The idea of creating an animation can be totally overwhelming; especially if you have no prior design knowledge. You see all these top Instagram accounts, with amazing creative Instagram stories and you want that too! Here is how to animate your Instagram stories the EASY way, FREE and directly from your phone!

I remember when I first noticed the animation trend on insta stories and I was blown at the artwork and instantly thought it was probably all just done in Adobe Photoshop or premier. I am not a pro at using either of the two so I did some research and asked around. Here are the few apps that I came across. Remember they are Free apps and can work on both Android and iPhones:


Unfold is a story creator that offers beautiful minimalist templates to each new page within the story. You can easily export your stories to your camera roll to easily upload them to Instagram, snapchat and facebook. It also allows you create engaging stories with multiple pages, with the help of smart guides, adjustable font size, and image repositioning. The other thing is that you don’t need to worry about setting up and account like some apps do, no cloud, its all automatically saved on your device.


People are watching less and less of long youtube videos and opting for short to the point quick 15 seconds to one-minute videos on Instagram. We can take it a step further and add music to our animations! FOR FREE and all from your iPhone! Clips is a free app that lets you make fun videos to share with friends and family. Its features include artistic filters, animated texts, music, emojis, fun stickers and many more.


Legend turns texts into stunning animations. So why not put your words in motion and inspire others today by downloading the app right to your phone. Its perfect for insta stories, iMessage, and WhatsApp so you can go ahead and save it as a GIF.


Cut story is literally a lifesaver for me. How annoying is the time limit on insta story when you are trying to convey a lengthy message across. Well, worry no more. Cut story allows you to cut videos into fragments for Insta stories. It also has a feature that allows you to add music. All you have to do is import long videos and the app will slice them and save into your camera roll as 15-second fragments. How cool is that?


Another cool app I will be sharing with you today is Canva. Canva makes graphic designs easy and this can be easily done on your phone. It allows you to edit photos, add text, elements, stickers, borders, frames and more. You need to try it out.


Hype type allows you to make your stories stand out above the rest.  Hype type your stories with automatically styled and designed motion typography. It also has a wide selection of short words or quotes readily available for you to use to inspire your audience. All you need to do is insert your photo or video and let it do the magic.

So these are some of the apps I have been using on my Instagram and Insta stories. I use these all the time and am sure if you follow me on Instagram you will have seen my fun Instagram stories over the past couple of months.

I have also created an easy  100% FREE step by step tutorial to animate your next photo or video ALL FROM YOUR PHONE! Watch this Quick 10mins video tutorial below on how I edit using the above-mentioned apps.

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Now that you know how to make an awesome animated Instagram story, go over to this post to get some major inspiration for story ideas 4 Ways to Boost your Insta Stories 

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