Instagram stories may have started out feeling like a rip-off of Snapchat, but they have quickly become one of the biggest elements of social media. Nowadays, with anyone and everyone trying to make themselves seen on Insta, a good story is something that can help you stand out. Stories help you share experiences with people through just a few photos, and for some people, they’re a great way to showcase creativity.
But taking the time to post all the individual photos and carefully curate them with your favorite stickers can take you out of the moment. It’s also not always doable — sometimes you just aren’t in a place with a good enough internet connection to post on Instagram. Even afterward, uploading pictures one at a time to your story is tedious.
Adding Multiple Stories to Instagram Stories
Adding multiple photos to a single Instagram story at once can help you be more efficient or carefully craft your social media presence. There are two main ways to fill up your Insta story in one go, and they are each good for different methods of crafting a story. Before we dive in, you should be aware these methods are focused specifically on the Instagram app for smart devices — iPhones, Androids, iPads, Samsung tablets, etc. Most people use Instagram this way, so it’s a more relevant solution. Plus, people sitting down at a computer to use Instagram likely aren’t too worried about efficiency or their ability to curate photos.
The first method is the more straightforward one. It’s quick, simple, and doesn’t require you to have any special knowledge or equipment. The ability to upload multiple pictures to your story at once is already built into the Instagram app, but it’s not too obvious if you don’t know where to look. As a heads-up, you’ll need to have whatever pictures you plan on adding to your story already on your camera roll, so keep that in mind whenever you plan on using this method.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Adding Multiple Pictures to Instagram Stories
First, from the Instagram home page, you’ll need to get to one of the photo modes that can add to your story. There are three easy ways to do this.
Tapping the camera icon in the top left corner or on your story icon when your story is empty takes you there directly. If you already have some pictures on your story, you can start playing it, then tap on your profile icon in the top left corner with the little blue plus sign.
You can also get there by tapping the DM icon in the top right corner, then selecting the “Camera” option at the very bottom. Whichever way you prefer, these should all take you to a familiar-looking photo mode.
Check at the bottom of the screen to make sure you have “Story” selected, then tap the icon in the bottom left — it should look like the latest image you have in your camera roll.
You’ll then see all your most recent photos in a grid, and a little button in the top right that looks a bit like stacked pictures.
When you tap it, your photos will all get empty checkboxes on them. From here, you’ll be able to scroll freely and select up to ten photos at once to add to your story.
You’ll know when you’ve selected a picture because the gray bubble will turn into a highlighted blue number, so make sure you deselect the ones you don’t want. It’s pretty easy to accidentally select an image you didn’t mean to while scrolling.
It’s also important to note that the photos will appear on your story in the order you select them — the first picture you pick will be the first one in the batch people will see when they look at your story. Instagram is pretty nice and numbers the photos you select as a little reminder of the order they’ll be in.
When you have all the photos you want to add to your story, hit the “Next” button in the bottom right corner. You’ll get the option to swipe through the photos and tailor them however you want. Here’s where you get to pick the perfect filters, add stickers, draw whatever you like on the photos, and add text or captions. You can add as much or as little to these images as you want, and each one will keep whatever changes you make to it when you add them to your story — the heart you doodle on one picture won’t show up on the rest, so feel free to go nuts.
When you have them looking the way you want, just hit the “Next” button again. You’ll come to a menu with the options to add to your story, share with your Close Friends list, or send the batch of images to specific people. You can select multiple options, so if you want to make sure a particular person sees your story, you can send it into their DMs and still add to your story. Be careful with that though, some people might think it’s a bit rude.
But if you’re just looking to add to your story, tap the “share” button by your story, hit done, and there you go! The whole process can honestly be done in under a minute if you don’t spend too much time curating the photos. Even if you selected the maximum amount of pictures and poured a ton of detail into each of them, it wouldn’t take up much time at all.
This is probably the solution most people are looking for when they ask how to put multiple pictures on your Instagram story at once. It’s simple, quick, and a great way to fill up a story that will keep people’s attention. You can also add videos from your phone’s camera roll using this method, as well as mix and match photos with videos. This is probably the method you’d want to take if you want the individual pictures to shine, or if you’re just a sucker for efficiency. However, for the social media users looking to step up their game just a bit more, there is another way to get multiple pictures on your story at once.
The second method requires a bit more work and some outside resources, but it will be much more rewarding for the creative Instagram user and someone who is looking to nail their aesthetic. Rather than post a bunch of individual images, you can collect and arrange them into collages that can be uploaded to your story as a single image. This can seem intimidating if you don’t have experience with photo editing software and access to a moderately powerful computer to do the editing on. However, there is a remarkably simple way to make collages for Instagram with nothing but a smartphone: Layout.
Playing with the App Layout
Layout is a free app available in the iOS and Android appstores, and it is incredibly easy to get the hang of. It allows you to make simple collages from the photos already on your camera roll, and it also has its own photo booth mode for when you need to quickly capture a moment. One of Instagram’s new features is a built-in layout option in the photo booth, but it is incredibly simple, so you won’t be able to do quite as much as you could with the Layout app.
Layout lets you add up to nine photos at a time to a collage. From there, you can resize the individual images with the sliders so you can make sure people will focus on the parts you want them to. You can also flip and mirror images to create some cool looking effects. It can be a little tricky to get the images rotated into the specific way you want them since that involves some button sequences, but you’ll get the hang of it after you play with the editor for a few minutes. Once you get the collage looking the way you want it, Layout will save it as a new image in your phone’s camera roll. You’ll then also get the option to post it directly to your Instagram and/or Facebook story with a single tap. There is also an extended menu you can open to post the collage on other social media outlets, or even text it directly to someone.
It doesn’t require too much effort to hastily put a collage together with Layout, but it has the potential for much more micromanaging than the previous simple multi-select method. That being said, Layout doesn’t let you mess too much with the individual images in the collage. If you want to add stickers and captions to the smaller parts of the collage, you have to jump through some hoops. This involves either some basic photo editing software, or you tailoring the individual images in Instagram before saving them and adding to the collage. As I said, this is a bit more work and time, but you can pull off some visually pleasing stuff if you’re willing to put in the effort.
You’re technically limited to nine photos at a time, but trying to add any more past that would make the individual images a bit hard to see on a normal phone screen. There are quite a few layouts to pick from based on the number of photos you want in the collage at once, but they aren’t too fancy. You don’t get the options to rotate the images to specific angles, and you can’t crop or shape the photos in any meaningful way. There is an option to add borders to your collage, but they are as basic as it gets: Do you want the white borderlines, yes or no?
In our experience, the border option isn’t that meaningful either since the collages almost always look better without a border. You also can’t use any videos from your camera roll with Layout, which will undoubtedly turn some people off. Still, for someone with no experience and a tight budget, it’s a great way to get your feet wet in making Insta collages.
It’s worth mentioning that Layout isn’t the only collage building app for iPhones and Androids. Apps like PicCollage and UNUM can get the job done just as well, and often have a bit more functionality. A few even can use your videos or create animated collages. However, Layout stands out since it is sort of a partner app. It’s developed by the Instagram team itself, and you get its full range of functionality for free without the hassle of ads. Since Layout was specifically made to work with Insta, you never have to worry about compatibility or formatting issues.
Other collage apps and software are usually a bit more generic tools, intended for people looking to make collages for the sake of the collages themselves. You can’t guarantee that something you make in one of the non-partner apps will even work for posting to your Instagram story. For a hardcore social media personality, you’d be better off looking into a much more nuanced app or computer software.
Neither of these methods is “the solution” to posting multiple pictures on your Instagram story at once. There are benefits and downsides to both, so it’s mostly about what you’re trying to accomplish. Just looking to full your story with images without too much hassle? Use the built-in multi-select feature. Want to put in a smidge more effort to try and impress a few people? Find yourself a collage app or software — I recommend Layout to start. Realistically, nothing is stopping you from using both of these things, and if I were a savvy social media personality, that’s certainly what we would do.
Additional Options for Adding Multiple Photos
We should mention there is a third way you can paste multiple images to your Insta story at once. It’s a bit closer to the collage method, but it doesn’t require any extra apps. We found we didn’t like it too much because of how awkward it felt to use, so we didn’t want to highlight it too much but for the sake of being thorough, we are sure there will be someone who enjoys this method more than the other two. So with that being said, we’ll walk you through option 3: The Copy and Paste method.
This one requires you to start in your Photos app and not Instagram.
Select one of the photos you want to add to your story, open the options menu in the bottom left corner, and tap “Copy Photo.”
Next, open Instagram, and go to the photo booth like you were going to add to your story. Either take a picture or use one of the templates to give yourself a background.
Then, use the text tool to paste the image onto your background manually. You can move the images around and adjust the size and the angles just like you could with regular text.
Lastly, for each other image you want to add, you have to go back to your Photos app and repeat the whole process.
To be fair, you can do a lot of cool stuff with this method. The ability to tweak sizes and angles lets you make some nice looking collages without needing another app. Also, unlike the other two methods, you can copy photos directly from Google. Though, when you get up to more than a few images, they become hard to manage with just a touchscreen. Plus, as we mentioned earlier, the jumping back and forth between apps is tedious and time-consuming. This feels like the level of effort and detail that would justify just using an actual photo editing software instead, but that might not be true for everyone.
This method is free, after all, and most decent photo editing and arrangement applications for a computer aren’t, so it at least has that going for it. If you’re trying to nail your ideal aesthetic and don’t mind an occasional bit of frustration, this is probably a great option for you. Just keep in mind, with more photos engagement can increase which means more followers and more money, just like making money on Onlyfans.
Again, none of the methods seem objectively better than any of the others. The effect you’re trying to create will most likely decide which of the methods you wanna go for. The muti-select option is great for highlighting individual pictures and for overall convenience. Collage apps are a fantastic way to show off your creative skill and leave you with a neat image that can be used for more than just Instagram. The Copy and Paste Method is a tad clunky, but it strikes a great balance between showcasing specific pictures and aesthetic micro-managing.