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How to add multiple photos to one Instagram Story

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Wondering how to add multiple photos to one Instagram Story? It's easier than you think, but only if someone shows you the trick!

Many Instagrammers are still painstakingly uploading single images to their Stories, one at a time. However, this is how to add multiple photos to one Instagram Story  in one go, rather than having to do them individually.

So whether you're taking your images directly from the best camera phones (opens in new tab), or you're uploading images and videos from the best cameras for Instagram (opens in new tab), here's how to add images to your Stories in batches!

And of course, make sure you follow Digital Camera World on Instagram (opens in new tab)

1) Create a new Story

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The start of the process is simple, and the same as always. Open the Instagram app on your device and tap the "+" icon, which is where you add new content.

From here you will get the options of Post, Story, Reel or Live. Obviously in this instance, we want to choose Story.

2) Go to your photos

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By default, Instagram will probably activate your selfie camera – which is fine if you want to take a selfie or add a video message. 

However, if you want to get straight to adding your batch of images, tap the thumbnail at the bottom-left of the screen (where I'm pointing, above!).

3) Tap "Select"

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Now, here's the secret sauce. Rather than tapping an image or video straight away, tap the "Select" icon at the top-right of the screen. 

Small transparent selection circles will now appear over your files, enabling you to tap and select multiple pics and videos. Remember that they will be displayed in the order you select them, so choose them with that in mind.

Once you've made your selections, tap the arrow at the bottom-right of the screen.

4) Edit your images

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Now you will see your selection of images in a tray at the bottom of the screen. Tap any image to jump to it, whereupon you can apply filters or stickers, add captions or tags, and create Boomerangs if your files are compatible.

Once you're finished tinkering, again, tap the arrow at the bottom-right of the screen.

5) Delete any images

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If you've added any files by mistake, don't worry – they can easily be removed from your batch. Simply tap on that thumbnail, which will jump straight to it. 

Now tap and hold on that thumbnail, and a trashcan icon will appear. All you have to do is tap the trashcan and the image will be removed from your batch.

6) Share away!

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Once you're happy with everything, tap the arrow at the bottom-right of the screen one last time and the Share window will pop up. Choose how you'd like (or not) to share your Story, tap "Share" and hey presto – a multiple-image Story will be pinged out on your Instagram!

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James Artaius
James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.