Favorite Apps For Instagram Stories


When Instagram stories first came out I wasn’t a huge fan of them, but now I really enjoy using it. It’s a great way to give people a more candid look into your daily life. Although Instagram stories have great features you can use, there are a lot of apps that are perfect if you want to be a bit more creative. So here are my favorite apps for Instagram stories!


The one thing I’m not a huge fan of on stories is that you can’t record a long video and cut it into smaller parts. You have to stop, post that story, and then continue talking which often makes me lose my train of thought. That’s why this app is really handy. It allows you to take any video and cut it into short ones that flow together. You can pick how long you want each section to be, although 15 seconds is the best for Instagram stories. You do have to pay $0.99 to have their logo removed from the videos, but if you talk a lot on your stories it may be worth it.


This is the best app for Instagram stories! You probably have seen someone use this on their stories, whether with a different font or film photo border, but the features it gives you are amazing. The free features you get are one pack of 25 different layouts you can use, plus different fonts and background colors. There are 4 other template packs you can pay for ($0.99-$1.99), which range from a film collection, ripped paper collection, and different minimal layouts. The one I have is CS3.

What I love the most is that everything is already sized for Instagram, and it’s so easy to create unique, fun looks for your stories. You can also import videos too.


This app has a lot of different features, but I find it is great for creating your own layouts with different background colors. All you have to do is click on collage, then select free style, add the photos you want, and you are good to go! You can change the size of the background, and the one I always use is 3:4. Unlike Unfold, you can move the photos around in any layout you want. It does take some practice, but the creative freedom you get is worth it. I will also use this sometimes for a plain colored background that I can add text to later on my stories.


Although Afterlight is great for editing your photos and for filters, the main thing I like to use it for is dust filters. On the app, there is a free feature called dusty, which allows you to add different dust film looks to any photo.

Without dust effect.

With dust effect.


And those are my favorite apps for Instagram stories. I hope this was helpful, and have fun creating more stories!

46 responses to “Favorite Apps For Instagram Stories”

  1. Kathrin says:

    Thanks for the great tips. I have yet to try out Instagram stories, but these will come in really useful when I do. I especially like the dust effect.

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

    • Kara Callahan says:

      I’m glad the tips could help! I’m excited to see your Instagram stories in the future.

  2. Kinga K says:

    I love unfold 🙂

  3. Quinn says:

    I feel so behind – I have been wondering how everyone cut their videos down for Instagram stories, but hadn’t looked into it. I needed this post, Kara! This is such a great roundup – already wanting to use CutStory right now. PS: Love the dust filter, right?!


    • Kara Callahan says:

      I’m so glad the post could help! I was wondering the same thing for ages until I heard about that app. And the dust filter is the best! xx

  4. Janet says:

    I had no idea that there were apps for Instagram stories! Great, helpful post Kara! xx

  5. Samantha says:

    I’ve been waiting for someone to write a post like this. I totally need to up my Instagram Stories so thanks so much!

  6. Jessica says:

    I need to look into these! I have NO idea what I’m doing with my stories! hahaha

  7. Eva Redson says:

    I love creating content on IG stories, so this post is super helpful!

    xx Eva

  8. Kelsey Bang says:

    these look neat! I want to download them and give them a whirl! thanks for sharing!

  9. Ashley says:

    You are a Stories pro, lady- love your app recs!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  10. Emily says:

    Unfold is just the best ever! It’s crazy how everyone has upped their game with insta stories too. Just add it to the list! lol


    • Kara Callahan says:

      It’s the best app for Insta stories! And I know, some people’s stories are almost like movies now.

  11. Gabrielle says:

    Unfold is my absolute favourite app for IG Stories; I love the choice of fonts too – such a quick and easy way of organising stories to look a little more stylish 🙂 Hope you’re having a fabulous week so far!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • Kara Callahan says:

      It’s so easy to use and the look it gives stories is just beautiful. I hope you’re having a great week too! x

  12. Lorna says:

    Thank you for sharing these! I find it frustrating you can’t talk for longer in the videos too, so that first app sounds amazing!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

    • Kara Callahan says:

      I’m so glad the post could help! That’s what I find the most frustrating about stories too, but luckily that app helps.

  13. These sound amazing, I haven’t heard of them

  14. Unfold looks like a great app! Great article 🙂


  15. Jessica says:

    I’d definitely check these apps out, especially the “Unfold”. Thanks for sharing dear!

    Jessica |

  16. Sonia Aicha says:

    I am addicted to Unfold, such a great and clean app.
    I never heard of the others; I am definitely going to try them 🙂
    thanks for sharing

  17. Simone says:

    Honestly I didn’t know about any of your apps, thank you so much for sharing them with us Kara! I will have a look at all of them, all your tips sound very amazing.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

  18. unfold is such a great app. i love it so much.

  19. Layla says:

    Oh wow – this is such a lovely post, I always love reading what apps people use and how to get creative with Insta stories so thank you for sharing!

    Layla x

  20. I need to check out that Unfold App asap. Thanks for sharing these Kara!

  21. I love this! I think unfold is probably my favourite at the minute; it’s just something a little different than your bog standard instagram story. x

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Thank you, Rebecca! That’s why Unfold is my favorite too. The simple changes you can do just make a major difference x

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