How to Upload an Instagram Story from the Gallery

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: September 11, 2019
How to Upload an Instagram Story from the Gallery

Catching up with Snapchat, other apps such as Whatsapp, Facebook and Instagram have decided to add ephemeral stories to their latest updated features. But what does this mean? You can now upload content that will only be visible for your followers or whoever happens to click on your profile (if it's public) and it will disappear forever within 24 hours.

Now, you don’t only need to record live videos, but you can add older photos or videos from your gallery to your Instagram story. Read this complete oneHOWTO step by step guide to know the basics on how to upload an Instagram Story from your gallery.

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Steps to follow:


Open the Instagram stories feature. Click on the Instagram stories feature, you will find it on both iPhone and Android. If you have already posted a story and want to see it, click on your picture where it says ‘‘your story’’ to review it. If you want to upload another story, click on the camera right above your avatar, right top left of your screen.

How to Upload an Instagram Story from the Gallery - Step 1

Swipe up. Once you are in the Instagram stories feature, instead of taking a picture, swipe up, and a feed with the pictures and videos from your gallery will appear. Click on the one you like the most.

How to Upload an Instagram Story from the Gallery - Step 2

Edit and post. Like with usual Instagram stories, you'll be able to add a text to the image, add stickers or edit filters.

Once you're ready, just click on 'Done' and the picture will be visible for your followers for at maximum of 24hours.


Remove the date.

If you choose to upload a photo from your gallery that is more than 24 hours old, it will appear with a date on your screen in front of the image. To remove the date, click and drag (do not remove your finger) it to the bottom of the screen, a dustbin will ‘‘appear’’, where you remove your date information.

How to Upload an Instagram Story from the Gallery - Step 4

Upload a gallery video to Instagram stories. When we want to upload a video from our gallery, Instagram only selects the beginning of the video so, if the footage is too long and what you want people to see starts halfway through the video, your video story may stop before you expected to. If you want to choose which part of the video you want your Instagram stories followers to see, you will need to use a video editing app. Use iMovie for iPhone and Video Show for Android. Follow these instructions:

  1. Click on "Create Project".
  2. Click on "Create Movie".
  3. Edit the video with the tools your smartphone's editor has to offer, cutting it to the length and images you desire.
  4. Click on "Save video".
  5. Your new video will be saved to your gallery, so you will only need to swipe down on Instagram stories to find your video there, even though the original footage was recorded weeks ago.

Did you know that you can also go Live on Instagram stories and share your live streams with a friend? At oneHOWTO we tell you all about it!

How to Upload an Instagram Story from the Gallery - Step 5

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Hi, I have a question about Instagram stories. Yesterday, I tried to upload an Instagram story from my gallery, but I didn't have any WiFi so it didn't upload. Even if 24 hours have passed since I took my photo, will I be able to upload it from my gallery or camera roll?
Thank you
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Hi Micha,
If your Instagram has been connected to the internet within the following 24 hours and it hasn't uploaded your instagram story automatically, then it's possible you won't be able to upload it from your camera rollo.
However, you can use some of the tricks mentioned in step 4, and find the way to upload a photo that is older than 24 hours from your camera roll.
They are all equally useful.

Hope this helps.
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