How to Make Instagram Story Highlight Covers

26 April 2022

Instagram story highlights have become an excellent resource for adding a personal touch to your profile bio. This is why the covers for these stories play a key role: Attracting attention to encourage users to see your content. 

Why we recommend customizing the covers of your highlighted stories:

  • They give a distinctive touch to your profile.
  • Show your creativity with the designs.
  • They improve the aesthetics of your profile and make it more attractive.
  • They allow users to understand the content they will find easily.

We will show you how to make Instagram story highlight covers as well as some online design tools to create them in this post.

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Adding a cover to your highlighted story

The first step you need to consider is how to add the cover to your story highlight.

If you have already highlighted your stories, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the highlighted story you want to add a cover to.
  2. Click on the three dots on the bottom right.
  3. Click on ‘Edit Highlight’.
  4. Tap on ‘Edit Cover’.
  5. Here you can choose as a cover one image from the highlighted story or one from your library.
  6. Choose your creative and select which part of your image to show since Instagram creates a circular cutout.
  7. Click done! Now you have your cover for the story highlight.

What if you haven’t highlighted any stories on Instagram yet?

Don’t worry. The steps are practically identical.

  1. Tap on ‘New’, the ‘+’ button that you will find under ‘Edit Profile’.
  2. Select the stories you will add as highlights and click ‘Next’.
  3. By default, Instagram will add the last selected story as a cover.
  4. Tap on ‘Edit Cover’ and repeat the previous process: select the design and choose the area you want to cut out.
  5. Ready!

Now you know the benefits of adding highlights and how to do it. Are you missing something?

Creating story highlight covers: design tools

It’s time to work and create the covers for your Instagram highlights.

If you are not familiar with Photoshop or Illustrator, the leading design apps, don’t panic. There are online tools that will help you create stunning designs. 

When making the design, keep in mind the dimensions of the format and that Instagram makes a circular cutout of the image. Therefore, the central part of your design is the most important and will be displayed on your profile.

Don’t worry about this. Here are some design tools that already have the dimensions and formatting for the ideal cover.


In Canva, you can design almost any format from the default templates they offer you. Both the free and paid versions have an extensive library of material.

What you will like the most is that you have default templates with the dimensions of the covers for highlighted stories. Also, the designs focus on the central area of the image. 

Search for the right cover and edit it to your liking. It’s that easy.


A comprehensive free online editor to create the cover for your Instagram highlights.

It has default templates to create your designs. Unlike Canva, you don’t have the option of templates to create your covers, but you do have the stories template, which has the same dimensions.

Ensure your design focuses on the central part of the image to make the most of your design. 

Over – GoDaddy

Both BeFunky and Canva have their own mobile app version on Android and iOS, although they are more optimized for the browser.

For the third option to create covers for Instagram highlights, we present Over GoDaddy, a mobile application available for both devices. It also has its desktop version, but we highlight its mobile version for all the possibilities it offers you.

You can easily create your covers with the material included in the application, from templates, images, or using photos from your camera roll. So easy. You just need your mobile camera to start creating the best covers for your Instagram highlights.


We recommend a tool to work from your mobile device for both for iOS and Android.

Unfold has become one of the most used resources to create stories on Instagram. It has a free and a Pro version for users who want to take advantage of all its features.

It is a complete application with many templates, filters, and effects. Take your time to get the hang of the tool and get the most out of it for your Instagram story highlights covers.

With these four tools, success is guaranteed. It’s time to start editing your Instagram story highlight covers.

If you want to start taking care of your feed… 👇🏻

Carlos Bravo Carlos Bravo , 26 April 2022

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