December 20, 2016 by kicksta

New to Instagram Stories: 5 Rad Features

New to Instagram Stories: 5 Rad Features

Today Instagram updates Stories with a set of tools to help us get more creative. Last month Instagram added Boomerang and Mentions to make Stories more fun, but today they’re adding stickers, Hands-Free Mode, holiday fun, multiple text, and saving stories. Learn more about what’s new to Instagram Stories.

1. Timestamp – New to Instagram Stories

Add context to your story with Stickers!

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After taking a photo or video, click the new stickers button next to the text and drawing tools to choose a sticker.


Tap the smiley face to find customizable stickers for weather, current time, and location. Make the stickers your own by moving them around, changing their size, or choosing from different styles to fit your mood.


**BONUS: Adding a location sticker works the same as adding location to posts in your feed. Choosing a location will allow people watching your story to tap into the location sticker to learn more about the specific location. But your story won’t show up on the location page itself**

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Subtle stickers let your photo or video shine, while vibrant stickers add an extra pop to your story. Add as many stickers as you want to any part of your story!

2. Hands-Free Mode Record

A new ‘Hands-Free’ option in the format selector lets you start recording a video with just one tap. No need to press and hold!

Whether you’re playing a musical solo, wanting to show yourself building a snowman, or perfecting a headstand – ‘Hands-Free’ mode as made things so much easier.

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3. Stickers 

Happy Holidays from Instagram – a new set of holiday stickers are available for the next few weeks. The candy cane brush is a sweet addition to the drawing tools.

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Look out in the new year for a new set of stickers!!

4. Multiple Text

Wanting to say more in your Stories? Now you can add as much text to your photo or video as you’d like. Keep tapping the text button to add more! Choose between left, center, and right justified text. A new slider lets you adjust size easily with automatic text wrap.

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5. Save

Finally on the iOS, you can now save your entire story for the past 24 hours to your camera roll as a single video. Now you can keep track of those special days!

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