After the introduction of Stories and the video upload option, Instagram is now more popular than other social media platforms. Unlike Posts, Stories give users more ways to be creative and make a better impression on followers. One can add a photo or a short video in the story and this post will be online for the next 24 hours. Stories also allow users to add links, so it also plays an important role for the influencer and affiliate market.
Instagram has added so many stickers to give you lots of ways to get creative. But there are also some third-party apps that let you create some cool stories. I have tested several apps to see what provides better options for creating Instagram Stories. So, here is my pick of the best apps for creating beautiful Instagram Stories.
Mouve is a relatively new app but it’s one of the best. This app has several editable beautiful story templates that you can easily edit. You can choose from the available video collage layouts, add your own photo video and then share it on Instagram. I personally like animation and template effects. There are more than 100 templates to try. The developer behind the app also promises to keep adding New Story Layouts & Templates every Sunday. So, you will never run out of creative story ideas. The application interface is clean and minimal. It is very easy to use. You can also add your own music and text if you want. Not only on Instagram, you can also come out the same story with the WhatsApp statue or Facebook Story.
This app is free to use and doesn’t show any ads, but puts a watermark on Stories. If you don’t want to show a watermark, you can get a monthly subscription which is too little compared to the features it offers.
2. Story Maker
Story Maker is also a great app that offers 50+ creative templates to create interesting Instagram stories. You can choose one of the given templates, add your own photo & text, and share stories. There are cool templates and backgrounds to work with. It also has a minimal interface and the app is easy to use.
This app has many free templates but also includes several paid template packages. You can check out the available packages and buy if you need more templates. I checked several plans and I have to say that the premium templates are worth paying for. You can check the preview of premium templates before paying.
This app is also ad-supported but the use of ads is minimal and won’t break your experience.
StoryArt is also one of my favorite story maker apps. It is available for Android and iOS. PP is no different but has a large collection of templates specially designed for Instagram stories. Most of the beautiful templates are paid, but there are tons of free templates to try, the paid templates also come with a free trial, so you can check them out before shelling out any money on them. You can also buy filters, font collages, and more if you need them.
You also get several tools including photo filters, text editor, and color adjustment tools. This application is free and does not display ads. So, nothing to spoil your experience.
Canva is basically a graphic design app that lets you create different types of banners online. I personally use it to create featured posts for my blog posts and YouTube thumbnails. The app also has a dedicated section for stories where you can select ready-made templates and customize them to create beautiful looking stories. You can choose any template, add your photo, add text and other elements. When you’re ready, you can export and share stories from your Instagram profile.
The app is free but offers in-app purchases where you can buy paid photos if you want.
Insta Story is also a similar Instagram story maker app available for Android and iOS. It comes with several free and paid templates to choose from and edit. You can immediately add photos and create Stories. There are dozens of story background images and colors to choose from. There is also a free collage maker for combining multiple images. You can also add stickers, text and apply filters.
The app is free to download and use, but offers in-app purchases to purchase premium templates.
6. Story Maker
Story Maker is also a great app for creating beautiful stories to share on Instagram. It also comes with 50+ templates to edit to create a beautiful story. You can also add photos and videos in ready-made templates to create a compelling story. Unlike Mouve, this app doesn’t have an animated story. You can add videos but there will be no moving or animated elements.
It is also a free application but displays too many ads. It also doesn’t have the option to remove ads even if you are ready to pay. Ads are really annoying and that’s the reason I’ve put them at the end of this list.