Do you like Snapchat Stories? Then you'll love Instagram, er, stories. Yes, Instagram has copied Snapchat down to its name. Look for stories of those you follow up in your Instagram feed. To go through history, tap to the left to move to the next, press the screen to take a longer look.
Tap on Your Story at the top left of your feed or swipe left across the main screen. Then, as usual, take a picture or video in the app, or upload a video from your phone by tapping the photo icon on the left. When you're done, tap the emoji and letters icons in the top right corner to refresh your photos or videos if you want. Your followers can see it for 24 hours.
If you want to see who has seen it, open the story and swipe up the screen to see how many times it has been seen and who has seen it] Save stories as highlights
Stories are a great one ephemeral way of sharing things with your followers. But sometimes you want these stories to stay with you. Instagram has noticed this and saves it for you in the archive (change it via Settings> Story Controls> Save ) so you can add it as a highlight. These video collections appear on your profile page and are retained when your stories expire after 24 hours. Tap "+ Mark" in your profile to create a new one. Within a story, there is also the option to add to highlight.
Adding Type Stories
Show your writing style even if you enter only one word. Instagram has added the "Type" mode to "Stories", where you can choose from a variety of fonts and backgrounds to create dynamic posts without a photo or video. Open the camera icon and you will see the option "Type" at the bottom left of the screen. Tap the color palette to change the background color, and select fonts at the top to choose between the fonts.
Add GIF-Enhanced Sticker Stories
Maybe you have a right path with a story, maybe not. But now you have help. Instead of just static stickers, Instagram offers animated GIFs for stories. Just select the sticker icon in the top right corner when creating a story, and then select GIF. You can search by typing a term or simply scrolling through the options.
Sharing someone else's story
If you see a story you want to share with a friend, select the direct icon (it looks like a paper plane) in the bottom right corner and select it with who you want to share then tap Send. If you do not want your stories shared, you can disable it. Go to Settings> Story Controls> Allow Sharing and turn it off
Share someone else's contributions to your stories
When you see a post that you add to a story If you want to tap Paper plane icon on it and tap Add post to your story. You can add stickers and text and resize them before you share them.
Share Stories That Mention You
Instagram has made it possible for you to slip a mention of yourself straight from your DMs into a story. If you're mentioned in someone else's story, you'll get a notification in your direct messages, and then you can tap on it to share it directly with your own story. You can also edit it with stickers and text before you do it.
Add a poll to your story
The wisdom of the crowd is now available through polls. Just make a story and then under the sticker options select the poll sticker. You can then enter a question and two answer options. If you want to see how each person has voted, swipe up to see all the viewers in your story, and you'll see their answers beside their names.
Adding an Emoji Slider to Stories
Words are often not enough to describe how much you like something. Now there is an emoji slider that you can add to a story to measure the mood. Create a story as usual and tap the Emoji slider sticker icon on the photo or video tray. Enter a question and choose the emoji that works best as a slider. You can see who responded and how far the slider was moved, as well as the average response of the slider.
Go live on Instagram
With a trick from Facebook, Instagram offers a live feature for stories. You can send live to followers by tapping the camera icon or swiping right, selecting Live from the slider at the bottom of the screen, and tapping Start live video. You can see how many viewers have their program in the upper right corner of the screen. The comments are shown below. However, if you want to disable them, tap the ellipses (), and then select Exclude comment. When you're done, just tap on the top right corner of the screen
When a follower becomes active, a pink play button will appear below the avatar at the top and a notification may appear while you're browsing Instagram.
Streaming live with a friend
You do not have to live alone. To add a friend, tap the camera icon at the top left of the screen or swipe from your feed to the right. Then select Live at the bottom of the screen and start Live Video. You will see a symbol with two superimposed faces. Select it and choose a person you want to live with. When your friend accepts your request, a split-screen view of both of you will be displayed. To remove them, tap the X at the top of the transfer area.
Save your live video
Live video disappeared when you were done, but you can save it now. When you're done creating a live video, tap Save in the top right corner, and then tap Done. The video will be saved in your camera roll minus the comments, likes, number of viewers or interactions – assuming your phone has enough space.
One of the things that Instagram borrowed from Snapchat is selfie filters. If you want a super flattering photo of yourself as a dog or in a flower crown, you can do it in Instagram. Go to the Home screen and swipe right or select your story at the top of the screen. A face icon appears and you can tap it to switch between filters.
Send a disappearing message on Instagram
Oh, something else about Snapchat, you say? Instagram has added the ability to send and receive fading photos and videos. Open Instagram, tap the camera icon, or swipe right, take a photo or video, add any emoji or font, and tap Submit. You will see a list of people or groups to whom you can send. The recipient will get it like any other DM in his inbox, but once the video or photo has been viewed, it will be shown as a grayed out box.
Words fail you, but you want someone DM. You can let a GIF speak for itself. In a message, tap the GIF button to search for Giphy, image juste .
Some images that you just want to stare forever, but Instagram feeds can go down too fast, depending on how many accounts you are tracking. To save photos (without alerting the owner), tap the bookmark icon directly below it. To view saved photos, go to your profile page, tap the Hamburger menu (), and then tap Saved. Beats taking a screenshot.
Adding photos to Pinterest-like collections
To organize all saved posts, create a Pinterest-like collection. Go to your profile and tap the Hamburger menu ()> Saved> the + button on the top right. Enter a name for your collection and click Next. You will be prompted to select the photos you want to add to your collection. Press Done. Collections are displayed on the Saved tab.
If you want to save a collection directly from a post, go to the post and long-press the bookmark icon. Here you can save the image in an existing collection or create a new one by tapping the plus sign. If you do not have existing collections, the pop-up asks you to start one (pictured).
Hide photos from your feed without deleting
Sometimes you want to save an Insta, but no one sees it. Maybe you want to banish an ex or frememy from your public profile. Go to a post you'd like to save, tap the top three dots and select Archive. Followers can not see it anymore, but it will not be deleted. If you want to see it, go to your profile and select the archive icon at the top left (it looks like a clock with an arrow). There, you tap again on the three-point symbol and select it again in your profile.
Make Your Instagram Account Private
It may be Instagram's idea to share your photos with the world. But if you want only a few to see your brunch shots or sunsets, you can make your account private. On your profile page, tap the hamburger menu ()> Settings> Account Protection and turn Private Account On. You will then receive a notification if someone wants to follow you, similar to a Facebook friend request.
Hiding Your Activity Status
Instagram has decided that it's a good idea for people to see when someone in the app was active. * Insert side-eye emoji * This is a feature that is useful for stalkers and not many others. For a little privacy, go to Settings, scroll down to activity status, and then pull the key out. This means that while your activity status is hidden, you can not see anyone. But you're not a crawler, so it does not matter, right?
Screenshot Without Fear
Okay, you're not a creeper, but you still look at people's stories (we all do it). That's okay, because Instagram has decided not to inform people about it.
Adding or switching to a different account
If you have more than one Instagram account, you can easily manage multiple accounts. Switch between up to five accounts without having to log out and log in again. Go to your profile> hamburger icon ()> Settings. Scroll down and tap Add Account. Enter the username and password of an additional account.
Go to your profile page, touch your username at the top of the screen and select the account you want to view from the drop-down menu (This also offers the option to add another account). Or long press on your profile icon in the lower right corner of your home screen and select the desired account.
Use Superzoom to get close to your followers. Open the camera, tap the Superzoom, and Instagram shoots a three-second video shot on your face (or whatever you like to film) along with appropriate, thrilling music. If you want a longer zoom, press and hold on the screen while recording rather than tapping the icon. When you're done filming, send the video on Instagram Direct to friends or turn it into a story.
Portrait, Landscape Orientations
In 2015, Instagram finally freed the users: no inventive cropping or black bar frames anymore. If you select content to post, tap the format icon on the left side (looks like two small boxes) to switch between square, portrait (vertical), or landscape (horizontal).
Lately, Instagram has introduced changes that allow you to put everything into frames in pictures and videos in stories. When creating a story, pinch the photo or video to share it in its original dimensions. Each additional space is filled with a gradient of what you have uploaded.
Adding a Border to Instagram Posts
Let no boundaries between you and the perfect setting be advised. To add something to your filtered photos, tap the filter you used a second time and then tap the Frame icon on the right. If you decide against the border, just tap it again. Save by ticking the check mark.
Adding Multiple Photos to One Post
If you'd like to post multiple pictures on Instagram without overwhelming your audience, Instagram now supports up to 10 pictures or videos in one post. However, you can only select one filter and write only one headline for the entire post.
To create a gallery creator, you must use images and videos from your library. Select the library as usual and tap the stacked photos icon in the lower right corner of the image. Your library will appear at the bottom of the screen, and you can tap a bubble in each image or video to include it in the post. When you tap each bubble, it is numbered for the order in which it appears in the mail. If you click Next, you can select a filter, create a caption, and write a message. Your followers will see a series of dots on the bottom of your first image and they'll be able to swipe through the others.
Post Instagram from other apps
To use Instagram, you always had to be on Instagram. With the app, you can now post photos, Twitter, Safari and other apps without having to open the app itself. Open an app like photos and select an image. Then tap the Share button, swipe right in the top row of colored icons and press "More" at the end. Find Instagram and activate it. Once you've done that, you can press and hold the Instagram icon to get closer to the top of the list. Choose it if you want to post it on Instagram, but you can only edit it if you actually open the Instagram app.
Be a Follower
You can of course follow Instagram, but you can also follow hashtags. In a post, tap on a hashtag or type in a search. Tap the magnifying glass icon to begin searching, begin typing, and switch to the Tags tab. Once you've found a tag that you're interested in, tap the phrase and then tap the blue follow button below.
A picture is worth a thousand words, allowing Instagram hashtag emoji. If you want to know who still uses your favorite emoji, you can also search for them.
You can incorporate so much into an Instagram video as Sascha Segan of PCMag shows. But you're probably looking at Instagram on your phone, so you have to be selective about how you use your bandwidth. Luckily, on Instagram you can make sure Instagram does not preload videos over cellular connections. On your mobile device, navigate to your profile, select the Gear (iOS) or Hamburger (Android) icon in the top right corner, select Mobile Usage, and then Use Less Data.
The Sound of Silence
All Instagram videos are silent by default when you scroll through your feed. However, if you tap the sound for a video, any video you scroll through will automatically play with the sound. If you prefer to be quiet, tap Silence, which mutes the sound on every other video. Once you've ended an Instagram session, your setting will be reset to "Still" the next time you open the app.
Report posts about self-harm or suicide
Very few people actually live in Instagram perfectly, but if you see a post or live video stream that worries you about self-harm or suicide, you can report the post on the tap Ellipse ()> Report> It is inappropriate and then self-injury. Instagram will reach the account holder. Also, call local law enforcement agencies and encourage the individual to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or chat online with the service.
Access the Web on Instagram
You can not just use Instagram as an app on your phone. Access your Instagram profile on the web by going to Instagram.com and signing up. You can not upload or edit photos, but you can see stories, get notifications, browse your feed, like and comment on photos, and then search people, places, and hashtags online.