How to Create Custom Covers for Instagram Highlights

Instagram Highlights are a great addition. It allows you to customize the circles under the Instagram bio. 

However, if you don’t have any experience, you might need some guidance when it comes to how to create these covers. Fortunately, it is quite easy once you know which software to use. 

For the next lines, we will focus on using Canva to guide you through this process. It is completely free to use and extremely intuitive. 

How to Create Custom Covers for Instagram Highlights

Access Canva

Canva does not require access from a PC. You may also download the phone app as both ways are as straightforward. 

Once you open the Canva app, you will see on the top all types of designs you can create with it. It is a great, resourceful, free platform to create anything you want. 

The top bar in the mobile phone version will show “Your Story”, the second type of design. Tap on it and then choose a blank template

Background Color

First of all, as your template is loaded, you need to decide the background color. This is the first step in creating a custom cover for your Instagram highlight. 

There are two main options when choosing a background color. Firstly, you can easily select the colors displayed at the bottom of your screen, or press the plus sign. This loads a field that allows you to type in your preferred color code if you want a specific shade. 

Add Text, Emoji, or Icon

Now that your custom cover has a background, you can customize it by adding emojis, text, or icons. All you need to do is follow the prompts on the screen

For example, if you want to add an icon to the cover, you need to press on the plus icon. This is located in the bottom right corner. Then, tap on “graphics”, and you can scroll through all the options available. 

You may also choose for a specific one if you wish, such as typing in “heart”, and all heart icons will appear on the screen. 

Choose the icon you want on your cover. Then, choose the color of the icon, and you are all set. You may also choose the size if you wish.

Add More Pages

If you want to keep designing more covers, you can add pages. Once again, press the plus button in the right corner at the bottom of the screen and select “pages”. Design the new cover. 

Save Your Cover(s)

After you finish designing your covers, you need to make sure you save them on your phone. All you need to do is tap on “share”. 

If you have an Android phone, tap on “upload to photos”. For iPhone devices, locate the “Quick Look” option. Then, press the export icon, which is located in the bottom left corner, and choose to save your image. 

Archive Feature

Before you can share your covers on Instagram, you need to turn on the Archive feature. You can do so by accessing Instagram settings. Open the app and tap the three dots in the upper right corner. 

Tap “Story Settings” and then turn on the “Save to Archive” option, which is located in the “Saving” settings. 

Post your Highlight

First of all, in order to set a cover for the highlight, you need to add your cover to the Insta Stories. Share the cover in the Insta Story section and then select the “highlight button”.

This opens up two options. Firstly, you can create a new highlight, or you can add a cover to an existing one. If you already have a highlight, you can simply choose the one without the cover. 

How To Create A New Highlight

To create an Insta story highlight, you need to select the plus button and name your new highlight. Then, the new highlight will be displayed at the bottom part of your Instagram bio. 

To edit the cover, hold your finger on the highlight (shaped like a circle), tap on “edit highlight”, then “edit cover”. Here, you can customize the cover as you wish, resize it, or more. 

How to Create Custom Covers for Instagram Highlights


All in all, it is easy to create custom covers for Instagram highlights. Canva is not only easy to use but also completely free.