14 Best Apps for Creating ‘Next-Level’ Instagram Stories
April 25, 2019 by Nayri Gregor
Let’s start with a fun fact. Did you know that more than 300 million people use IG Stories every day? Gone are the days that everything you post on the Internet is viewable until the end of time. With IG Stories, aka disposable content, you can now post images and videos that disappear after just 24 hours.
Using IG Stories is a great way to share a special moment with your friends without having to see that same post for years to come. It can also be used for businesses to post things like a flash sales and behind the scenes teasers. However you choose to use it, these are my top picks of best apps for instagram stories to help you create professional-looking content that requires little to no editing skills.
15 Best Apps For Instagram Stories
Featured is a free app for Apple phones and devices that helps you create stylish and professional-looking stories for social media, including Instagram. Users give it a very good 4.1/5.0 rating.
Another new app with a lot to offer, StoryLuxe has millions of templates from which to choose, including some that make your images look like they were taken by an old Polaroid or Instamatic camera. Currently only available for Apple devices, this app has both a free version and a premium version.
Kards is a new iOS app that takes editing your videos and images for IG to the next level. Kards features professional templates, fonts and layouts plus a direct interface with IG. Since this is a subscription app, you don’t have to worry about distracting ads when you’re working on your posts. You can pay monthly or annually. There’s also a lifetime option.
Unfold is available for both Android and Apple phones. It is a free app that offers a wide range of professional, slick designs to frame your IG story post. Some templates are free and others are available to download for a fee of between 99 cents and 1.99. Unfold launched in 2019 and is well-known for offering a range of similar templates, so that your posts all have the same look.
StoryArt, for both Android and Apple devices, allows you to remix your new or existing images in a unique and professional way to create a brand for your business or a singular look for your personal social media pages. It also offers one-click sharing to Instagram Stories.
Another mobile app for creating memorable IG stories, Canva offers more than 130 fonts and millions of templates as well as “tons” of graphics. Canva is free and available for both Android and Apple devices.
This highly-rated app, available for both Apple and Android devices, is noted for its unique filters and templates, such as Glamour Glow and Drama as well as its intuitive interface that makes it easy to get just the look you want.
Snappd is an app designed for younger, teenage users and allows you to upload your images and share them to all of your social media sites with a single entry. It also helps you find events near you, such as concerts, festivals and classes.
Over is another app you can use to make your IG stories really pop. This app goes a little further than Unfold. It offers custom fonts, photo editing and logo design tool in addition to more than 1,000 templates. Over is available for a seven-day free trial and is compatible with both Android and Apple phones.
Offered for both Android and Apple phones, Inshot is a video editor and has been rated one of the best free video apps currently available. This tool has a video trimmer, splicer and cutter as well as an easy-to-use free movie maker.
KiraKira, available for both Android and Apple phones, gives your posts that little extra bit of bling. The effects offered by this app make your posts appear glittery and enhance lights in your posts with a starlight look.
There are three versions of Animoto: free, pro and business. This app, available for Apple devices, offers custom templates, graphics and a video editor to make your stories really come to life. With Animoto, you can make, edit and share videos right from your iPhone.
Hype Type allows you to create animated text graphics with no graphic design training. This app, which is currently only available for Apple devices, can make your words dance, go bold or swirl around the page. The app is free, but there are in-app upgrades available for purchase.
Panoram, as the name implies, is designed to capture panoramic views and make them easy to post on IG stories and other social media sites. The app, which is currently only available for Apple devices, divides your images into 2 to 5 sections and splices them together for a panoramic effect.