Instagram Highlights

Downloads: Instagram Highlights Worksheet

Instagram Stories are a great way for you to connect, interact, engage, and grow your profile. Therefore, being able to save a well thought out, well-produced, story video or photo for your current and new followers to see at any time makes the Highlights feature an important part of your Instagram profile.

Module Outline and Objectives:

  • What are Instagram Highlights

  • Why, where and how to create Highlights

  • How to create a custom Highlight icon

  • Using links to add your Highlight to your website, send through text and more

What are Instagram Highlights?

If you didn’t know by now, an Instagram Story disappears after 24 hours. However, an Instagram Story Highlight allows you to save some of your stories directly onto your profile. The best part? They don’t go away unless you remove them.

Highlights are located under your Instagram bio and can be separated into different categories. Meaning, when posting a new story you can instantly save it on a Highlight, or you can add previously made stories into a Highlight from your archive.

Since the Instagram algorithm rewards interactions, having Highlights on your profile allow another way for you current followers and visitors to continue to interact with a story.

Why should you create Highlights?

  • They allow you to showcase different parts of your business

  • Your branding can instantly be recognized with themed thumbnails

  • They allow you to tell an ongoing story

    • For example, Start to Finish on 123 Main St. listing

  • Another way to encourage visitors to follow you

  • You can showcase your services in a categorized way and also use links to redirect traffic

  • Allows you to save well produced content rather than it being deleted in 24 hours

How do you create a Highlight?

You have two options to create a Highlight:

  1. Create a Highlight from a new story by posting a story and manually saving it to a Highlight

  2. Create a Highlight from an archived story by selecting a story from your archive folder and adding it to a Highlight.

    • Note: You must turn on your Archive option in order to save and add stories to a highlight. We recommend turning this option on now so you can start populating stories into your archive.

Creating a Highlight from a new story

Side Note: If you don’t know how to post a story, review the Instagram Stories module first.


Step 1: After adding a photo, video or post to your story tap Send To >


Step 2: Click Share next to Your Story


Step 3: Tap Add to Highlights to show all of your current Highlights.

If you do not have any Highlights click the + sign to create one. Give it a Name. The click Create.


Step 4: Choose which Highlight you want to Add to by Tapping the Highlight. You story is now added to your Highlight. In the case where you want to save a story to multiple Highlights, just tap each Highlight.


How to save your stories to Archive

Go to your Profile and click the “hamburger” icon (3 stacked lines). Choose Settings at the bottom. Tap Privacy, then select Story. Scroll down and toggle Save to Archive on.


Creating a Highlight from an archived story


Step 1: Go to your Instagram profile and tap the + icon.


Step 2: Choose the stories you want to appear in the Highlight and select Next.

Step 3: Click Edit Cover to upload an icon or choose a story to appear as the cover.

Step 4: Give your Highlight a Name

Step 5: Tap Add


Adding and Deleting stories to a current Highlight on your profile

You can select and add multiple photos or videos your Highlight any time by doing the following:

Step 1: Go to your Instagram profile and hold your finger on the Highlight you want to edit.

Step 2: Click Edit Highlight.

Step 3: Choose the stories you want to add or delete to the Highlight and select Done

To delete the entire Highlight tap and hold the Highlight and click Delete Highlight.

Adding a cover photo or icon to your Highlight

This will be the first thing your visitors see when they go onto your profile. You want to be strategic with your cover photos with consistent branding.

Most people choose an image from their story as their cover photo. However, we want to show you how to create a Highlight cover with a customized image without sharing it to your story.

Already saved icons


If you already have saved icons on your phone use these steps.

Step 1: Go to your Instagram profile and hold your finger on the Highlight you want to edit

Step 2: Click Edit Highlight

Step 3: Tap Edit Cover

Step 4: Select the photo from your camera roll

Step 5: Click Done


Designing Highlight Icons

For this tutorial, we will be using Canva.

However, there are other great tools you can use like Stencil and Snappa.

Step 1: Open Canva and create a Free account if you don’t have one.

Step 2: Click Create a design

Step 3: Choose the Instagram story format

Step 4: Select any template


Step 5: Delete all of the fonts, colors, images, etc. by selecting the item and clicking delete on your keyboard or using the trash icon.

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Step 6: Change the background color by tapping the color wheel.

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Step 7: On the left side, click Elements and use the search field to find your desired icon.


Step 8: Drag and resize the image and change the color (if applicable)

Step 9: Select Download and once in your camera roll, use the steps from the previous section to add it as your Highlight cover

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Using Highlight links

Did you know you can direct links to your Highlights on your website?

Step 1: Go to your profile, open the Highlight you want to link and click More.

Step 2: Click Copy Highlight Link

Step 3: Add a photo where you want and hyperlink it using the link you copied

Click on my Highlights as an example below:


You could also use the link and send it to someone through email, Facebook Messenger, text and more!

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