How to post multiple photos on Instagram

Julia Moore
No more struggling to choose the photo that conveys a photoshoot’s concept and shows your photography skills best. From this article you will know how to post multiple photos on Instagram at a time. Because all of them are masterpieces and worth attention.
Reading time — 15 minutes

On Instagram, you can post a series of photos, then, each of them will be a single picture in a sequence, you can also add them to your profile as a collage. Both ways are applicable to posts and Stories. 

How do you post a series of multiple pictures

First, let’s see how you upload a series of images to posts and Stories. They will be separated pictures that one can swipe through.

Carousel post

If you want to add multiple photographs as one post so that people can see each one in full size, you create an Instagram carousel. There you can add up to 10 photos, each will be a slide. 

Images are added in the same order that you mark them. You can see a sequence number on each image when you add them.

The first photo determines the size of all the others. If the first photo is a rectangle, the rest of the photos will be of the same shape. If the originals have different sizes, they will be cropped. You can choose the displayed area for each slide. 

You can make a carousel only from the pictures stored on your phone. 

  1. Tap the plus from your profile page.
  2. Choose Post.
  3. Tap Select Multiple.
  4. Choose photographs for your post and tap next.

You can change the order of photos you add. Tap and hold a pic and drag it to the right place.

You can delete a picture, press and drag it to the appeared trash icon.

The slides are edited independently. You can use different filters, tools, and change the displayed area for each of them.

After you’ve created an Instagram carousel, you post it. 

05. Tap next.
06. Tap the tick.

A series of multiple Stories

You can also post multiple photos to Instagram Stories. Each will be a single publication of 5 seconds duration. You can post up to 10 Stories at a time. 

Mark several photos when uploading them from your phone.

  1. Tap the plus from your home page. 
  2. Choose Story
  3. Tap camera roll
  4. Tap Select Multiple
  5. Choose photos and tap Next.

You can also create multiple Stories using Instagram camera. Choose Multi-Capture to take up to 8 photographs, they will be a series of Stories.

When you’ve added all pictures to your Stories, it’s time to publish it. 

06. Tap Next.
07. Tap Share

How do you post multiple photos as a collage

Another way to post multiple photos on Instagram is to create a collage. Then users will see them all at once. Now we will tell you how to make a collage for posts and Stories.

The number of images you can unite in a collage is not limited, but keep it reasonable. If there are too many pictures, they will be small, and the details will not be distinguishable. 

Make a collage for a post

One of the ways to make a collage is to create it in Instagram Stories and then download. We will tell you about Story collages later. 

Another way to make a collage for a post is to use apps. We will tell about them first. 

Collages in the Layout app

Prior to all the apps, we want to suggest an official Instagram app, which is Layout. You can use up to 9 photos to make a collage in it. Images can be both uploaded from your phone gallery or taken right in the app using its camera.

Layout offers options of the photos’ position. Choose what you like. After that, you can edit or change photos, add borders to the whole picture. Be aware, a collage made in the app can be only square. 

You can post your collage to Instagram right from the app. Posting to other social networks, including Facebook, is also possible. 


Collages in Canva

The second app for making collages that we suggest to you is Canva. You can make collages of photos and videos in it, and even of both them together. Use media files from your phone or the service’s libraries. There are also ready templates. We wrote how to create a post in Canva here

You can share a collage on Instagram right from the app, or website, if you are working on a computer. 

If you want to make a video collage for a post, you can make a Reel with the Layout feature. Make sure the feature Also share to feed is active when posting. More about it here

Add multiple photos on one Story

You can make collages for Stories in the same apps we wrote above. You can also create them right in the Instagram app, then you use Layout mode. One more way to add multiple photos to Instagram Stories is the photo stickers. 

Layout Instagram Stories

Choose Layout mode to create a photo collage for your Instagram Story. You can alter the picture's position. 

You can upload photos from your phone gallery or take new photos using Instagram camera.

Pictures from your phone gallery are added one by one:

  1. Tap camera roll.
  2. Tap a photo.

Repeat steps 1-2 to upload one more image. 

To take a photo using Instagram camera, you tap the button in the center. 

When all parts of a collage are added, tap the tick.

You get to the Story editing menu, where you can put multiple photos using stickers and then post all them.

Photo stickers

The stickers allow you to add multiple photos to an Instagram Story that you’ve already created. You can add as many pictures as you want, put them on or near each other.

  1. Open the stickers menu.
  2. Choose a sticker. Tap the one with the camera icon to take a photo. Tap the sticker with the plus to upload an image from your phone gallery.

By tapping the photo you added, you can change its shape. It can be square, rectangle, round, in the shape of a heart or a star.

You can move the image that you put on your Instagram Story. Tap it and then move to the right place keeping it pressed.

If you want to change the size of the picture, put two fingers on it. Pinch in to minimize the pic, and vice versa, stretch the fingers to maximize it.

If you want to rotate the image, put two fingers on it and turn them in the direction you need. 

Photos and videos on Taplink

If you often post Instagram carousels, you will like Taplink tools. Create your page and post as many image carousels as you need. Social media users can go to the page to view them.

In a Taplink carousel, you can change image size and add up to 15 slides. You can turn on their automated transition and even set the time for changing a slide.

For each slide, you can write a headline and description, add a link. You can change photos in the slides, and their order.

Add other blocks near your carousel to make your page more beautiful and informative. You can add text, music, links and messaging apps buttons. 

Here is how Taplink editing menu looks.

Put your Taplink page link in your bio on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, Twitter so that users can follow it and look at your photo collections. Sign up for free to create your Taplink page.

How to use multiple photos

We know you have an amazing photo idea to post and you are looking for a way to realize it. But we will give you some more ideas for your Instagram posts and Stories that you probably don't know. Even if you don’t want to try them right now, they may come in handy in the future. 

Comparison. Compare differences between "before" and "after", pros and cons, or two similar products in a collage or a sequence of photos. These ideas are good for blogs with any topic. 

Riddles. You better use it in a carousel or a series of Stories. On the first slide, you write a riddle, and on the next one, you give the answer. Thus, users can think before they see the answer. 

Text. Add a part of an article from your blog. Use it in a carousel or a series of multiple Instagram Stories, then the text will be readable. It may be a long story or description, or it may be some main points to which you want to draw users’ attention. 

Lists and checklists. They are good for posting as an Instagram carousel or a series of Stories. Add a separate image for each point from a list. You can flesh out them.

Instructions. An instruction is usually a short text with one or more pictures. To make sure users can see the images well, post instructions as a carousel or a sequence of Stories. Each step should be in its own picture, and you better add important subtleties. In the end, you can add a general video guide. 

The bottom line 

Same looking pictures in the feed may irritate or bore your followers, and they will unsubscribe from you. Or they mute you, in the best case. Group photos in a collage or carousel, then, if a follower is interested in your photos, they will view them all. And if they are not, they don’t have to scroll for long in order to skip them.

You can post multiple photos on Instagram to your Stories and posts. Add them as a series of pictures that a user can swipe through to view. You do it by creating an Instagram carousel or uploading a series of Stories. You can also create a collage to show users all photos at once, download apps or use Stories Layout for this. 

Are you going to add multiple photos to posts or Stories? Write in the comments!