How to add photos or videos in Instagram stories from Gallery, Camera roll

Earlier this month Instagram launched it’s new feature Stories. I did share a tutorial to create Instagram Stories. This article is a result of one of those queries which users asks us via our Contact form, Social Media or personal accounts of our Editors. There was a similar question a user requested me to answer on Quora about “How can I add Instagram stories from Gallery or Camera roll?” and hence I come up with a solution to add photos and videos in Instagram story from smartphone’s Gallery.

You might wish to upload a photo from your iPhone Camera roll or Android Gallery because that was one of the best shots you took in the last 24 hours at least. Or you weren’t able to access Instagram when that moment was happening. Or you couldn’t find a good filter in Instagram stories default filters. For such situations, Instagram does allow you to post photos and videos from your smartphone’s gallery to your Stories. Here’s how.

How to Add photos to Instagram Stories from Camera roll

Add Posts in Instagram Stories from Gallery or Camera roll

This is quite simple. But most of the Instagrammers don’t know it yet because it is somewhat hidden and isn’t visible straight away.

1. Open Instagram and tap on Create Instagram Story icon at the top left corner or swipe right on your news feed to create a story.

How to create Instagram stories

2. Now instead of clicking a snap or recording a video, Swipe downwards from the top of the screen. With the latest update now you can Swipe downwards or even upwards. The photos/videos from Gallery will show up at the bottom now instead of on the top which used to be the case earlier.


Add photos and videos to Instagram stories from Gallery
Add photos from Gallery Instagram Story

3. Woah! You will see all the pictures and videos you captured in the last 24 hours. This is because Instagram stories are all about what happens in last 24 hours. But nevertheless, you will be able to upload photos and videos from your phone’s gallery to Instagram stories which is what you wanted.

Important: If you are not able to see photos/videos from Camera roll/Gallery even after swiping then it is because you have no media(photo/video) in your gallery from last 24 hours(you will see the message shown in picture below instead of media). In that case, you can follow upload photos older than 24 hours to Instagram Story.

Instagram story from gallery

4. Select the desired photo. After which, you may add text, filters, drawings to the photo or video and select the Circular icon with a check-mark at the bottom center.

Your photo or video from Camera roll will be added to your Instagram story.

While talking about Instagram stories you might also want to hide Instagram Story from specific followers.

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26 thoughts on “How to add photos or videos in Instagram stories from Gallery, Camera roll

  1. hey I want to upload 2 3 photos in my story but I can’t after 1 photo my story ends ,so I want to know that how to upload 2 or more photos in my story..?

  2. Hey thanks for this! All posts I’ve found previously suggest there is an ‘add to story’ tick at the bottom of the screen. Not so!
    Thanks to you I’ve created my first insta story ???

  3. Thank you so much. I really had no idea before, of how to add photos from the gallery to insta stories and now I know it. Thanks for helping.☺

  4. What about resizing a photo from your camera roll to add to your Instagram story. They don’t allow you to crop/make it smaller as most of the time the image is too zoomed in.

    1. I have hacked this by taking a screenshot of my image from my photo albums. Then you have a border above and below, but it always fits. I use this border to add text and emojis 🙂

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