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Instagram Rolls Out "Convert to Reel" Feature for Stories Highlights


By Jessica Worb

Updated on March 2, 2022

2 minute read

Turn your Stories Highlights into Reels in seconds with this new feature 🔥

Published March 2, 2022

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Instagram has quietly introduced a new feature that allows you to easily create Reels from your Stories Highlights. 

No official feature announcement has been made yet, but our eagle-eyed social team spotted the new dropdown option in their highlights earlier this week. 

later instagram highlights converting to reels

This new feature is an Instagram content creation game-changer.

Especially for repurposing content — it takes seconds to transform your carefully curated Instagram Stories Highlights into Reels.

Users can edit these Reels just like any other Reel. You can edit clip duration, remove clips, add content from your camera roll, and select from different audio tracks. 

three ways to edit instagram reels

Not only is it a great repurposing tool, but it’s also an editing time saver – Instagram automatically syncs your clips to the selected music.

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How to Convert Instagram Stories Highlights to an Instagram Reel

Converting an Instagram Stories Highlight into a Reel is very simple. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Pick the Instagram Stories Highlight you want to turn into a Reel and tap into it.

  2. Tap the three dot menu icon and select “Convert to Reel.” 

  3. Select audio from search, suggested, or any saved music. Instagram automatically syncs your clips to your selected audio. 

  4. Edit your Reel. You can reorder your stories, change individual durations, add new clips from your camera roll, and remove any unwanted clips.

  5. Once you’re happy with your clip selection, select “Done.” 

  6. Add effects, text, closed captions, GIFs, or use the draw tool to finish editing your Reel.

  7. Add a caption, choose or upload a cover photo, and hit publish. 

NOTE: This feature may not be available to all users yet. If you don’t have access yet, sit tight. 

This “Convert to Reels” feature is yet another push to encourage users to jump on the Reels train.

ICYMI: Instagram is going big on Reels in 2022.

So, if you have great Instagram Stories hidden in the depths of your highlights, now is the time to give it a new lease of life on Reels! 

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