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Instagram Story Highlights: Make Your Stories Last Forever

Last updated on July 12, 2023
4 minute read
Key Takeaways

  • Instagram highlights allow your stories to live on your profile indefinitely.
  • They are a great tool to show your customers more about your business.
  • They are simple to create and maintain.

Skill Level

Beginner, Intermediate

You’ve heard of Instagram stories (we hope!), but have you tried Instagram story highlights?! They are an easy-to-use feature that will make your stories stay on your page indefinitely.

These highlights are a useful tool for businesses and do not take a lot of time to manage or create.

This guide will cover what Instagram stories are, a few ideas to get you started, and the simple steps to add them to your page.

What are Instagram Story Highlights?

graphical user interface, applicationInstagram story highlights are categorized stories that are featured on your profile permanently (or until you decide to remove them). Regular stories typically disappear after 24 hours, so this is a way to keep your pictures, videos, and infographics available for your followers to reference or view to get to know your business better.

Highlights live on your Instagram profile underneath your bio. You can have as many highlights as you want, but keep in mind that only five will appear on a mobile device before the user would need to scroll to see more, so we do not recommend creating many more than that.

In the image to the right, each story highlight is represented by a circle button — “Spark,” “Webinars,” “Our Product,” etc.

Not every story you post needs to become a highlight and they are completely customizable. You can delete or add stories within your highlights — just know that they will appear in the order they were originally posted. Meaning your story from June 13th, 2023 will always appear before your story from July 8th, 2023 regardless of when you added them to the highlight.

Story Highlight Ideas for Operators

As a tour or activity operator, you can have a lot of fun with your Instagram stories by incorporating stickers or featuring user-generated content (UGC). But, you do not want your hard work or that part of your social strategy to go to waste!

Here are a few story highlight ideas you can use to help showcase your brand, inform your customers, and attract new engaged followers.

  • Our customers: Add stories that involve your customers, UGC, and your own content.
  • Behind-the-scenes: Create stories introducing your staff or interesting things about how you run your business.
  • FAQ: Post stories that answer all of your most asked questions.
  • The local area: Highlight stories of local businesses you partner with or cool spots customers could visit while visiting your area.

How to Create a Highlight and Add Stories 

Before you can create a highlight, you must have posted at least one story — although we recommend having a lot of stories so your highlights can immediately shine!

To create your new highlight (on your iPhone or Android)

  1. Go to your Instagram profile.
  2. Tap the “+” circle button under your bio.
  3. Tap the stories you would like to add to the highlight and tap “Next.”
  4. Tap “Edit cover” to choose a cover photo and add a name to your highlight. Note that the cover photo does not have to be a story photo.
  5. Tap “Add.”

To add stories to your highlights:

  1. Go to your Instagram profile.
  2. Tap and hold the specific highlight you want to add a story to.
  3. Tap “Edit highlight” then tap “Stories.”
  4. Choose which story or stories you want to add to the highlight.
  5. Tap “Done.”

It’s as easy as that! For more detailed instructions, visit this Instagram help page.

Instagram highlights are a fun addition to your social media tool belt. For more platforms and features you should utilize, visit the three guides below!

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