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.

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 the Camera icon at the top left corner or swipe right on your news feed to create a story. If it is your first photo or video in your story then you can also tap on the Your Story icon at the top of the news feed where are the stories of users you follow appear.

Upload photos/videos to Instagram Story from Gallery/Camera roll

2. Latest Update: If you are on Instagram app version 10.26 or later then there is gallery icon introduced on the Camera screen. Tap on it to get the photos or videos from the Camera Roll or Gallery(Last 24 hours).

Upload Instagram Stories from Gallery or Camera roll - Latest Update 2017

In case you are using an older version of the app then follow the method below.

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 the 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 checkmark at the bottom center.

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

In order to upload multiple photos/videos to Instagram story, come back to the home screen(news feed) on the Instagram app.  Now, don’t tap on Your Story icon to upload second or more photos/videos. Use the following the two options as shown in the image below to get to the Camera screen and add multiple stories.

Add Multiple photos or videos to Instagram Stories

Don’t tap on Your Story icon to upload photo/video after adding one media to the Story

Resize the Photo Properly while adding from Gallery/Camera Roll

Now, you might face an issue with photos being zoomed in and not completely visible while adding them from smartphone’s gallery to Instagram Story. For that, Jennifer Lo shared a smart hack in the comments section below which works like a charm.

Take the screenshot of the desired photo and then add it to your Instagram Story using the method above. This will make the image fit perfectly with blank spaces on the top and below the picture which can be used to add text, emoticons or draw something.

Thanks a lot, Jennifer 😀. This hack helped me and I am sure it will help other Instagrammers as well.

If you are facing any issues then have a look at this video which describes the same procedure.

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

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