9 Not-So-Known Hacks For Instagram Stories

Bet you didn't know how to do any of these.
PHOTO: Cosmopolitan UK

Think you're the queen of Instagram stories? Think again. But don't worry, these nine super cool hacks will up your game and help you regain that crown in no time.

1. Pick a custom color

Don't be restricted by Instagram's color palettechoose any shade to draw or write with instead! To do this:

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1. Choose the paint tool
2. Hold down on a color
3. Scroll around the spectrum and let go when you've found the perfect hue
4. Wa-laah!

2. Create 3D writing

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Make your text stand out by putting your very own shadow behind it. To do this:

1. Click the "Aa" button, and choose the color of your background text
2. Write out your text, and position it wherever you want it
3.Click the "Aa" button againthis time choosing the color of your foreground text
4. Keep them the same size, and layer them on top of each other
5. Hooray!

3. Turn the background into a solid block color

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Thought you had to color the whole thing in with the paint tool? Think again. To do this:

1. Click the paintbrush tool
2. Pick your color
3. Hold down on your photo for 3 seconds
4. BOOM. The perfect plain background to write/draw/do whatever you want with.

4. Make a text box

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Make your text stand out even more by giving it a custom colored box. To do this:

1. Click the "Aa" button, choose one of the two colors and write your text
2. Click the "A" in a box button at the top middle of the screen
3. Choose your second color
4. Continue pressing the "A" in a box until you're happy with your text.

5. Change the sticker options

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Although the stickers are pretty cool anyway, you can still mix them up and change the color ways, if you want. To do this:

1. Press the sticker button in the top right hand corner
2. Pick and position your chosen sticker
3. Click it! So simple yet impressive.
6. Add your selfie to any picture

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Because let's be honest, why wouldn't you want to? To do this:

1. Click the sticker button in the top right hand corner
2. Select the camera in a circle option
3. Put your face in the hole, take a pic, and position it wherever you please
4. Oh, and by our face? We mean Taylor Hill's.

7. Hide your story from certain people

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If you kind-of-don't-really want your tita seeing you downing tequila shots at 2 a.m. but you always seem to think it's a good idea when you're drunk to document the moment, hide your stories from her. To do this:

1. Click the "Settings" button on your Instagram profile
2. Click "Story settings"
3. Go to "Hide story from"
4. Select the Instagram users you don't want to view your story

8. Zoom in with one finger

Think you couldn't zoom in with one finger on Instagram Stories? Think again! All you have to do is use the hands-free option. To do this:

1. Scroll across to "HANDS-FREE" recording
2. Start recording
3. Zoom in with one finger
4. Finito! Easy.

9. Add photos or videos to your Instagram Stories late

Instagram sneakily only allows users to upload photos from the last 24 hours to their Storybut if you fancy doing a #ThrowbackThursday or adding something later on, it's easy. Rather than faffing around with screenshotting old pics or trying to resend them to yourself, download an app like Later or Metadata Recover instead. They will save your photos to your camera roll and mean you can upload them any time you please. The dream.
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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com/uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.

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