How to Change Background Color on Instagram Story

share an instagram story

Instagram has story feature, which is unique to most of its users. However, if you’re new user, and you see someone post a picture, video, a repost, or text with different background, you might not know how. Here’s how to change background color on Instagram stories (Android and iPhone).

You can create Instagram story with text, photos, videos, GIFs, and even create a poll in an Instagram story. But, Instagram doesn’t provide simple methods for you to even change the background color of the Instagram story.

Instagram actually has its own methods to do that. You can change background behind photo, video, a post, and even text. However, those methods aren’t easy to find in the Instagram story interface.

If you create an Instagram story, you will find a bar of symbols at the top with the function you don’t even know. You tried all of those buttons, but none of them lead you to change the background color on Instagram story.

With all those confusions, you might be wondering, how do I change the background color on the Instagram story? Don’t worry, we will cover that.

We will explain those methods in three sections. The first one is to change the background color for an Instagram story with text. The second one is for a story with the post. The third one is to change background color behind the photo or video.

Of course, you can do these methods on the Instagram app on Android and iPhone. Android and iPhone has slightly different buttons and controls for the Instagram app, but those work the same way.

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How to Change Background Color on Instagram Story with Text

Instagram provides a very easy way to do this. Instagram story with text and background is commonly used if you just want to share things with words.

Open your Instagram app. Login to your account.

Tap your profile picture to create an Instagram story with text and change the background. By default, you will see Normal which is opening your camera. Swipe to left to create a text.

how to change background color on instagram story

Type some words for the story. Tap Next if you’re done writing the words. Instagram, by default, will choose a background color for you. However, if you don’t like it, you can change the background color by tapping the circle button that is located after the X button.

how to change background color on instagram story with photo

But, tapping that circle button leads you to custom background colors that have been provided by Instagram. If you want more background colors, just tap the pen icon at the top of your phone screen.

You will immediately see a palette button with some colors at the bottom of your screen. Now, feel free to choose any color at the bottom to change the background color of this Instagram story.

change background color on story with text

Once you choose a color, the background won’t be immediately changed. You have to tap the background area of the story for at least two seconds, then the background color will be changed to the color you have selected.

holding story background for 2 seconds

Nice! Now the background color has been changed for Instagram story with text. How about story with a post?

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How to Change Background Color on Instagram Story with a Post on It

If you want to change the background color of the story with a post on it, you can that very easily. The method is a little different from the first. You have to find a post you want to post on your Instagram story.

Once you have found that post, you can tap the airplane button and tap Add post to your story. This will lead to your story editor, which later you can change the background color.

add a post to your story

By default, Instagram will choose its own background color. If you don’t like it, just change it by tapping the pen icon at the top. It will show you a palette button with colors following it at the bottom.

You can use that palette button to choose a color by picking from any color available in the post you’re sharing through the story. Or, you can also choose a color from the bottom.

brushing on instagram story

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Once you choose a color, tap the background area of the story for two seconds. You will immediately see that the background color will be changed with the color you’ve picked.

changing background color on instagram story

If you don’t like the color, just change it again by choosing another color. Then press two seconds at the background area to apply. Once done, tap the check mark button at the top.

background color is changed

Now, the background color has been changed! How about a story with a picture or video on it? Can you change the background color behind a picture?

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How to Change Background Color on Instagram Story behind Photo/Video

Instagram doesn’t let you do this directly. However, you can use this trick even though it is a little bit hard. But that’s a little sacrifice if you really want to change the background color behind the photo.

Open Instagram. Tap profile picture. Upload a picture in the story. Now, tap the pen icon at the top to change the background color.

change instagram background color with photo behind it

At the bottom, choose any color you want to apply. You can also pick a color from the palette button.

photo on instagram story

Now, to apply the color, just tap-long the background area for two seconds. The background color will change immediately. However, you will see that the background color you choose will also apply to the picture you’ve uploaded.

To fix that, you can use the erase button by tapping it at the top. Now, erase the picture area that has been missing by the color you’ve chosen. Once you’re done erasing, tap the checkmark button to apply all changes.

using erase button to change background with photo

Finally, you can publish this Instagram story with your followers. Tap the Send to button. Choose Share at Your Story.

share an instagram story


Instagram has some methods for you to change the background color on the story. However, some methods are not easy to do. But, that’s fine if you really want to change the boring color on the background. You can do these on Android and iPhone.

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