8 Best Apps for Instagram Stories

Ever since Instagram stories started taking off, users have found all sorts of fun ways to add character to their messages. From fun fonts to stickers, there’s a lot of room for creativity and personality injection. That being said, we don’t always have the time to figure out how to do it. If that sounds like you, check out some of these apps to jazz up your Instagram story game.

1. Later

We’re always encouraging Instagrammers to use Later because it’s an all-in-one, user-friendly app that really helps you push out quality content. Later helps you schedule your Instagram content in advance because — let’s be honest — not many people have a ton of time on their hands to be able to upload everything manually.

2. InShot

If you’re looking to get really creative with your stories, InShot may be the app you’ve been searching for. With InShot, you can add filters, play with color, and add stickers and fun text overlays. The best part is InShot helps you resize photos and videos, which really comes in handy when your aspect ratio is a bit off.

3. Over

Over is known as one of the first tools meant for “text over photos.” Seriously, they even tell you this on their site. But the product has evolved and taken on new uses. Over keeps all of your designs, logos, fonts and ideas in one place. So you can quickly upload beautiful stories without worrying about keeping your design consistent — that’s what Over does for you!

4. Canva

Canva is known as the site for “online design made easy.” Most content creators and influencers have used Canva at one point or another. It’s easy to use with its click + drag interface, unlimited color palette, and recommended design options. What it really does is it makes your life a lot easier (and cheaper) without the extra hassle of hiring a designer for your stories and posts.

5. Filmm

This one is great for the video lovers — it’s an app that gives you video effects and filters. Filmm has over 500 templates for you to choose from. Most people use Filmm specifically for their stories, but you can also use it for your feed and galleries.

6. Patternator

Have you ever seen a funny background and wondered how someone created it for their story? Chances are, they used Patternator — which is quickly becoming the go-to for content creators who want to stamp a unique background on their stories and posts.

7. VSCO

If you asked us a few years ago about Instagram apps, we may have pointed you directly to VSCO. This app was a force to be reckoned with when it first came out. Now that more apps are entering the market, it doesn’t carry as much clout. That being said, VSCO is still a great way to add your own touch and get creative with your stories.

8. Magisto

Magisto is another online video editing tool that really changes the game for Instagram stories and videos. Perhaps the most interesting thing about Magisto is that it’s entirely powered by artificial intelligence. All you have to do is upload your video and choose a video editing style that you like — leave the rest to the Magisto wizards!