How to Add or Change an Instagram Background

Easily tweak your instastory background colors

The Ultimate Guide to Instagram
The Ultimate Guide to Instagram

Instagram Stories that use photos or videos are by far the most popular, but sometimes using simple text on a basic background is 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. Here's how:

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

  2. From the bottom menu, select Create.

  3. Tap the small circle icon in the lower-right 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.

    Give your Instagram Stories some flair by changing the background

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

  5. While the typing option is active, tap the top middle button to cycle through the different font styles. This also changes 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.

  8. You can now add additional text and gifs to your Instagram Story. Music can also be added to your Instagram Story.

  9. Tap Your Story when you're ready to publish.

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 opens a photo gallery within the Instagram app.

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

    Adding a custom background to Instagram story

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

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

  5. Tap Your Story to publish. Your newly styled Instagram is now viewable on your feed.

    Creating an Instagram Story