Thursday, January 20

How to create your own Instagram highlights

Instagram has become one of the leading platforms for marketing, business, and brand recognition. For that reason, every serious business, influencer, and celebrity has their own Instagram highlights. Your best Instagram Stories are all compiled into your Instagram Highlights.

If you want to know how to create your own Instagram highlights, you are in the right place. Read on to discover the best ways to create Instagram covers on your own.

Instagram Highlights 101

Instagram highlights are easy to do. All you need is the Instagram app to Android O iOS. Follow the links even if you already have the app because you need to get the latest app updates.

The next thing you need are Instagram Stories. If you’ve just created an Instagram Story, here’s how to add it to your highlights:

  1. Open Instagram and tap on your story.
  2. Select Highlight in the lower right corner of your screen.

  3. Select the Highlight where you would like to add this story.

  4. Alternatively, you can select New to make a new highlight. Give it a name and tap Add to add your story to the latest Highlight.

Alternative method to create Instagram highlights

Here is an alternative method that you can use to create new Instagram highlights. It’s probably more efficient because it allows you to add multiple stories to a highlight at once. Follow these steps:

  1. Launch the Instagram application on your device.

  2. Touch your profile (icon in the lower right corner of your screen).

  3. Select the New option (plus sign).

  4. Choose the stories you want to be highlighted (new Highlight window).

  5. Press the Next button in the upper right corner of the screen.

  6. Rename the highlight to your preference, choose the cover of the highlight, and press Done to confirm.

How to edit the cover of Instagram Highlights

Choosing and editing a good cover image for your Instagram Stories is important, as it gives your followers or people who visit your page an idea of ​​what will be featured in the highlights. Editing a featured cover photo is pretty straightforward, just follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to your Instagram profile and select Highlight who is the cover image you would like to edit.

  2. In the lower right corner, tap the 3-dot button that says “More.”

  3. Tap ‘Edit Highlight’.

  4. Tap “Edit Cover” near the top.

  5. Select the photo you would like to use as your Featured cover image. Use your fingers to zoom or reposition the part of the photo that will be used as the cover.

Use third party apps

If you’re not a Photoshop genius, don’t worry. Some great third-party apps and sites can help you create your Instagram highlight cover. Let’s go over the instructions for some of the best apps you can use.


Upon is one of the most popular free tools that you can use to enhance your Instagram profile. This application is available for free on iOS and Android devices. Download it by following the link above and start using it for Instagram Featured Covers:

  1. Find an icon pack online and download it to your phone or tablet.

  2. Launch Over on your device.
  3. Tap the image if you want to import a cover, or choose from the wide selection of covers (see the Design Collections section).

  4. When you decide on a cover, you need to adjust its size. Select the Layers menu and choose the background layer. Finally, tap on the dimensions of the Instagram story cover.
  5. Feel free to experiment with your cover colors. Select the Background and use the roller to change the color. If it has a mark, adjust the brightness to resemble it.

  6. You can then go back to the Layers menu and remove everything unnecessary (any extra words, etc.).

  7. When your background is complete, tap Image and choose an icon from the device gallery.

  8. Place the icon in the center (feel free to resize it by pinching it with two fingers). You can add your icon to Favorites to find it easier next time.

  9. Alternatively, you can use text instead of icons. Choose Text instead of Image and choose the font.

  10. When you are done with everything, confirm with the yellow check mark: press Export and then Save. Your new Instagram highlight cover will be saved to your device gallery.


Canva is an excellent alternative to Over. It is a free tool with basically the same function as Over. Follow the instructions to create your Instagram Highlight covers with Canva:

  1. Visit and sign up for an account (free of charge).

  2. Click Create a layout and choose custom dimensions.

  3. Set the dimensions to 1080 (width) by 1920 (height), so it can fit Instagram highlights.

  4. Get your computer icon. You can easily find many images online if you don’t have one ready.

  5. Select Upload an image or video. Select the icon image.

  6. Select the Background (there is a wide selection of Canva images that you can use or use natural colors).

  7. Tap Add a new page so that you can replicate the cover. You can keep uploading new icons and creating multiple covers.

  8. When done, click Publish, followed by Download. Select the file type and confirm with Download.

These files will be compressed. Make sure to unzip them and send them to your mobile device gallery so you can use them as Instagram highlight covers. On Instagram, visit the profile page and tap on the highlights you want to edit. Select More, followed by Edit Highlight and finally choose Edit Cover. Choose the image you created in Canva from your gallery and upload it. Press Done to confirm.

Enjoy your new highlights on Instagram

Now you can create your own Instagram highlights and covers for them. If you use GI professionally, this is especially important. Make sure to choose your brand colors and maybe add your name to your cover.

Have any tips, tricks, or questions related to Instagram Stories? Share with us in the comment section below.

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