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Here’s How You Can Add Beautiful Insta Story Highlight Covers

Have you already purchased that beautiful Instagram story highlight cover, but you’ve no idea how to incorporate it into your profile? Here’s a step-by-step walkthrough on what to do next. It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3!

Now that you’re all set with your latest purchase of beautiful Instagram story highlight covers, you must be wondering, “How do I add these nice circles as my highlight covers?”

Photo by Christian Wiediger

Instagram chooses the first photo of your highlight as your default cover. Hence, your Instagram page may seem not quite streamlined and cohesive as you would prefer it to be.

Don’t fret, because it is a really simple and doable process to change the cover making it the perfect opportunity to add to the aesthetics of your branding.

Follow our step-by-step walkthrough below and you’ll be customizing your Instagram highlight covers to looking awesome in no time.

  1. Download and unzip it.

Once you’ve completed your purchase, download the files into your computer, which will appear as a zip folder. This requires you to unzip the folder by extracting everything in that file.

2. Save the image to your phone.

Once the images in the file have been extracted, it will appear as either a PNG file or a JPG file. This allows you to transfer the image into your phone.

3. Edit the cover.

We will be using TheHungryJPEG’s Instagram page as an example. Here’s how to edit the cover:

  • Press and hold your finger on an existing highlight: The “TEMPLATES” highlight, for example.
  • Select the “Edit Highlight” option.
  • Click on the “Edit Cover” option below the highlight circle.

You will be taken to the “Edit Cover” page on your phone.

  • Then, click on the image icon at the bottom of the page.
  • Tap “Done” to save your changes

And you’re done!

Now, repeat the process for all of the other highlights on your page available to your followers. This streamlined branding of Insta story highlight icons is a great way for your followers to navigate through content from your past stories that can live on forever.

Which Crafters Brand their Instagram Highlight Covers?

  1. @laurascraftylife

Crafter, Laura Silva of @laurascraftylife, uses consistent icons for each of her highlight covers. However, she labels her highlights accordingly with simple highlight names to clarify the themes: Organize, bathroom update, free printables, planner). You can use up to 15 characters in the name. Long names will not appear fully on your page, so you might have to shorten it.

2. @hoosierhomemade

On @hoosierhomemade’s Instagram page, the colors of the covers — white background and green outer circles — are cohesive with the company’s logo. You will find highlights for their recipes, projects, holidays, decorations, and so on, with its respective icons drawing their followers’ attention straight to the streamlined icons on the page where they can easily navigate through each one.

That’s it for our tips on Insta Story highlight covers. Explore our blog for more useful guides!

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