How to Create Instagram Stories Highlights Covers (+ Free Icons!)

Ready to take your Instagram aesthetic to the next level? Creating your own Instagram Stories Highlights covers is a great way to keep your Instagram profile on brand.

Instagram Stories Highlights are an awesome way to share important information about your brand directly on your Instagram profile. 

Since your Instagram Stories Highlights are located directly below your Instagram bio (aka front and centre on your profile!) you’ll want to ensure that they stand out and grab people’s attention.

A great way to do this is by creating cohesive Instagram Stories Highlights covers that align with your brand! Here’s how to do it:

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How to Create Instagram Stories Highlights Covers

To help you easily create your own Instagram Stories Highlights covers, we’re sharing free Instagram Stories Highlights icons that you can customize to fit your profile!  

Whether you want a cute plant icon or more business related icons like a store, newsletter, or computer, we have you covered with 36 different covers and 12 unique icons!

Simply enter your email below to download the icons:
 

 
Want to customize your Instagram Stories Highlights covers to match your own brand colors? No problem! Just follow our step-by-step tutorial using Canva to create your own. Here’s a sneak peek of some of the icons:

Note: For this tutorial, we’re going to be using the desktop version of Canva. However, you can also create Instagram Stories Highlights covers in the Canva app. To create covers in the app, choose the “Your Story” template to ensure you’re using the correct dimensions.  Otherwise, follow the steps below.

How to Customize Your Instagram Stories Highlights Icons and Covers:

Follow these steps to customize your Instagram Stories Highlights covers using our free icons! If you’re a photoshop pro, you probably already know what to do.

But if you aren’t, we’ll be using the free Canva tool.

Note: For this tutorial, we’re going to be using the desktop version of Canva. However, you can also create Instagram Stories Highlights covers in the Canva app. To create covers in the app, choose the “Your Story” template to ensure you’re using the correct dimensions.  Otherwise, follow the steps below.

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For the desktop instructions, follow these steps:

1. Open Canva & Choose ‘Create a Design’

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2. Select ‘Choose Custom Dimensions’

  • Select ‘Choose Custom Dimensions’ on the top right.
  • Enter “1080 x 1920” pixels then click ‘Design’.

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3. Download our Free Instagram Stories Highlights Icons

If you haven’t downloaded our free icons yet, just enter your email here to be sent them:
 

 

 4. Add Your Free Icons Into Canva

  • Open the ‘Icon’s Only’ Folder from the zip file.
  • Select the Instagram Stories Highlights icons you’d like to use.
  • Click and drag the icons from the folder into Canva.

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5. Choose Your Instagram Stories Highlights Cover Color or Background

Keep your Instagram Stories Highlights covers cohesive with the rest of your business by using your brand colors.

To do this:

  • Select ‘Background’ on the left.
  • Click the ‘+’ to add your brand’s colors. (you can also use a pattern for your cover background, it’s totally up to you!)

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6. Add Your Icon (or add Text) & Resize

  • Select an icon by clicking on ‘Uploads’ on the left. Canva will place the icon on your background.
  • Click and drag the corner of your icon to resize it.
  • Note: If you don’t want to use an icon, you can add text instead by selecting the Text option on the left, choosing your font at the top, and typing out your text.
  • Center your icon or text on your background. Canva will show guidelines to alert you when your icon is centered.

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7. Add New Page & Repeat

  • Click ‘Add New Page’ directly below your first background to create your next Instagram Stories Highlights Cover.
  • Change your background color or pattern (if you prefer) and add a new icon.
  • Repeat this process until you’ve created all of your Instagram Stories Highlights covers.

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8. Download

Once you’ve created all of your Instagram Stories Highlights covers, download them to your computer and transfer to your phone.

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9. Turn on Stories Archive

Before you can begin setting up your Instagram Stories Highlights, you’ll need to make sure Instagram Stories Archive is on.

To do this:

  • Open your Instagram Settings
  • Select ‘Story Settings’
  • Ensure ‘Save to Archive’ is turned on.

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10. Add Your Instagram Stories Highlights Covers to Your Instagram Stories

In order to add covers to your Instagram Stories Highlights, you first have to post them as part of your Instagram Stories. Your new covers must be active in your Instagram Stories for a full 24 hours (you can’t post and delete them!) and then remain in your Instagram Stories Archive.

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After you’ve added your cover into your Instagram Stories, select the ‘Highlights’ heart icon on the bottom right.

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From here you can either:

  1. Add your cover to an existing Instagram Stories Highlight, or
  2. Create a new Instagram Stories Highlight

If you want to add your cover to an existing Instagram Stories Highlight, select the highlight you wish to add it to.

If not, select ‘+’ to add a new Instagram Stories Highlight and name it.

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Repeat this process until you have added all of your new Instagram Stories Highlights covers.

Howt To Edit Your Instagram Stories Highlights Covers:

  • Select the Instagram Stories Highlight you want to edit on your profile by holding your finger down on the highlight cover on your profile.
  • Select ‘Edit Highlight’.
  • Select ‘Edit Cover.’

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From here you can pinch and drag your cover to make the icon bigger or smaller. You can also edit the title of your Instagram Stories Highlight by clicking in the ‘Name’ field and typing a new title.  

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And that’s it!

Once you’ve added all of your Instagram Stories Highlights covers, your Instagram profile will be beautifully-branded and ready to showcase all of your most valuable Instagram Stories content to new visitors.  

Want to learn more about using Instagram Stories to reach more of your ideal audience, get more followers, and make more sales? Sign up for our free Instagram Stories for business course!

Written By

Stephanie Gilbert

Stephanie Gilbert is the CEO of Small Talk Social, a boutique social media agency for lifestyle brands & the founder of CEO Yeah!, which provides IRL (in real life) adventures for online bosses. You can follow her on Instagram at @stephjgilbert

 

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