Instagram: Here’s How to Use the New Type Mode in Stories

Users can now share text without photos or videos

Instagram's recently introduced Type mode

Instagram recently launched a new Type mode in Stories, allowing users to share Story posts containing text on colorful backgrounds, without the inclusion of pictures or videos. Our guide will show you how this feature works.

Note: These screenshots were captured in the Instagram application on iOS.

Step 1: Tap the camera icon in the top-left corner of the screen.

Step 2: Swipe from left to right at the bottom of the screen to move into the “Type” mode.

Step 3: Tap the screen to open the keyboard.

Step 4: Type your desired text.

Step 5 (optional): By default, the “Modern” font type will be selected, but there are four fonts available in all, as of this writing: Modern, Neon, Typewriter and Strong. If you want to select a new font, tap the font name at the top of the screen to cycle through the available options.

Step 6 (optional): Tap the colorful circle on the left side of the screen to cycle through the available background colors. By default, a different selection of backgrounds is available for each font type, but you can get around this later on (see Step 8 below).

Step 7: When you’re ready to move on, tap the arrow button.

Step 8 (optional): You now have the option to edit the text in a few more ways before sharing your post. For one, you can use pinch-to-zoom and drag controls to change the text’s size, orientation and location on the screen. You can also add additional text blocks by tapping “Aa” in the top-right corner of the screen.

Next, you have the option to change the text’s color by tapping on the text and selecting one of the colors that appear above the keyboard. Note: If your text block contains multiple words, you can make each word a different color by tapping and holding on a word to highlight it before selecting a color. Also note, you can change the font type from this menu by tapping the font name at the top of the screen. This will allow you to have a different font style and background combination than was available in Step 6 above, as well as allow you to use the app’s “Classic” font style. Tap “Done” to exit this color-changing menu.

Finally, when using the Typewriter and Strong fonts, you have the option to add a colored highlight to individual words or complete phrases. To do this, tap your text at any point after completing Step 7 above, and tap the “A” button in the top-left corner of the screen. From there, tap a color to give the text that highlight color. Note: While you can add a highlight to words and phrases as soon as you type them (see Step 4), the highlight will be in a default color that you can’t change until this later stage in the post-creation process.

Step 9: When you’re done editing, tap the “Send To >” button to share the post to your Story. Note: You can also add other elements to your post, such as drawings, stickers and GIFs, before sharing it.