An Instagram story video lasts for a maximum of 15 seconds. If you want to upload a longer video, you will need to stitch the footage into different 15-second segments. When it comes to photos, an Instagram story of an image will last for 7 seconds. You can add filters, stickers, music, GIFs, and text as you prefer for all these Instagram Stories.

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You also have the option of either taking the story video or photo live or uploading it from your gallery. When you upload a video from your library, and it is more than 15 seconds long, Instagram will automatically cut the video into smaller parts of 15 seconds each.

However, you cannot post a story that is longer than 1 minute. If you want to upload a longer than 1-minute story, you need to use a third-party app that will help you cut the original video into two so that you can upload them separately as a string of 15-second videos.

Continue reading to know how long do Instagram stories last.

Sharing Reels and IGTV videos on stories:

Not only this, but you also get to make reels and IGTVs on Instagram. Reels follow the same rules as Instagram stories. You can choose between either a 15 or a 30-second video before you start shooting your video. As for IGTV videos, they can last from 15 seconds to 60 minutes. With these, you even have the option of creating a channel and post regular clips.

You can also share these posts- reels and IGTV videos on your stories; however, as the standard duration, your video will only be displayed on your story for the given 15 seconds. But your viewers can tap on the video and go to the source to watch the full video.

Instagram Live videos:

There is also an option to do an Instagram Live, which can go up to a maximum of 60 minutes. Like the name suggests, this video takes place live with a live audience; however, you can still view an already finished live stream in your story. This live story will be uploaded separately from your previous story uploads and show up on a completely different button.

Instagram feed videos:

You can post videos on your Instagram feed as well. These videos can be 60 seconds long. You can also share them on your story after you have posted them in your feed. However, a feed post shared on your Instagram story does not play the video. Instead, it will be registered as a picture video and will last only for 7 seconds. Viewers can tap on the story/post, which will take them to the source, where they can view the full video.

How to make videos on Instagram stories:

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  • Launch the Instagram app on your mobile device
  • Log into your Instagram account.
  • Go to your profile and tap on the “+” sign, and choose “story.”
  • Swipe left from your account feed to enter the Instagram camera
  • Choose filters if you want and click pictures or press and hold the shutter for a video.
  • You can go to the left-hand side of the screen to choose from multiple options, the type of story you want to create. For example, you can use the boomerang effect or create a layout/ collage. There is an option to take the video hands-free as well.
  • You can also upload a picture or video that you already have in your gallery. However, if the video is longer than 1 minute, you will need to use s third-party app to split your video into shorter segments to fit a series of 15-second long videos.
  • Swipe right to choose filters for your stories.
  • You can press the “send to” button to send your story to some specific people or click on “Share” next to “Your story” on the pop-up screen.
  • Else, you can directly click on “Your stories” or “Close friends” on the bottom right side of the screen to publicly display your story.

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