How to Add or Change an Instagram Background

Easily tweak your instastory background colors

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By far the most popular types of Instagram Stories are those that use photos or videos, but sometimes using simple text on a basic background can be a lot more effective at communicating what’s on your mind and connecting with your followers.

Here’s everything you need to know about how to add a solid background color to your next Instastory, how to change the background color, and how to use a pattern or image instead.

How to Change an Instagram Story’s Background Color

Using a solid color background in an Instagram Story can be done natively within the iOS and Android Instagram apps.

  1. Open the Instagram app and tap the camera icon to compose a new Story.

  2. From the bottom menu, tap Type.

  3. Tap the small circle icon in the lower-left corner to cycle through your available background color options.

    Tap the camera icon to take a photo and have it show up behind your color background with a 50% transparency effect.

  4. Tap Tap to type and type a message as usual.

    Screencap of the Instagram app on iPhone, creating an Instagram Story.

    Your color options will be limited by the font style used for your text.

  5. While the typing option is active, tap Typewriter to cycle through the different font styles. This will also change your background color options.

  6. After each font style change, tap the small circle icon to view additional cool colorful backgrounds.

  7. When you’re ready, tap any unused space to confirm your text and minimize the keyboard.

    Screencap of the Instagram app on iPhone, creating an Instagram Story.
  8. Tap the white arrow.

  9. You can now add additional text and gifs to your Instagram Story as per usual. Music can also be added to your Instagram Story.

  10. Tap Your Story to publish your new Instagram Story.

    Screencap of the Instagram app on iPhone, creating an Instagram Story.

How to Add Cool Colorful Backgrounds to an Instagram Story

If you want to use something a bit more dynamic than a solid color background in your Instagram Story, you can change the background color to a pattern by uploading your own custom image.

There are a variety of websites that provide a plethora of textured and patterned background images for you to use. Some worth checking out are FreePik, Pexels, and PixaBay.

Here’s how to use a custom image as a background in an Instagram Story.

  1. Open the Instagram app and tap the camera icon to begin a new Instagram Story.

  2. Swipe up on the screen. This will open an image browser within the Instagram app.

  3. Find and tap the image you want to use as an Instagram Story background.

    Screencap of the Instagram app on iPhone, creating an Instagram Story.

    If needed, use two fingers to resize the image so that it fills the entire screen.

  4. Swipe in from the left side of the screen to apply a filter to your Story.

  5. Add any text, gifs, stickers, or music to your Instagram Story.

  6. Tap Your Story to publish. Your newly styled Instagram will now be viewable on Instagram.

    Screencap of the Instagram app on iPhone, creating an Instagram Story.