How to Select a Thumbnail for Instagram Videos

Choose how your video will look on your Instagram grid

Updated over a week ago

When publishing video posts to Instagram, you can select the thumbnail that will display on your post so that you can choose how your post will look on your profile, and stay on brand with the rest of your Instagram Grid!

Here’s how to select your Instagram Video thumbnails:

Step 1: Create a new Instagram Post on your calendar or edit an existing post, and then upload a video to your post.

Step 2: Click the three "ellipses" icon on your media thumbnail. This will let you use the sliding scale in order to select your preferred video thumbnail.

Step 3: Click “Save” to save your changes to your post, and you’re done!

You can edit the thumbnail at any time by repeating the steps above.

Want to see how your video post will look on your profile? You can use the Instagram Grid Preview feature in HeyOrca to make sure the video thumbnail you picked matches the style of your Grid. Learn more about HeyOrca’s Instagram Grid feature here.

This feature is only available for directly published posts. To learn more about direct publishing to Instagram in HeyOrca, check out this article.

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