Created in 2010, Instagram is a popular photo-sharing app that has been downloaded a whopping 400 million times. With this free app, you can shoot photos and videos and share them on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr. The app is constantly changing and adding more and more features, so it may be a challenge to learn how to do everything. Whether you’re new to Instagram or have been using the app for several years now, here are some tips to help you get the most out of your experience.
1. Make your account private.
Anybody can see the photos you post on Instagram unless you make your account private. You can do this by going to your Profile, selecting Settings, and activating the Private Account settings.
2. Share photos with select people.
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Want to share a photo with some people but not the whole world? You can use Instagram Direct, which allows you to share a photo with up to 15 people. They can comment on the photo, but it won’t show up in search results. To use this feature, go to the Share To page, which is located at the top next to Followers. Choose Direct, then select the recipients by clicking the circle next to their names. Alternately, you can type their names on the To: line. Finally, click send and you’re good to go.
3. Ignore people.
Tired of seeing new posts every five minutes from certain people? We all have those friends who want to share everything when everyone, and you may get to the point where if you see one more photo of your friend’s dessert, you’ll lose it. It would be rude to block your friend completely, but if you want to simply ignore her messages, you can do so with this trick. Go to the user's profile page, and tap the three dots at the top right. Select “Turn Off Post Notifications” to stop seeing their new posts. Of course, you can only turn them off if they are on initially.
4. Link to social media accounts.
Get the most out of Instagram by connecting it to your social media accounts. There are a number of accounts you can link it to, but the most popular ones are Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and Tumblr. To start linking, go to Profile, Linked Accounts, and then Share Settings. You’ll be prompted to choose which accounts you want to link to. You don’t have to share your photos on every site every time. When you upload a photo, you’ll be asked to select the accounts to which you want the image to link. If you want to share the photo on Instagram only, that’s fine as well.
5. Hide/remove tagged photos.
Your profile page has a Photos of You section that contains photos you’ve been tagged in by someone else. These photos are public, but this might not concern you too much unless there are some embarrassing photos of you that you don’t want others to see. You can hide or remove them by following these directions. You can hide the photo by tapping it. You will see your Instagram handle. Tap it and you will see a menu. Select Hide From My Profile and the photo will be hidden out of sight from others. If you don’t want to be tagged in the photo, select More Options, then Remove Me From Photo.
6. Edit a photo without posting.
If you’re simply looking to use Instagram’s photo editing capabilities without actually posting the photo, you can with this cheat. Here’s how to use your phone’s Airplane Mode to keep your filtered photo without posting.
7. Add hashtags after posting.
It happens to the best of us. You upload your photo, add a caption and post it – and see that you forgot to add the hashtags. Oh snap! Don’t panic. You can still add them after the fact by putting them in the comments. So #noworries.
8. Embed photos on your blog.
Instagram is a great tool for taking photos that can be shared on your blog. If you took an amazing photo that you want to share on your blog, you can embed the image on the website by using these instructions. First, find the photo online at Instagram. Click on the three dots symbol and then select Embed. Copy and paste the code online to show off your picture to the world. Note that if your content is set to private, you won’t be able to share the photo, so keep this in mind.
Instagram can be a useful app to share more with friends, family and followers. By utilizing the tricks above, you can unlock features you never knew existed on Instagram. You can also enhance the user experience and make using Instagram a fun activity.