The Best Apps for Making Better Instagram Stories [August 2020]
Instagram is one of our favorite social networks, combining the classic photo sharing utilities of older apps like Flickr with modern social networks like Facebook or Twitter. Using photos and videos, you can design posts for your friends and family to like, share, and comment on, helping to bring everyone closer together no matter where you are in the world.
While the app’s photo sharing tools are incredible, Instagram doesn’t stop there. With their Stories feature, Instagram makes it easy to share moments from your day-to-day life without having to leave them online forever, and direct messages allow you to share posts and Stories across the app.
The built-in tools for Instagram Stories cover most bases and are enough to help you create engaging Stories. But what if you want more? What if you want more editing tools? Better design tools or effects? That’s where third-party apps come in including this range of free or premium apps for making better Instagram Stories. Each of these apps adds something to an Instagram Story. Whether that’s more design options, different effects, different text options or something else. If you’re into Instagram Stories, you should try one of these!
I have used Canva a few times but not for Instagram Stories. It’s a great graphics website that offers mobile apps, Story templates and the ability to upload custom graphics, designs, effects and images. The app is very simple to use and will help you enhance your Insta Story in any number of ways.
InShot is an app I have seen before but not for Instagram Stories. It’s a video and image editor with a lot going on. It has a bunch of editing tools, backgrounds, filters, effects and music options to help you create high quality videos on your phone. Image editing is equally powerful with some great tools for creating quality images, adding text, stickers and a whole lot more.
Adobe Spark Post is another great app for making better Instagram Stories. It has a lot of options from resizing, adding graphics, text effects, images, stickers, slideshow and video effects and the ability to create a video from still images. Adobe products are usually powerful and feature-packed and this one is no different.
StoryArt is designed for Instagram and offers a lot of templates for your Stories, themes, editing tools, design effects, text, fonts, filters and a range of other stuff. Some of the themes are most definitely aimed at female users but the effects and other tools offer something for everyone.
Unfold is another highly rated app that can enhance your Instagram Stories. It has a very cool collage feature with some nice templates. Some of the features of the app are free while others are paid for. The 25 free themes are decent while the 60+ premium ones are definitely better. The text and effects work on images and video too.
Instagram might be owned by Facebook, but you can improve your Instagram Stories by turning to another giant in the tech universe: Microsoft. With Microsoft’s Hyperlapse Mobile app, you can shoot smooth, stable time-lapse videos to add to your story, or even enhance your existing videos with new effects and AI-assisted fixes. It’s a powerful tool, one that can make for some crazy unique stories for your feed.
PhotoGrid is a photo collage app that works perfectly for Instagram Stories. It has some good templates designed for Stories, some filters, background, stickers, fonts, effects, image tools and more. There is also a selfie camera that automatically adds filters to your face if that’s your thing. Otherwise, the filters and effects make this app well worth checking out.
Hypetype is all about text and as that can make up a significant part of any Story, this is where it’s at. The app has fonts, text effects, animated texts, a camera app and animations to add to your Stories. Some of these features are free while some need paying for. The free features are why this app is in the list.
Typorama is another text app ideal for Instagram Stories. This is the app I tend to use when showcasing business marketing mockups as it has some seriously good fonts and text effects. Some of them are really, really good. There are over 50 styles and 100 fonts within this single app along with some more advanced text tools than usual.
SNOW is all about image and video effects. From sepia tones to digital noise, there are a ton of effects here that would work very well in an Instagram Story. There are hundreds of stickers, effects, filters, color options, photo editing tools and more. Most are free but some are premium. The free content make the app worth checking out though.
Most of these apps will help you make better Instagram Stories but most of them will also work with other apps too. For once, the free tools within these apps make them worth checking out rather than making you wish you had the premium ones. While a couple of these definitely save the best tools for the paid-for section, the majority offer enough free stuff to make them worth using.
Got any suggestions for other apps for making better Instagram Stories? Tell us about them below if you do!