What is the Max Length on Instagram Stories?
If you’re inexperienced when it comes to Instagram, you might be wondering what’s the max length of a Story. It’s something you should know in advance so you do don’t get cut off in the middle of a sentence.
In this article, we’re going to give you all the answers regarding how much time you have for your Instagram Stories.
Instagram Story Max Length
A single Instagram Story can last a max of 15 seconds. And the minimum length is around one second. As soon as the camera starts to roll, you can stop it – and there’s your Story. But there’s more to Instagram Stories than a max and minimum length.
When the feature first came out, the 15 seconds limit seemed quite restrictive. But Instagram quickly fixed that. You don’t have to set the timer when you start creating Stories.
You can simply go on and on, and Instagram will automatically create multiple clips in consecutive order. If a follower is watching your Stories, they won’t even notice the abrupt transition. Because there isn’t any.
Granted, every 15 seconds, there’s a switch to the next clip, but neither you nor the viewer will notice it. So, when you feel like you’re on roll creativity wise, or you just feel like sharing, don’t let the time limitations stop you.
How to Create an Instagram Story
Now that you know you have enough time to do whatever you wish with your Stories, it’s a good moment to brush up on how to create an Instagram Story in the first place.
People who use this feature every day, have no doubt got this off pat, but that’s not the case for everyone. Here’s how you make an Instagram Story:
- Launch the Instagram app on your phone.
- Click on the Camera icon on the top left corner of the screen. Or just swipe right.
- Select a filter if you want and then press the record button and hold.
- Once you’re done creating the clip, you’ll see the Instagram Story editor.
- From there, you can edit, scribble, add stickers, emojis, or any of the many Story tags.
- You can repeat this process for as many clips as you’ve created.
- Click on “Your Story” to post. You can also post the stories for Close Friends only or send them via Direct Messages.
If you’re not happy how your Stories turned out, click the “X” at the top left corner and select “Discard”. And if you’re not sure that you want to post the stories right away, you can save them to your device and do it later. Just click on the downward arrow button (download button).
Types of Instagram Stories
Instagram is an excellent platform for everyone who wants to showcase their creativity. And the Story feature gives you that extra layer of spontaneity.
You can have a great idea and quickly post it on your stories. After 24h those clips will be gone anyway. At least your followers won’t be able to see them anymore.
So, let’s see what kinds of Instagram Stories are most popular.
Believe it or not, many people use Instagram as a perfect place to write something. You can select a beautiful background color, choose a font size, and use the Story to say what’s on your mind when you’re not in the mood for recording.
Another type of Story is a Music Story. There’s no better way than conveying how you’re currently feeling in than through music. You can search a song you like, select a portion of the song you want to share, and then tap the music note icon.
Lately, Instagram users are loving the Live Story feature. You can start a live Story from your device at any moment. And you have the max length of 60 minutes to talk your heart out.
Many Instagram businesses and celebrities love using this feature because they can interact with their customers or fans directly. Finally, you can always do a Boomerang. It’s a feature that loops several quickly taken photos and loops them to create an animated clip.
Make Your Story Time Count
Instagram users are used to the 15-second max length for each Story. But it doesn’t mean Instagram won’t make it longer at some point. They’re always working on innovations and improvements. Until then, you can always rely on the multiple clip feature, and not let any time limitations stop you from posting your best stories.
The Stories editor can be a fun place too, and the sticker market grows every day. They’re probably more important than the Instagram feed nowadays.
Do you prefer Instagram Stories or Instagram Feed? Let us know in the comments section below.