Birth-Themed Instagram Story Highlight Covers – How to Download, Save, Post & Assign Covers
Are you birth worker looking for a creative way to organise your story highlights? Do you like the idea of creating a cohesive look with cover icons but not sure where to start? Whether you’re adding story highlights for the first time, or you’re already using highlights and want to take it to the next level by adding highlight covers—we’ve got you covered ;)
First up, let’s take a step back and explore what story highlights are, and why they’re important. Stories are a great place to post spontaneous and often less refined content that followers can access for 24 hours before it all disappears. Highlights give you the opportunity to preserve stories, organise them into useful categories and showcase them at the bottom of your profile.
Highlight covers are the image that appears in the circle above the highlight name. In simple terms they are the front-man of your highlights and provide a great opportunity to establish a cohesive and professional look to your profile.
Before setting up your story highlights, take some time to think about the content you want to share, and pick categories that will help people find what they're looking for. It can be helpful to think of highlights as being like a menu on a website. (Here’s a freebie: using highlights that communicate strategic information such as what packages of services you offer, also has the added benefit of reducing the amount of information you need to cram into your bio :)
Are you a birth photographer? Instagram story highlights could be an effective way to create ’galleries’ that showcase your best captures from sessions such as: Maternity, Birth, Golden Hour, Fresh 48, Newborn and Family. You might also like to use them for: About Us, FAQS, Availability and Pricing.
Perhaps you are a doula or midwife. You could use Instagram story highlights to showcase the valuable services you provide mumma's-to-be such as: Antenatal Care, Self Care, Labour Support, Child Birth, Postpartum, Infant Care, Breastfeeding, Lactation Support and Infant Massage.
Once you’ve established your topics, it’s time to select covers that represent these and are consistent with your brand. Covers can be images, text, graphics or a combination of these elements. You can create your own or purchase sets that have been designed and formatted for you. Whatever look you end up choosing, maintaining a consistent style on your highlight covers goes a long way toward creating a cohesive and professional look for your profile.
OK, lets get to it! Below are step-by-step instructions (with screenshots) unpacking how to set-up the 'Birth-Themed Story Highlight Covers' We’ll cover how to download your covers, save them to your camera roll, post them to your Instagram stories and assign them as your highlight covers. If you haven’t already, make sure you have the latest version of Instagram installed.
Once you have selected and purchased your highlight covers an order confirmation notice will appear and should look something like this…
On a desktop the file will automatically unzip and your covers (.jpgs) will appear within a folder in your ‘Downloads’ folder. On a mobile you can to choose the location you wish to add the .zip file, such as on Dropbox or iCloud Drive.
SAVE COVERS TO YOUR CAMERA ROLL
If you downloaded your covers (jpg’s) to a desktop you can send them to your phone using tools such as: Dropbox, email, messaging or iCloud Drive.
Note: If your covers (jpg’s) were added to Dropbox or iCloud Drive on your phone locate and [SELECT] the cover you wish to save to your camera and continue from step 2.
ASSIGN COVERS TO AN ALBUM IN YOUR CAMERA ROLL
This is a very important step because when you add your covers to Instagram stories they will appear in order of date the files were created. Assigning your cover to an album helps you find them easily and prevents them getting buried and hard to find.
[SELECT] the blue ‘Select’ text at top right
[SELECT] the covers you wish to assign to an album. A Check mark will appear to indicate images selected.
[SELECT] the blue ‘Add To’ text and the bottom.
[SELECT] ‘New Album’ icon under ‘My Albums’ heading.
[TYPE] Name of your new album—something like ‘Instagram Covers’.
[SELECT] blue ‘Save’ text.
POST COVERS TO YOUR INSTAGRAM STORIES
Note: If you’ve posted stories in the last 24 hours there is an added step required to get from your profile to the [+] ‘add story’ icon.
TO POST ADDITIONAL COVERS TO YOUR INSTAGRAM STORIES (Repeat steps 1-8)
Below are step-by-step instructions on how to assign ‘Lauren + Douglas Birth-Themed Covers’ to existing highlights and new highlights.
ASSIGN COVERS TO EXISTING HIGHLIGHTS
Note: It’s important to assign covers to a highlight within 24 hours of posting them otherwise they’ll disappear :)
TO ADD ADDITIONAL COVERS TO EXISTING HIGHLIGHTS (Repeat steps 1-13)
ASSIGN COVER TO A NEW HIGHLIGHT
ADD COVERS TO ADDITIONAL NEW HIGHLIGHTS (Repeat steps 1-6)