10 Tips And Useful Options On Instagram
How to save photos on Instagram, send them privately, ignore messages, hide tags, use filters without publishing, etc.
The popular app Instagram has undergone many changes since it belongs to Facebook and improves visibly, to the point that users often struggle to follow carefully all the news proposed in the app. More and more users are signing up and the app has more and more photo editing tools to improve and personalize the shots taken with the mobile phone before sharing them on the internet.
Just for users or those who occasionally use the app, in this guide we will show you in detail the main functions and tricks that the Instagram app offers so that you can use it to its full potential to increase the followers who follow us, the Likes on the photos, the appreciation of the shared stories and improve the user experience.
Best Instagram tricks
If we have not already done so, we download the Instagram app on our smartphone Android or our iPhone, so that you can immediately start using it with your Facebook account (taking care to associate our Facebook account with the relevant app before continuing on Instagram). Once you get access to Instagram use the following tricks and tips to improve the user experience of the app.
Order Instagram photo filters
If we have Instagram filters that we use more than others, we can reorder them so that they are immediately available when we take a new photo.
To do this, simply open the app, press the + icon in the center of the lower bar, choose which photo to publish, press the upper right corner on Come on, scroll down on the photo filters until you find the item Manage, press on it and use the buttons next to each filter to reorder them, simply by holding down with your finger and dragging them.
Reordered the filters, just press on the top left to confirm and return to the photo editing screen. From now on we will have the Instagram filters that we appreciate most displayed immediately after uploading so that we can immediately apply them.
Check the application of the photo filter
Still, on the theme of Instagram photo filters, we can immediately check what effect the new filter generates and make a comparison with the original photo simply by holding your finger on the photo after choosing the filter.
By releasing the button we can immediately check the difference between the original photo and the modified photo, so as not to have to go back to the “Normal” filter every time.
How to add GIFs to Stories
If we are lovers of animated GIFs and we want to use them also in the Stories, all we have to do is open the app, press on the top left, go to the section Create and scroll through the various elements until you find the button GIF.
As soon as we get to the right screen we press on the search bar on GIPHY and we type a phrase or a word consistent with the GIF we are looking for, to show it in the preview and add it to our Instagram story.
How to hide hashtags in Stories
If we are trying to increase our followers but do not want to show the hashtags that we use in the stories, we can act with a simple trick to hide them.
First of all, let’s create a new story, let’s go to the section Create, press the button aa, then top right on aa then type the hashtag to hide (obviously using #); once ready, reduce it to the smallest possible size (using the left side slide) and set the same color used in the background of the story (also using the tool Dropper, present in the color bar), so that it becomes invisible dragging it to the story area with the same color.
This trick is effective for stories that have a uniform color, but we can also use it in our stories with personal photos, taking care to hide the hashtags in a part of the photo with uniform color (for example a white wall).
How to have the blue tick on the Instagram profile
VIPs, big brands, or Instagram influencers can certify their identity by requesting Instagram: in case of a positive outcome, a blue tick will appear next to the profile, thus certifying the authenticity of each element shared on it (excellent to avoid clone and fake profiles).
If we also want to obtain this recognition and distinguish ourselves from all the others, simply open the Instagram app, press on the bottom right on the profile image, then on the top right on the three lines and finally take us on the path Settings -> Accounts, so you can press on Request verification.
We will be asked to fill in a form and also to provide identity documents; after a few weeks, we will finally be able to benefit from the blue tick on our profile.
The request cannot be made by all Instagram users, but is reserved for registered brands, VIPs and influencers: therefore, we recommend that you make the request only if we exceed 5000 followers and we take care of our profile in every detail, such as seen in the guide How to increase subscribers on Instagram.
Other useful tips for Instagram
Below we have collected other tricks and useful options to know on Instagram so that you can make the best use of it.
Send photos privately only to selected people
If you don’t use Instagram to be followed by strangers but you just want to share some shots with friends and relatives, we can use chats Direct to share the photo with up to 15 people. To use Direct, press on the top right of the paper airplane symbol and choose with whom to share the photos.
To select multiple contacts we can choose Direct in the phone sharing menu and select the recipients by touching the circle next to their names or by typing their names in the field ‘TO‘.
How to ignore messages
If you follow friends who constantly share many even uninteresting photos, without blocking them, you can choose to ignore them. To ignore messages directed by a person, we touch the bar icon at the top right of the home page, touch three horizontal points (iPhone), or the three-point button (Android). and select “Ignore all messages from this user“.
Hide or remove tags
Whenever someone tags you in a photo, it appears in the “photo of you” section. If there are some private photos that you don’t want others to see, you can choose to hide them. To hide a tagged photo, touch the offending photo, access the menu, and hide it.
You can also remove the tag or go to Picture of you, tap the settings in the upper right corner, and select the option ‘Add manually‘. In this regard, we invite you to also read our guide on How to tag on Instagram and check the photos where you are.
Use filters without posting photos on Instagram
Many people may be interested in the Instagram app for its filters, without however wanting to use the social network. You can keep the photo private and without publishing it on the internet using Airplane mode. After setting the phone to airplane mode, take the photo, follow the upload and share procedure until it fails.
Press the button to delete the unshared photo and close Instagram. The photo is still saved in the mobile gallery.
In this regard, we can also read our article on How to make videos on Instagram with cinema filters.
Instagram with the Geotag function recovers the location data of the phone and saves the position of the photos taken. Photos uploaded to Instagram can then be viewed in the Photo Map. To remove the geotag, go to Photo Map and tap on Edit.
Add the Hashtags after publication
After uploading a photo, if you haven’t put a hashtag yet, you can do so by leaving a comment. People will be able to find that photo with the hashtag search.
Saving a published photo
Instagram automatically saves photos to your phone gallery unless you disable the setting save the original photos. To check, go to the settings on the profile page and activate the option Save original photographs.
You can also choose to keep the option disabled and save photos manually.
To save a photo, touch the horizontal three-point button (iPhone) or the button with three vertical points (Android), located at the bottom of the photo, choose “Copy URL” from the menu, paste and open the URL on your phone’s internet browser, touch and hold the photo and save.
Turn off video preloading
When you browse content posted by other people on Instagram, the videos are played automatically. If you don’t want this, go to the settings and select to upload videos only when using Wi-Fi.
Sounds On and Off on videos
You can turn off the audio of Instagram videos in the settings. To listen to the audio of a video in this case, you must tap the audio button on the top right corner of the video.
Instagram is one of the most complete services to take care of our social image and, with all the tricks we have shown above, we will be able to significantly increase our photographic presence on the social network and consequently increase the followers who follow us, to become a true expert influencer.
Other very effective tricks for Instagram can be seen in the guides Instagram on PC with extensions for Chrome and Firefox is download photos and videos from Instagram from Android, iPhone, and PC.
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