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The Only 3 Instagram Reels Editing Apps You Will Ever Need

The Only 3 Instagram Reels Editing Apps You Will Ever Need

How to Make Reels with Photos for Instagram (2023 Guide)

Reels, Instagram's short-form video feature, is taking the social media world by storm. But did you know that you don't always need video footage to create engaging Reels? In fact, using photos can be a fantastic way to convey a story, showcase your work, or share highlights. If you're wondering how to do this, look no further. Here is your 2023 guide on how to make Reels with photos for Instagram.

Getting Started

Before you dive into creating your Reel, make sure you have your photos ready. You'll want high-quality images that align with the message or story you're trying to convey. Once you have your photos prepared, you can begin creating your Reel.

Step 1: Open the Reels Editor

First, open your Instagram app and tap the camera icon at the top left corner of the screen. Select "Reels" at the bottom of the screen to open the Reels editor.

Step 2: Import Your Photos

Tap on the gallery icon at the bottom left corner of the screen to access your phone’s gallery. Select the photos you want to include in your Reel. You can choose multiple photos at once, and they will be added in the order you selected them.

Step 3: Set Duration for Each Photo

Instagram automatically sets each photo to appear for about 3 seconds. If you want to adjust this, use the slider at the bottom of the screen to change the duration. The total length of your Reel can be up to 30 seconds.

Step 4: Add Music

Tap the music note icon on the left side of the screen to open Instagram's music library. Here, you can search for a song and select the part of it that you want to play in your Reel.

Step 5: Add Text and Stickers

Use the text tool (the 'Aa' icon) to add captions or descriptions to your photos. You can adjust the color, font, and position of the text. The sticker icon allows you to add elements like GIFs or your location.

Step 6: Publish Your Reel

Once you're satisfied with your Reel, tap the 'Next' button to go to the sharing screen. Here, you can add a caption, choose a cover image, and select where you want your Reel to appear (on your feed, in the explore page, etc.). Tap 'Share' to publish your Reel.


Creating Instagram Reels with photos is a great way to engage with your audience and share captivating content, even if you don't have any video footage. With a bit of creativity, the right photos, and this step-by-step guide, you're well-equipped to create your own photo-based Reels. So get out there and start creating!


  1. Can I use both photos and videos in one Instagram Reel?

    Yes, you can use both photos and videos in a single Reel. Instagram's editing tool allows you to mix photos and videos from your gallery or directly capture footage within the app.

  2. How many photos can I use in an Instagram Reel?

    There's no set limit to the number of photos you can use in an Instagram Reel. However, each Reel can only be up to 30 seconds long, so the number of photos will depend on how long you want each photo to appear.

  3. Can I change the order of photos in my Reel?

    The order of photos in your Reel is determined by the order in which you select them from your gallery. Currently, Instagram doesn't provide an option to reorder your selected photos within the Reel editor. To change the order, you'll need to deselect and then reselect the photos in your desired sequence.

  4. Can I edit my Reel after posting it?

    You cannot edit the content of your Reel (like the photos, duration, or music) after it's been published. However, you can edit the caption, hashtags, and location.

  5. Why can't I find the music feature on my Instagram?

    The music feature in Instagram Reels is not available in all regions due to licensing restrictions. If you can't access the music feature, you can use music from your own library, ensuring you have the necessary rights to avoid copyright issues.

  6. How can I make my Instagram Reels more engaging?

    To make your Reels more engaging, use high-quality photos, experiment with text and stickers, and choose music that complements your content. Also, keep your audience in mind: share content that they'll find interesting, informative, or entertaining.

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