Keeping up to date with the changes to Instagram and how to use the platform to get your brand more visibility and your blog more visits is key. If you haven’t yet, check out this post 10 Instagram Stories Ideas To Up Your Social Game. From personal profiles, to business profiles, Instagram stories are a great way to interupt the attention of your followers and just show up in their faces (not only in their feeds). This makes Stories almost like an outbound marketing strategy and it makes stories one of the biggest selling points for using Instagram to promote your blog, website or products!
If you’ve already creating Instagram Stories and want to take them to the next level, this blog post is for you. We’re going to show you some of the best apps we use to create Instagram Stories like a total pro, while saving time and planning ahead.
More awesome Stories content means more Stories Highlights at the top of your profile. And all of that means scoring more extra points with Instagram and making your content more visible across the platform and people’s feeds. Boom, it’s all connected!
This list is by no means exhaustive but here are our favorite apps for creating killer Stories content.
Discover our top 8 Instagram Stories apps!
What they say: With Unfold you can create beautiful and engaging stories for Instagram with minimal and easy-to-use templates.
What we say: Probably the coolest Instagram Stories app right now, Unfold allows you to create minimal and stylish Instagram stories where you can style and edit multiple stories (named pages) adding your pictures and then styling them with beautiful typography and creative layouts. I love this app at at the moment and I am actually creating most of my stories using it ever since I’ve downloaded it, it makes things so much easier and you can use it to plan your stories ahead of time! You can then export your stories (all the different pages) to your phone library and they are ready to post one by one.
What they say: Create a new exciting type of video slideshow with PicPlayPost’s new video editor feature. Now you can stitch video collages, videos, photos, gifs, Live Photos all into an amazingly stunning slideshow.
Use pro features to edit your transitions, trim your videos, speed up or reverse a video, add your logo, loop videos and gifs, add up to 300 pieces of content and share in 1080P.
What we say: We just love PicPlayPost for creating collages that are super slick and eye-catching. Plus it’s available on the App Stores, Google Play and Windows. Handy!
What they say: Featured by Google Play, Best Instagram video editor pro and photo editor with adding music, effects and text on video, blur border on video. Best for YouTube videos, vine videos, dubsmash videos, lip sync videos and Don’t Judge Challenge videos!
What we say: This is a sweet app for when you want to change photos or videos from vertical by adding a blurred or solid background. You can also apply filters, insert text, add music and emojis. As an added bonus, you can use it to edit your music!
What they say: Adobe Spark is a free online and mobile graphic design app. Easily create beautiful images, videos, and web pages that make you stand out on social.
What we say: We love this tool or creating collages, videos and animations. Why hire an expensive graphic designer when you can create video stories (great for photo journals, event recaps, portfolios) and animated explainer videos for free with Adobe Spark?!
What they say: Create stunning Stories. In less than 2 minutes. Free for a limited time.
What we say: Stories Ads provides professionally-produced video templates anyone can use. All you have to do is add your own text, image and video into each frame. If you don’t have your own video clips, you can choose from the platform’s free media. Get in quick while it’s still free to use!
What they say: The #1 iOS app for making Instagram Stories longer than 15 seconds.
What we say: This app is super handy for when you want to upload a video to your Instagram Story that’s longer than 15 seconds. The way it works is by splitting up a longer video into 15 second chunks, but viewers of your Story will see just the one long video.
What they say: Ready-to-use design assets from 26,405 independent creators. Graphics, fonts, themes, photos and more, starting at $2!
What we say: Think of this as iStock for templates. Here, you can get Instagram Stories templates pre-designed by talented creators for under $20. Plus, if you sign up now you can get a 10% discount!
What they say: Create beautiful designs and professional graphics with Canva. Whether it’s a photo editor, pic collage, logo, invitation or poster maker you’re looking for — Canva makes graphic design easy.
What we say: We’ve mentioned Canva a lot in our blog posts. It’s an oldie but a goodie; and they’ve populated their platform with lots of premade Stories templates for you to choose from. Quickest way to have a look is to search “instagram stories” in the platform. If your less video focused, these are a really good option.
We hope these IG Stories apps will help you smash your goals! And if you haven’t read it yet, you might like to check out this our Instagram Checklist to 10x your Followers, Engagement and Sales. This Instagram checklist will offer daily tips to engage your followers, foster a relationship from the start, share your story, and grow your Instagram consistently.