Instagram’s ‘My Story’ feature is extremely specific - stories last for 24 hours only, as opposed to all other types of posting on the platform.
Luckily, Instagram paid attention to the fact that some users don’t want to post some photos or videos as regular posts, but want to keep the stories regardless.
Thus, Instagram created ‘Story Highlights’.
‘Story Highlights’ allow Instagram users to keep their stories indefinitely, instead of removing them from sight after 24 hours, and the limit to how many highlights can be put in a single group is up to 100.
What most users do is group their stories based on context - highlights from a vacation, sunsets, drinks, friends, loved ones.
The feature is widely used, and the highlights are located right below a user’s bio on their profile.
However, plenty of users try to obtain an aesthetic look to their Instagram profiles, and having random highlights cover might be ruining the look.
Luckily, there’s an easy fix. You can change the highlight icons, and keep the aesthetic look of your Instagram profile, keep reading to find out how.
Before going into details about changing the cover template of your highlight, read through the steps below to find out how to create a highlight first.
Note: Choose whichever cover temporarily. In the following section, we will guide you through the process of adding a custom cover template to your Highlights.
In order to use a cover photo as a Highlight cover template, you’ll need to either download photos with pre-made graphic designs or create them yourself.
There are plenty of apps on both the App Store for iOS users, and on Google Play for Android users, which are offering colorful matching templates, so you can add similar ones to all your story highlights if you have more than one.
Note: There are apps which are offering pre-made custom templates, but some of these apps also offer for you to create templates yourself.
As we mentioned, there are apps you can find on the App Store/Google Play Store which offer you to create the templates yourself.
Bear in mind, however, most of the apps that are available on the App Store and Google Play offer in-app purchases. The good news is, most of these apps offer a free-trial period ranging from 1 to 7 days, so you can use that trial period to make your templates.
The process of creating them might vary from app to app, however, follow these steps to create them yourself:
Note: After downloading the cover photo, we will go through the steps of adding it as your Instagram Story Highlights Cover. Therefore, if you want to have a custom photo for each individual highlight, create as many cover photos as you have highlights on your Instagram profile.
For those users who don’t feel like creating templates themselves, you can also download pre-made templates.
These will be the final steps, and after finishing these steps, you will finally be done.
From your library, choose the template you downloaded, and click ‘Done’ in the top-right corner of the screen.