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Instagram's New Feature Is Basically Snapchat But Here’s How To Use It Anyway

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This morning, you may have noticed a new Instagram feature called "Stories."

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An Instagram Story is a series of temporary photos and videos that lasts 24 hours. (Sound familiar? 😏 )

The new feature is super easy to use, and you'll probably get the hang of it by jumping right in — but here are some handy tips and tricks:

First, launch the Stories camera using the new (+) button in the top left corner.

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You can also use the shortcut: Just swipe right from the main Instagram feed.

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Tap the shutter to take a photo or press and hold to record video.

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You can also swipe down from the Stories camera to add a photo or video you've already taken.

You can only add photos you've taken from the past 24 hours!
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You can only add photos you've taken from the past 24 hours!

Before publishing, you can choose from three different brush tools: pen, thick marker, and neon.

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You can select the tools up at the top.

Add captions or emojis using the "Aa" text tool.

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After adding text or emoji, pinch the caption to resize (just like zooming in and out on a map)...

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...or change the angle.

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Select different colors in the paint tool palette to create a multicolor drawing.

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Swipe left or right on your image to change filters.

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When viewing your own Story, swipe up to see who's seen it.

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To see more Story options, view your story and tap the ellipsis (...) on the bottom right.

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You can save the video, share it as a regular Instagram post, or hide it from certain people.

Select "Story Settings" to hide the story from specific users and adjust reply settings.

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Here's what it looks like when you share a photo from your Story as a regular post.

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On your main Instagram feed, a colorful ring around their avatar means that there's a new photo or video you haven't seen yet.

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Pro-tip: when viewing someone else's story, you can tap the left side to go back or long press the screen to pause.

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You can also send direct messages right from Story view.

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Now go forth and snap, er, Story to your heart's content! 👻

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