Instagram Stories: How to put filters on photos already in the gallery

Instagram now lets you use Stories filters in gallery images, not just in-time photos and videos. The new feature is useful for anyone who has an old photo saved on the phone and would like to post on the social network. You can use any of the effects available on the platform, including face filters. The only prerequisite is that your face is well framed and focused. Otherwise, the application can not identify the objects in the photo and the filter will not be applied correctly.

In the following tutorial, see how to apply filters to gallery photos and post to Instagram Stories. The procedure was performed on an iPhone 8 with iOS 12, but the tips are also valid for users of Android devices.

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Step 1. Open the Instagram Stories camera and slide the screen up or touch the thumbnail of the last photo in your mobile gallery in the lower left corner of the screen. Then select the photo you want to use;

Select a gallery photo

Step 2. Now tap on the filters icon, next to the download option, and choose the filter you want to use;

Select the desired filter

Step 3. Returning to the editing screen, you can add figurines, freehand drawings and texts. When you're done, touch "Your story" to add the image directly to your story, or "Send to" to select specific friends.

Posting photo with filter

Ready! Enjoy tips for posting old photos, saved in your mobile gallery, with filters on Instagram Stories.

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