How to Make Instagram Highlight Covers


This wikiHow shows you how to add a little flair to your Instagram Highlights by creating your own covers. You can do this by creating a new Highlight or by installing a graphic design app like Canva that lets you edit templates for posting on social media.

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Creating a Highlight Cover for a New Highlight

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This has an orange-purple icon with a white camera in it that can be accessed from your apps drawer.

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This is located in the menu pane at the bottom of the screen. If you aren't already logged in, make sure to do so.

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This appears below your username and bio on the profile page and will pull up a menu where you can view your Highlights.

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This appears at the top of the Highlights menu and opens a menu for selecting content for a new Highlight.

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In the menu that appears, pick any recent Stories from your timeline you want saved for later by tapping the circular icon that appears in the bottom-right corner of each Story..

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Once you have the story/stories compiled, you’ll be directed to a new menu for editing the Highlight.

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Type it in the text field at the bottom of the menu that appears.

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This appears beneath a circular icon displaying a preview of the automatically generated Highlight cover.

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If you’re satisfied with the current cover photo but want to simply adjust it, you can drag it around the circular preview panel to change how it’ll appear as a Highlight cover.

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If you have more than one Story in your Highlight, you’ll see different cover photos available in a preview below the preview menu.

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Tap the photo icon to the left of the generated cover photos to open a menu where you can browse through photos on your phone’s camera roll and position them in the preview panel. Tap Done to set it as the Highlight cover.

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Your new Highlight will now be visible on your profile.

Part 2
Creating a Highlight Cover with a Third-Party App

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Canva is a graphic design app that can make pictures compatible with Instagram's Highlight cover format, though there are other apps like it available on the App Store and Google Play Store. Open the Play Store or App Store . Navigate to Canva. Tap Install or GET to download and install the Canva app onto your device.

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It's the blue icon with a white "C" inside. You should find it on the home screen (iPhone/iPad) or in the app drawer (Android). If you're still in the Play Store or App Store, you can launch the app by tapping the OPEN button.

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This appears near the bottom of the menu when you open the Canva app and directs you to a menu for creating a cover photo.

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This will pull up a menu of available templates that are formatted for Instagram posts.

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In the menu that pops up, scroll through and tap on the template that best suits your Highlight. If you want to create your own Highlight template, choose a blank template and select the background color for your cover. Then, tap the plus (+) icon in the bottom-right corner of the menu to pull up options for Text, Graphics, Templates, Page, and Logos.

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Once you’ve pulled up your cover template, you’ll see a menu with different options for editing the image. You can tap on the text of the template (if it’s a template that already has text) and use the text editing feature to change the font used in the Highlight cover. Add an icon to your cover by selecting the Graphics option and select the color of your icon in the menu that appears at the bottom of the screen..

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This appears in the top-right corner of the page with your cover picture and pulls up a menu with a list of different social media sites to share your picture.

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This will save your photo to your phone’s camera roll, which will let you access it on Instagram. If using Quick Look, tap Preview Content, then Export, and then select Save Image to save your photo on an iPhone

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This has an orange-purple gradient app with a white camera in it. You should find it in the app drawer (Android) or on your home screen (iPhone/iPad).

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This appears below your username and bio on the profile page and will pull up a menu where you can view your Highlights.

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This will pull up a menu with options for that Highlight.

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This will open a menu for editing the Highlight’s properties.

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This will pull up a menu where you can edit or change the Highlight cover photo.

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This is in the bottom-left of the cover editing menu and will open a menu where you can select a photo from your phone’s camera roll.

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Once you have the camera roll open, you can select the custom cover photo you made in Canva as your cover. Simply slide it around the circular preview pane to position it to your liking.

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This will direct you back to the Edit Highlight menu, where you can tap Done in the top-right corner to save your custom cover photo.