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How to Create Instagram Story Highlight Covers

Create the coolest Instagram Story highlight covers.

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By Ana Simova
content writer at Ranking Press

You must have noticed that many successful Instagram accounts have awesome-looking story highlight icons. Given that you’re here, you’re probably wondering how to create Instagram story highlight covers that’ll improve the aesthetics of your profile and take it to the next level.

We’re here to do just that – show you how you can make your very own icons for Instagram highlights. After all, first impressions matter, so if you want to have more followers on this platform your profile has to be visually consistent and on-brand. Let’s see how you can create personalized Instagram story highlight covers both on laptop and smartphone, after which we’ll tell you how you can set the highlight cover on your Instagram profile.

How to Create Instagram Story Highlight Covers on a Laptop or a PC

If you want to create your very own custom highlight covers, we recommend that you do it on a laptop or a PC. The easiest way to do this is with the app Canva, and we’ll show you how to do it step-by-step.

But before we do, you can Google “download free Instagram story highlight icons” and choose the ones you’d want to use. Remember, you can change your covers as often as you want, so we recommend that you experiment in the beginning in order to find what works and looks best on your profile.

Now that you have downloaded some icons you like, visit and sign up either with your Facebook or Google account. Click on the “Create a design” button and choose the first option that says “custom dimensions”. The width should be 1080px and the height 1920px and click on the “Create a design” button below.

Once you have the template done, it’s time for your creativity to step forward. Firstly, upload an icon of your choice. Click on the “Upload” icon first and then on the “Upload an image” button.

Instead of an icon, you can also add a text – that’s entirely your choice.

Now you can change the background color and add a solid background or a pattern of your choice. We decided to add an orange background with polka dots like so.

And you’re done! All you have to do now is download the photo, add it to your Story, and make it the highlight cover. 

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How to Create Instagram Story Highlight Covers on a Smartphone

The easiest way to create highlight icons on your smartphone is, again, with the help of apps. In truth, there are countless apps both for Android and iOS that offer some great-looking highlight covers, and some even that offer templates and different backgrounds, frames, and icons so you can create your own combinations and make the covers you always wanted to have. 

We’ll show you how to create your very own with the Insta Highlight app for Android.

Once you open the app, you’ll be given many different categories to choose from like Lego avatars, sci-fi, pet grooming, university, cats emoji, people and lifestyle, love pack, nature, jewelry, motivation, and many more. 

We’ll choose the dogs category to show you how to create your own story highlight cover step-by-step.

There are exactly 50 dog icons in this category, so let’s choose the Siberian Husky.

As you can see, you already have a finished cover with a frame and a background. The great thing about this app though, is that you can change everything and customize it to match your Instagram profile’s branding and style.

When you click on the first icon, you can change the cover’s background. You can choose a solid color or add a pattern. We decided on this super-cute pink background with tiny hearts.

The second button is to add a text. We don’t need that, so we clicked on the third icon to change the frame and decided to use this simple pink one. You can also remove the frame entirely and use only the dog icon and a background.

And once you’re satisfied with the result, you can click on the final icon and preview your cover. If everything looks good, go back and download it into your phone.

How to Set an Instagram Story Highlight Cover

In order for me to show you how to do this step-by-step, I’ll use my personal profile. I already have custom-made covers with the Insta Highlights app, but I’ll add the one I’ve just created with the Husky icon.

Let’s change the cover of an existent highlight. This way you can easily change yours once you get bored with the style or get a better idea.

I already have a highlight where I add Stories with my dog, so in order to change it you first need to press the highlight, hold for 1-2 seconds, and click on the “Edit highlight” button and select “Edit cover”.

Then press on the first icon to upload a photo from your gallery and find the cover you created.

You can zoom in or zoom out and make it just how you want. Once you’re happy with how it looks, click on the “Next” button, then on the “Done” button and…you’re done!

This is how it looks like on my profile.

Now you know how to change it whenever you change your Instagram feed aesthetic or you simply have a new idea.

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Interested to learn more about Instagram Stories? Check out our guide on How to Drive Traffic with Instagram Stories to drive more traffic and attract more followers .

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