How to Post Multiple Photos on Instagram

Upload multiple pictures at once

You're not limited to a single image per Instagram post. You can use multiple photos. Here's how to post multiple photos on Instagram, along with how to use filters and editing features on each of those images.

Including multiple photos in one post is ideal to avoid spamming your followers with too many posts. It's also ideal for showing off multiple photos from the same place or with the same theme.

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How to Add Multiple Photos to Instagram

The following instructions can be followed for both the Android and iOS versions of the Instagram app with almost no differences between the two platforms.

  1. Open the Instagram app on your device and select the plus sign (+) button in the bottom menu.

  2. Select the Library option at the bottom if you were previous in Photo or Video mode.

    If this is your first time uploading photos to Instagram, you'll likely be asked to give the app permission to access your library.

  3. Scroll through your library and tap a photo you want to include in your post. It doesn't have to be the first photo you want in your photo set since you can easily change the order later.

  4. Now tap the Photo Set icon in the bottom right corner of the photo preview. (It looks like a couple of cards stacked on top of each other.)

    The Photo Set icon will turn blue and you should notice that the photo you selected in your library thumbnails will show a (1) in blue in the top right corner of it.

  5. Go through your library and tap each additional photo you want to include in your photo set. Again, the order can be changed later.

    How to select multiple photos to upload to Instagram.

    You can include up to 10 photos in a photo set post. You can also include videos up to one minute in length.

  6. Tap Next in the top right.

  7. Now you can swipe left to see the current order of your photos. To change the order, tap and hold any photo to drag it into the correct spot.

    If you change your mind about a photo and want to remove it, just tap and hold it, then drag it down to the trash icon.

  8. Optionally apply the same filter across all photos simultaneously by tapping a filter in the horizontal menu at the bottom.

    If you want to apply different filters to different photos (or leave some without filters), you can do so in the next step.

  9. To edit and apply filters to individual photos, tap the black and white circles icon in the bottom left of any photo.

    From here, you can tap:

    • Magic wand icon (Lux): Located at the top of the photo preview, this effect instantly lightens harsh shadows, darkens highlights and enhances the contrast.
    • Filter: Select an individual filter to be applied only to that photo.
    • Edit: Adjust the angle, brightness, contrast, structure warmth, saturation, and more for that individual photo.

    When finished, tap Done in the top right.

    Screenshots of arranging and editing multiple photos in Instagram.
  10. Repeat step nine for each individual photo in your photo set.

  11. Tap Next in the top right.

  12. Type a caption, tag people, add a location, and optionally turn on sharing for other social networks.

    You can only write one caption and tag one location for the entire photo set. If you want separate captions and tagged locations for each photo, you'll have to post them as individual photo posts.

  13. Tap Share in the top right to post it to your feed.

    Once you post a photo set, you can't make any additional edits to the photos. You can only edit the location, tagged people and caption.

  14. Your photo set post will appear in your followers' feeds, on your profile, and potentially on other users' Explore page as the photo with a photo set icon in the top right. All they have to do to view all of the photos is swipe left on them.