3 simple ways to change the background color of your Instagram story

3 simple ways to change the background color of your Instagram story
You can change your Instagram background using the pen, brush, and dropper tools or with a premade background.Prostock-Studio/Getty Images
  • You can change the background color of an Instagram story when you upload or repost an image.
  • You can also change the background color of a story that has just text or stickers with the Create tool.
  • If you have a pre-made background, you can upload it to your story and customize it from there.

You can customize your Instagram story in a number of ways, including altering the color of your background.

Depending on the type of post you want, you can create Instagram stories featuring a solid background with or without photos, and even using pre-made backgrounds or designs.
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Available for both Android and iPhone Instagrammers, you'll need to either upload a photo, pre-made background, or Instagram story you were tagged in or use the Create tool to start a text Story post from scratch.
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From there you can use the Pen or Highlighter brushes, the dropper tool, and your own fingers to change the background color of an Instagram story. Here's how to do it all.

How to change the background color on an Instagram story using an image

If you want to change the background color of an Instagram story that has an image, here's how to do it.
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1. Select any photo. This can be another story you were tagged in or a brand new photo you want to upload.
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2. On the post's draft screen, place two fingers on the story image and move them in a pinching motion to make your photo smaller if you can't see Instagram's pre-selected post background.

3. At the top of your story draft screen, tap the scribble icon to the left of the text icon.
3 simple ways to change the background color of your Instagram story
Tap the scribble icon next to the text icon to begin editing your Instagram story background.Abbey White/Insider
4. To create a solid background, tap the "pen" icon - the first brush to the left in the menu bar - before selecting the color you want for your background in the slider at the bottom of the screen.
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3 simple ways to change the background color of your Instagram story
Choose the pen brush and the color for your Instagram story background.Abbey White/Insider

5. If you want to create a background that's opaque and reveals the image underneath, choose the "highlighter" icon - the second brush and not the down arrow - before selecting the color you want from the bottom menu slider.

3 simple ways to change the background color of your Instagram story
Select the highlighter brush and choose your opacity for your Instagram story background.Abbey White/Insider

6. With one finger, tap and hold on the screen for several seconds. When you release, the entire post color should change to the one you selected. From there you can add new text, stickers, emojis, and more to the solid background.

3 simple ways to change the background color of your Instagram story
Depending on the brush you used, your Instagram story background will change colors and opacity.Abbey White/Insider
7. If you'd like to re-reveal the photo underneath, first tap the eraser icon.
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8. Use the slider on the left side of the screen to make your brush size bigger or smaller before using your finger to wipe away the color over your photo.

3 simple ways to change the background color of your Instagram story
You can erase the Instagram story background color and reveal the image underneath.Abbey White/Insider

9. Tap the check icon in the top right corner to save your changes.

Quick tip: If you don't want to choose a pre-selected background color but one found in your photo, tap the dropper tool and wait for the color "balloon" to appear. Drag the balloon over the part of the photo with the chosen color, then release your finger to lock it in on the dropper.
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3 simple ways to change the background color of your Instagram story
Use a finger to move the color dropper balloon around the photo.Abbey White/Insider

How to change the background color on your Instagram story using the Create tool

If you don't want any photo element with your background color, and instead just want a regular Instagram text post with a solid background color, here's a shortcut.

1. On your profile page, tap your Instagram icon to access the story menu.
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3 simple ways to change the background color of your Instagram story
Tap your story icon to begin creating one.Abbey White/Insider

2. In the left side menu, select the Font icon (Aa) to create a new story draft.

3 simple ways to change the background color of your Instagram story
Select the text icon to begin with a blank Instagram story and change the background color.Abbey White/Insider
3. At the top of the screen, tap the scribble icon. 4. Select the Pen or Highlighter brush depending on whether you want the background to be solid or opaque.
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5. Choose a preset color from the bottom slider, then tap and hold the post for several seconds before releasing it and enabling your new background color.

6. Save any changes when you're finished.

How to change the background color on an Instagram story using a pre-made background

If you are adept at creating your own backgrounds in Photoshop or found one through free stock image sites like pexels.com and unsplash.com, you can upload it quickly and easily to your story.
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1. Download or save the background you want to upload to your Instagram story to your phone's photo library.

2. Open the Instagram story tool.

3. Select the photo gallery icon in the bottom left corner of the story screen.
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3 simple ways to change the background color of your Instagram story
Open your photo gallery from inside the Instagram app.Abbey White/Insider
4. Choose the background from the grid of available photos.

5. Use two fingers to expand the background to cover the entire story screen, then begin customizing your Instagram story.

3 simple ways to change the background color of your Instagram story
Expand the background to however large you want it to be for your Instagram story.Abbey White/Insider
6. Save your changes.
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