How to Change Instagram Story Background Color - Free & Easy Ways

Last Updated: Nov. 19, 2022

When uploading an image to a story, Instagram automatically picks the default color as your story background based on your image. What if you don't like the color that's chosen for you? How to change Instagram Story background color?

It's easy! We'll share three different ways to change the background color of an Instagram Story here, whether you want to change your Instagram background color to another solid color or want to use a pre-made specific image or another creative background.

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Part 1 How to Change Instagram Story Background Color to a Different Color

If you want to give your Insta story a new background, the easiest way is to change your background to a solid color. Here, we'll share two ways for you to change the default background to another color on Instagram Story with the Pen tool and Eraser Tool.

Using the Pen Tool to Change the Background Color on Instagram Story

Step 1
Open the Stories, and click on your gallery to select any image or take a random photo directly.
Change the Background Color on Instagram Story Using Pen Tool

Change the Background Color on Instagram Story Using Pen Tool

Step 2
On the story draft screen, use two fingers to resize your image and adjust its location. Then, click the scribble icon on the top of the screen.
Change the Background Color on Instagram Story Using Pen Tool

Change the Background Color on Instagram Story Using Pen Tool

Step 3
Select the pen tool if you want a solid color background, or the highlighter tool if you want a translucent background.
Change the Background Color on Instagram Story Using Pen Tool

Change the Background Color on Instagram Story Using Pen Tool

Step 4
Select your desired color with the color dropper tool or choose from the default color options.
Step 5
Press and hold the screen for a couple of seconds until the whole screen color change to the one you selected. Then click "done".
Step 6
Now, you can add the photo or video over the new background. Simply tap on the stickers icon, and select the "camera roll" sticker.
Step 7
Resize your image or video clip and place it over the top of the other image, so that it is clearly visible above your new background color, and you can also add text or emojis anywhere you like.
Change the Background Color on Instagram Story

Change the Background Color on Instagram Story

Although there are a few steps involved, this way is a great option to go if you want to change Instagram Story's default background color.

Using the Eraser Tool to Change the Background Color on Instagram Story

Besides using the pen tool to change your Ins Story background color, the Eraser Tool also works perfectly in changing the background color of your Instagram Story. Here's how:

Step 1
Open your Instagram Story tool to upload the image you want to share.
Step 2
Use the Pen tool or Highlighter tool to add a "full-color fill" or a "transparent overlay" to your photo.
Step 3
Tap the "eraser tool" from the top menu, the fifth icon from the left.
Change the Background Color on Instagram Story Using Eraser Tool

Change the Background Color on Instagram Story Using Eraser Tool

Step 4
Once you've selected the eraser tool, tap and drag on the portion of the photo to reveal the particular thing in the picture that you want to show to others.

Part 2 How to Change Instagram Story Background Color to a Pre-made Background

Don't want to limit your Instagram story background to a simple color? You can also change your story background to the pre-made specific background image. Here’s how to use a specific image as your Instagram background:

Step 1
Open your Instagram Story tool.
Step 2
Select the photo gallery icon in the bottom left corner of the story screen to upload your background image.
Step 3
Use two fingers to expand the background image to cover the entire story screen.
Step 4
Place stickers, text, hashtags, Gifs, and emojis over the background to personalize it even more. (You can also add another image on top with the Sticker feature.)

Bonus: Easy & Creative Way to Change Instagram Story Background Color

Want to get more creative on your Story background? There you have it. That's where this option to use another free and easy third-party online video editor, like FlexClip, comes in.

With FlexClip, you can easily make your Instagram Story video with a cool background and more special effects for free!

Want to customize your Instagram Story video with more creative background and effects for free? Here's how:

1. Set Your Instagram Story Background

2. Add Photos or Clips to Your Story

3. Customize Your Instagram Story Video

Step 1
Set Your Instagram Story Background

FlexClip offers various backgrounds for you to choose from, including stunning background footage from its background library or the simple color background. You can even upload your own footage to set as your Story background.

#1: Pick One from Background Library

If you want to choose one from the Background library, simply go to the sidebar and click on the Background button, then find your desired background for your Instagram Story video.

Change Instagram Story Background Color with FlexClip - Background Library

Change Instagram Story Background Color with FlexClip - Background Library

#2: Add a Simple Color Background

Adding a simple color background for your Instagram Story video is pretty easy to do, just go to the storyboard and click the "+" icon to add a color background. Then you can change the background color with the Background Color icon on the top of the screen.

Change Instagram Story Background Color with FlexClip - Simple Color Background

Change Instagram Story Background Color with FlexClip - Simple Color Background

#3: Upload Your Own Pre-made Background

You can also upload a pre-made image or clip to FlexClip and set it as your Story background. Go to the Media section and click the Local Files to upload your footage, and then apply to the storyboard directly.

Change Instagram Story Background Color with FlexClip - Pre-made Background

Change Instagram Story Background Color with FlexClip - Pre-made Background

Step 2
Add Photos or Clip to Your Story

Once your Story background is ready, you can add the photos and clips over it. Simply upload your photos to the FlexClip's Media section first (or you can pick some stock media from FlexClip's Video and Photo library), then overlay them on your Story background with the Picture-in-Picture feature.

Change Instagram Story Background Color with FlexClip - Add Photos or Clip

Change Instagram Story Background Color with FlexClip - Add Photos or Clip

Here you can customize the image overlay freely with the tools on the top of the screen, add a filter, adjust brightness, flip & crop it, add motion, adjust the duration, etc.

Step 3
Overlay Yourself on the Video

To make your Story video far more appealing, you can use FlexClip's tools to make any other edits you'd like to level up video:

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Final Words

That's all about how to change Instagram Story background color. Hopefully, with the methods we shared, you can easily make your Instagram Stories far more appealing with cool backgrounds and impress your followers, friends, or family.

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