The Secrets of Instagram Stories: Uploading Slow-Mo Videos!

This is not now, nor will it ever be, a tech-blog.

However, I had this question come up the other day and it has to do with pictures (yay pictures!) And, well, there is pixels in the title of this fun site, so I figured, if a few people were confused, then maybe more are as well (I promise, more pics of food and giant Ghostbusters ghosts coming very shortly.)

So, Shamaine and I have been dogsitting for a beautiful whippet for a few days, and this dude is fast. I’m talking speed of light, let him off his leash and he’s a gray blur in the distance kind of fast. And I figured it might be fun to capture him in slow-mo and then upload it to the new Instagram stories on my @AlexShebar account. So I did just that yesterday:


Throughout the day, I got a bunch of questions from people asking, basically: “How the hell did I do that?”

Some people had been under the assumption that you could only upload live video to Instagram Stories and what I had done with putting an edited video there was some sort of dark sorcery. I can’t blame them, the ability to upload non-live videos to Instagram Stories is not actually that obvious on the app.

I figured if they didn’t know how to do it, maybe you don’t either and I’ll post it here.

So let’s do that!


Ready? Let’s go…


  1. Open Instagram.
  2. Open Instagram Stories. (If you haven’t used it yet, it’s the little plus sign in a half-finished circle in the top left corner of your screen.)
  3. Now here’s the non-obvious part: Drag down from the top of your screen to reveal a hidden menu! This feature wasn’t made very obvious by Instagram and if you didn’t know this was there, it is pretty fantastic.
  4. You can now upload anything on your phone that’s been taken in the last 24 hours.

I even made one last GIF to show you exactly what that menu looks like.


Again, nothing revolutionary, but pretty cool if you only thought that Instagram Stories had to be done live. (I’ll even throw the hat tip to Mareike here for letting me know about it, since I had no idea for a long time.) 

Now, the best part is, you don’t just have to upload videos taken from your phone like I did with the slow-motion one above. You can upload anything taken in the last 24 hours: your quick back-and-forth vids from Boomerang, your sped up hyper ones from Hyperlapse, and even your Snapchat filtered and captioned pics if you want to stay on brand and have all your “live” shots look the same. It’s exactly the same process.

So there you go, a little tech tip for your day. Many of you will probably already know this, so please disregard. But if not, hopefully it’s helpful and your Instagram game is now well improved.

1 Comment

  • Claire

    Thank you for reminding me about the secret menu! I’d found it once then lost it entirely!