When you posted a story in your Instagram profile its validity is only for 24 hrs and after 24 hrs it will disappear from your story section. In order to save those stories, Instagram introduced a feature called Instagram highlights; by which you can save the stories in your profile for as long as you want. In this post, I will discuss this feature i.e. what are highlights on Instagram, their uses, etc.
What are highlights on Instagram?
Do you notice, that when you visit another user’s profile and see some little circles under their profile and you wonder what are these things? Well, these little circles are called Instagram highlights. As I told you earlier Instagram highlights are nothing but Instagram stories that enable users to save their stories for future purposes. You can pin them in your profile in order to make them visible to the other users.
Use of Instagram Highlights –
With the help of the highlight feature, you can categorize your old stories so users can see your new and old stories category-wise. Both personal and business account users can take advantage of this feature. With the help of this feature, business owners can share their brand products in their profiles in the form of stories. Also can share informational content ideas, tips, upcoming important events, etc. in the highlights.
How to add highlights on Instagram –
If you want your story to stay forever in your profile then you can make them as well. There are numerous ways you can add highlights to your profile. Below I have mentioned three methods step-by-step processes to add highlights on your Instagram –
First method –
Step 1 – Go to your Instagram profile and click your profile picture. (Note- In order to add highlights, you need to first add a story on your profile.)
Step 2 – By clicking the profile picture your posted story or stories will be open. Open the story that you want to highlight. You’ll see a ‘Highlight’ option at the bottom of your screen. Click it.
Step 3 – When you click the ‘highlight’ option a screen will appear in front of you where you need to add a name. After giving the name, tab the ‘ADD’ option.
Step 4 – After that, another pop-up screen will appear, where you need to tap the ‘Done’ option.
By doing these steps your Instagram highlight will be created as seen in the below picture.
Second method –
Step 1 – Go to your Instagram profile. You will see (+) sign below your profile. Tap it.
Step 2 – Select the story you want to highlight and click tap next.
Step 3 – Now add a name and tap done.
That’s it. Your story will be highlighted in your profile.
Third method –
Step 1 – Go to your Instagram profile and [+] sign at the top end of the right-hand side. Tap.
Step 2 – Choose the ‘Story highlight’ option from the given option as shown in the below picture.
Step 3 – Select the story you want to highlight and add a name to it and tap done.
How to edit highlights on Instagram –
Suppose you want to edit your newly created Instagram highlight. Then what is the way you can do this? I have mentioned the method below step by step –
Step 1 – login to your Instagram account, and go to your profile. Here you can see your highlighted stories.
Step 2 – Choose the highlight that you want to edit, hold for a second; a screen will appear. From there ‘Edit highlight’ will be available, by which you can edit your cover, edit your title and also add other stories to it.
How to change covers for highlights on Instagram –
By default, Instagram will choose a highlight cover for you when creating a story highlight. But this highlight cover may not give you satisfaction. You can always customize your Instagram cover photo.
To customize or make an Instagram cover photo, I have mentioned the following method step-by-step.
You need to create a cover photo before adding it to the Instagram highlight. You can use the online photo and video editor software called ‘Canva’ to make your cover. Numerous free templates are available in Canva, to begin with.
I assume you have already made a cover photo. Now, follow the below steps –
Step 1 – Go to your Instagram profile and select the highlight that you want to make a new cover.
Step 2 – You will see ‘three vertical dots’ at the bottom of the screen when you open the story.
Step 3 – When tap the three vertical dots, a new screen will appear. Choose the ‘Edit Highlight’ option.
Step 4 – You will see an ‘Edit cover’ option just below the circle photo as shown in the below picture. Tap it.
Step 5 – A new screen will appear, from here you can choose your already created cover from the gallery.
Step 6 – When your select your cover tap the done option.
By doing these steps you can change covers for highlights on Instagram.
How to rearrange highlights on Instagram –
Suppose you want to rearrange your highlights, you want one specific highlight to be on first; then the rest of the story highlights; then how will you do it. Well, you can follow the below-mentioned steps –
Let’s understand this by looking at my Instagram account picture. Suppose you want the ‘YouTube’ highlight to be the first highlight and the ‘Insta’ highlight to be the second one.
Now, what will you do?
Please follow the below-mentioned steps –
Step 1 – Tap the ‘YouTube’ highlight. When the story will play, you will see three vertical dots available at the bottom of the screen.
Step 2 – Choose the ‘Edit highlight’ option.
Step 3 – Now go to the stories section as shown in the below picture and select a new story that is related to the ‘YouTube’ highlight or you can choose any category highlight. And tap ‘Done’.
Now you can see from the below picture that the ‘YouTube’ highlight is in the first position. You can delete the newly add highlighted from the YouTube story if it is not relevant to the ‘YouTube’ highlight.
How to delete highlights on Instagram –
Suppose you want to delete a highlight. Then what is the procedure for that? Well, there are two ways you can delete a highlight.
The first way is – Go to your Instagram and look for the specific highlight you want to delete. Hold the highlight for 1 second, a screen will appear in front of you. Choose and tap the ‘Delete highlight’ option. Your highlight will be instantly deleted.
The second way is – Suppose you want to delete an old highlight. Then go to your profile, and you can see ‘three horizontal lines’ at the top of the screen on the right-hand side. Tap it.
A screen will appear with lots of options. Select the Instagram archive option. Now you can see your old stories. Select the Instagram story you want to delete. When you click the story, a vertical three dots will be available at the bottom of the screen, tap it and a delete option will appear on the screen. From there you can delete the old highlight story.
Who can see highlights on Instagram –
Anyone can see your highlights if you’re not posting the highlighted story from your private account. If your account is private then only your close friends can see this.
Can you see who views your highlights on Instagram? Yes of course you can see them. To see who viewed your Instagram highlights – Go to your profile, and open a highlight; you can see the ‘activity’ option at the bottom of your screen on the left-hand side. Tap it, now you can see the number of views and also who viewed your highlights.
How to hide highlights on Instagram –
Suppose you want to hide your highlight from specific followers, then what is the way to do that.
Step 1 – Go to your profile, and tap the three horizontal lines.
Step 2 – Now tap the ‘settings’ option, go to your ‘Privacy’ and tap the ‘story’ option.
Step 3 – You will see the option ‘Hide story from’ which currently shows as 0, tap it. Now select the person you want to hide your highlights from.
I hope from the above discussion you have a tiny knowledge about the Instagram highlights. If you have any suggestions regarding this topic i.e. what are highlights on Instagram, then feel free to comment down below.