How To Use Instagram Story Filters On Camera Roll

How To Use Instagram Story Filters On Camera Roll

How to use instagram story filters on camera roll

Instagram Stories are arguably the best way to showcase your life on social media. With a unique format and countless filters, stories are great for showing off interesting photos or engaging with your followers. Here’s how you can use Instagram Story Filters on Camera Roll.

Instagram Effects Vs Filters

Many people misunderstand effects and filters as the same things. Story filters are definitely different from story filters for sure.  Filters are something that you can easily add to the existing photos or videos while effects are a little bit more complex. Therefore, even notable Instagram users prefer to use filters rather than effects. Let’s have a look at the basic differences between the two before moving our main topic.

Differentiating Instagram filters and effects is very important when it comes to crafting your stories. You would need to choose what’s more practical or what gives you more depth for your stories. Either way, it would depend on your requirements and preferences on the corresponding Instagram stories you want to post.

Filters are simple picture additions that allow instant polishing on your photos. The use of filters basically doesn’t modify the fundamentals of a photo. We can say that filters in Instagram stories offer instant beautification of the existing photos. It helps you improve how the same photo should look with simple applications.

On the other hand,  effects on Instagram stories give you more depth to the edited photo and it’s more complex yet labor-intensive. The effects may modify fundamental aspects of the photo to achieve bigger differences in how the photos must look. Some influencers even used advanced tools or hired professionals to put effects on their photos.

Generally speaking, Instagram users prefer to put filters on their Instagram stories as it’s simpler and faster. Instagram filters are already various and attractive so you won’t necessarily import anything. If you want to consistently update your  Instagram stories, filters are the on-the-go solution. You might have been aware of that as you’re reading this article.

You must know that there are different ways to access filters on Instagram depending on the mode or window you choose. It refers to what you’d upload your photo/video as in Instagram. As you might have known that you can either post to newsfeed, story, and reel at Instagram, right? Instagram story filters are the ones that you can access through the “Story” window.

How To Use Instagram Filters on Existing Photos or Videos

So, we get the million-dollar question here. Before 2019, it’s impossible to add filters to your existing photos on camera roll as you’d have to retake the photos. Fortunately, you can now add story filters to your Instagram with no problems.  You can also tap the + on your Instagram story option to start taking pictures with your camera. Get IG Followers.

Adding Instagram Filters on Existing Photos:

1. Log in to Instagram and Open Camera

First of all, you need to properly log in to your Instagram account and open your camera by swiping left on the main interface. Camera Roll is the gallery that specifically saves images taken by your camera

2. Select An Image from Camera Roll

With the camera open, we’re not taking a picture but you’d need to click the photo thumbnail on the left-below of the camera interface. That would open your Camera Roll and other galleries. At this point, you can select the image that you want to apply with a filter.

3. Click on Smiley Emoji Icon

As the image has been opened on the default interface, you can then click on the smiley emoji icon on the upper side of the screen.  This icon will open filter options that you can choose from to apply to the photo you’ve selected. Remember, choose the round emoji not the flipped square one.

4. Select Your Filters

You’d be presented with tons of filter options especially if you’ve downloaded more of them. At this point, you can select the filter that suits your preferences and requirements by swiping left and trying them out. The try-out is like a preview of how your image would look like when added with a corresponding filter.

5. Apply Filter and Post

After trying out some filters and then getting the best suitable one, you can click “done” on the top right corner of the interface to confirm your filter application. At this point, you’re done and ready to post your story with a photo you’ve just filtered.

Adding Instagram filter on Existing Videos

You can also add Instagram videos to existing videos for sure. If you’re so active in doing reels, you’d be happy to add filters to them, right?  Top reels on Instagram are just fueled with stunning filters. Adding filters to your reels may enhance your following base and you can follow these steps:

1. Open Camera

First of all, you need to open your camera by swiping left on the Instagram interface. However, you’re not capturing any new video for your story. It’s just a way to get into the gallery menu on Instagram.

2. Select a Video

On the Camera interface, click on the square box thumbnail and you’d be directed to your phone gallery. Next, you can select an existing video you want to upload from the gallery you’ve just opened. Be sure that the video length is ideal for an Instagram story.

3.  Select Filter from The Carousel

At this point, you can locate the so-called filter carousel that appears as a universal search button on the bottom of the screen.  You can scroll through the carousel to explore a range of filters with niches. Take your time to find the best suitable filter for your existing video and apply it.  

4. Upload Video

If you’ve applied the filter to your video, you can upload and post it by clicking on “done” on your current screen. It may take a while for uploading your filtered video depending on your internet connections. Once completed, your filtered video has been posted on Instagram.

5. Download Filtered Videos

Filtered Instagram videos are just awesome, right? In the same interface, you can download the filtered videos to your device gallery. You’re now free to upload the video to another platform or play it offline on your device.


1. How do I use Instagram filters on my camera roll?

You can use your Instagram filters on your camera roll just like adding filters to an existing photo which is the guide we’ve explained above. Don’t get confused with the term “camera roll” because it actually refers to your photo gallery that contains images/videos captured with your phone camera. At this point, the procedure is pretty much the same.  

2. How do you use story filters on Instagram?

On the stories window, you just simply swipe left to enter the camera mode and navigate to the camera roll gallery. Select your mage and click on the smiley emoji to select your filter. Apply the suitable filter and then you can share the Instagram story or save it to your gallery/camera roll.

3. How do you use new filters on Instagram stories?

As you’ve added new filters to your Instagram Story carousel,  you’d need to access it first through the smiley icon on the camera mode. You can either add the filter and take a picture and video or simply add it to your existing photo/video. Either way, that’s how you can load the new filters you’ve just added.

4. Is there an app for Instagram filters?

While Instagram has default filters to choose from, they’re just never enough. There are actually many filter apps that you can use for your Instagram. Some of these apps offer amazing filters that you can freely download or pay.  These filters allow you to achieve an outstanding look of the picture for your Instagram newsfeed post or story for sure.


Whether it’s for news feed or stories, the procedure of adding filters on camera roll’s photos/videos are similar. The difference is the create mode/window you choose which becomes the starting point.  On your profile homepage, you can select “+” sign and there are Post, Reel, Story, Story Highlight, and Live. At this point, you need to choose “Story” and browse filters from there.  The availability of filters may vary for each of those modes. 

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