Instagram stories are becoming increasingly popular with current users, and for good reason! They allow for much more flexibility than posts on your feed, they are only hanging around for 24 hours (unless you save them to your highlights), and they are SOMEWHAT chronological (more so than our feeds at least).

So how do people create those gorgeous Instagram stories when all you are doing is snapping some pics of your breakfast and popping a GIF on it? The secret lies with apps! Here are 6 amazing apps you can use to up your Instagram story game.

1. Unfold

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Unfold is a great resource to create cohesive Instagram Story templates. This is currently the most popular Instagram story app available on the app store today. They have a lot of free templates and paid add-ons so you can use the app with any budget!

According to the company, “Unfold is a toolkit for storytellers. Create beautiful and engaging stories from minimal and elegant templates.”

2. Canva

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Canva is a great resource for pretty much any graphic design work with your business. From flyers, to business cards, and everything in between, Canva is my absolute go-to. It can be used for desktop and mobile! No more guessing the dimensions of Facebook posts or Instagram stories! They keep everything updated, all you need to do is pick a template and get designing!

3. Splice

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Are you more of a videographer when it comes to your Instagram stories? Splice is a great video editor that “makes it easy to create professional-looking videos on your iPhone or iPad”.  The app has everything you need to create a professional-looking Instagram story; trim, crop, effects, titles, speed controls, animation, transitions, music and more.

4. Over

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Looking to create a consistent brand on Instagram? Over is a fantastic resource. Similarly to Unfold, you can create templates and brand-consistent resources for your Instagram stories AND static feed. The best part? They have a free membership and a premium membership, so the choice is yours!

5. Easil

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I would say Easil is a direct competitor of Canva. With thousands of templates for your business for free, there’s no reason you can’t develop a consistent brand (no matter your budget)! They even have a space for you to upload your brand kit so you can always create consistent business resources and stories!

The Bottom Line

No matter what your budget is, there are resources out there that you can utilize today to create amazing Instagram stories. Give one of these a shot and let me know in the comments which one you love. Better yet, let me know in the comments if you have a different app you just can’t live without!