How To Use Instagram’s New Layouts Mode

How To Use Instagram’s New Layouts Mode
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A brand-new Instagram update has finally added a much-requested feature to the app: Users can upload a collage of multiple photos in a single Instagram story and use a new “Layout” mode to create more engaging story posts.

Instagram’s Layout mode for story posts might be missing a few of the customisation options or extra features that some third-party alternatives have, but it’s a much more convenient option. You don’t have to install anything extra, juggle between multiple apps, or fiddle with lots of copy-and-pasting—it all happens within the main Instagram app now.

How to create multi-photo story posts in Instagram

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The Layout feature for Instagram Stories is rolling out globally today, though the exact availability may differ depending on your device and region. If you can’t locate the new option using the steps below, make sure you’ve updated your Instagram app on iOS or Android. If the option still isn’t available, sit tight—it should appear soon.

ImageScreenshot: Brendan Hesse

For those who already have the option, here’s how it works:

  1. Open Instagram and tap the Camera icon in the upper left corner of the app to begin a new Story post.

  2. Swipe left across the bottom carousel of options until you find “Layout.”

  3. Take a few photos to be included in your Story post (you can include up to six total).

  4. Pick whichever grid-like layout you want to use for your collage. There are several layout options available to pick from (and, no, you won’t be able to edit each individual photo in your layout).

  5. Similar to regular Instagram stories, you can add other elements like text, tags, filters, emojis, drawings, GIFs, and more.

  6. Once you’re satisfied with the layout and are ready to share, tap “Send to Story.”

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