, background, or animate the text with controls at the bottom, left, and top of the screen.
  5. When you're happy with how your text looks, click "Done" at the top right of the screen.

How to Add Multiple Lines of Text to Instagram Story on Android Device

Although the device and the interface differ, adding multiple lines of text to your Instagram story remains the same. Follow these steps to add more text words to your stories:


  1. Open Instagram on your Android device and swipe right to launch the “Stories” screen. Take a video or photo.
  2. Once you're happy with your image or movie, tap the "Aa" icon in the upper-right corner of the screen to open the Text tool.
  3. Start typing your text. If you want to write a paragraph, keep typing until you have all the text you want.
  4. Edit your text. If you want multiple lines of text in various places on the screen, type your text, then tap the screen to add that text to your story. Then tap somewhere else on the screen to open a second text box. Add your text, edit it and tap the screen. Repeat this until you have added all of your text to your message.
  5. When you're happy with your text, tap "Done" in the top right corner of the screen.

To create a plain background with multiple lines of text, it's this simple:


  1. Open your Android device and go to Instagram. Launch the app, then swipe right to open the "Stories" screen.
  2. Tap the drop-down arrow on the left and look for the "Create" option. Press it.
  3. A multicolored background will open with a text box on it. To change the color of this background, tap the colored circle at the bottom right of the screen.
  4. When you're happy with the color, tap the screen to start adding text. Keep typing until your text is complete, then tap the screen.
  5. You can now publish the text to your Story.

Text added!

Adding text, be it a few words or a few paragraphs to your Instagram story, is relatively easy when you know the steps. By practicing the instructions in this guide multiple times, you'll soon be creating stories like a pro. All you'll have to worry about is what to add to your Instagram profile next.

Have you added text to your Instagram story? Did you use a set of steps similar to those shown in this guide? Let us know in the comments section below.

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