15 Instagram tips and secrets you should know

In recent years, Instagram has quickly become everyone’s favorite social network, not just the youngest. The Pew Research Center reported in 2015 that 26% of adult Internet users use Instagram. Compare that to 23% of adult web users who use Twitter.

Not only do adults use Instagram, but 53% of adults between 18 and 29 years of age claim to use this application every day.

To help beginner and advanced Instagram users get familiar with the platform, we’ve put together a list of 15 lesser-known tips and features that this social network offers.

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Regardless of whether you are a headhunter looking to showcase your company’s culture, a marketer in the ecommerce industry, or someone who wants to take their Instagram to a more advanced level, in this post you will find tips and features that will help you useful. (I think we all agree that # 4 is revolutionary.)

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Note: Before starting, make sure you are using the latest version of Instagram. The current version at the time of publishing this post is 8.0.0

15 secret Instagram tips and features

1) Get notifications when your favorite people make a post.

Don’t you want to miss an Instagram post from your favorite people again? You can get a notification every time a specific user posts a new photo. All you have to do is activate the notifications for each user individually.

To activate notifications for a specific user: visit the user’s profile and open one of their posts. Then click on the ellipsis in the lower right corner of the post and in the menu that appears, select “Enable post notifications”.

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Do you want to disable post notifications? Just perform those same steps and disable them.

Note: if you followed these instructions and still don’t receive notifications, make sure you have activated the notifications option of the Instagram app in your phone’s settings. Here’s how to do it:

  • To activate notifications on an iPhone / iPad: go to “Settings” and then to “Notifications”. Select “Instagram” and then activate the “Allow notifications” option.
  • To activate notifications on Android: go to “Settings”, scroll down, select “Applications” and then “Instagram”. Select the option to enable notifications.

2) View all the posts that you liked.

Have you ever wanted to see all the posts you liked in one place? All you have to do is go to your profile and click the “Options” button (a gear icon on iPhone / iPad devices and ellipsis on Android). Then, click on “Post you liked”.

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To remove a “like” from any post you liked, just go to that post and uncheck the heart icon below the image. The user will not be notified when you un-like their post.

3) View the posts that your friends have marked as “I like”, in which they have commented, and more.

You know how you can see your posts that other people have recently liked. But what about recent posts that people you follow liked or commented on other people’s photos?

To see the recent activity of the people you follow: click the heart icon at the bottom of the home screen, which shows which people have liked your Photos. Then select the tab that says “Next” at the top.

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4) Look at someone’s photos without having to worry about accidentally liking them.

You no longer have to live in fear of something like this happening to you. This is more of a tip than a feature, but here it is: to see someone’s photos on Instagram without having the “paranoia of accidentally liking”, turn on airplane mode on your device while scrolling through the latest news of that person. If you don’t have internet access, then you won’t be able to “like” their photo even if you double click on the image.

However, photos won’t upload if you activate airplane mode first. First you have to go to the latest news so that the photos are loaded, then you must activate the airplane mode and finally you can start scrolling the screen. When you get to the bottom of the breaking news and need to load more images, just turn off airplane mode, let more photos load, and turn it on again.

  • To activate airplane mode on an iPhone / iPad: slide your finger from the bottom of the screen to the top of your device and click on the airplane icon. You can also do this by going to “Settings”, “Wi-Fi” and then activating the “Airplane mode” option.
  • To activate airplane mode on an Android device: slide your finger from the top of the screen. Then scroll from right to left until you get to “Settings” and enter that section. Select “Airplane mode” to activate that option.

5) Clear your search history.

I swear this post is not about convincing people that you are not a weirdo. But let’s face it: there are times when we all wish we could clear our search history on Instagram. Luckily, it is possible.

To clear your search history: go to your own profile and click the “Options” button (a gear icon on iPhone / iPad devices and ellipsis on Android). Scroll down and click “Clear search history.” When prompted, click “Yes, I’m sure.”

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6) Reorder the filters and hide the ones you don’t use.

If you use Instagram frequently, you probably have a couple of favorite filters that you always use and others that you don’t even touch. So that you can edit your photos easily, you can rearrange the filters in your editing window and even hide the ones you never use.

To reorder or hide filters, upload a photo and start editing it as if you were going to make a new post. When you get to the filters page, scroll down to the last option of your filters and click “Manage”.

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To reorder the filters: press the three gray lines that are on the left end of the filter that you would like to move and drag it to where you want to place it.

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To hide filters: uncheck any filter you would like to hide by removing the selection at the far right of the filter.

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When you are done, exit the administrator by clicking on the cross in the upper right part of your screen.

7) Use Instagram as a photo editor (without having to post anything).

Love the filters and editing capabilities that Instagram has, but don’t necessarily want to post the photo to your account right now (or ever)? To use Instagram as a photo editor without posting anything, all you have to do is post a photo when your phone is in airplane mode.

First, make sure you have the “Save original photos” option enabled in your settings.

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Then, activate airplane mode, which you can do as follows:

  • To activate airplane mode on an iPhone / iPad: slide your finger from the bottom of the screen to the top of your device and click on the airplane icon. You can also do this by going to “Settings”, “Wi-Fi” and then activating the “Airplane mode” option.
  • To activate airplane mode on an Android device: slide your finger from the top of the screen. Then scroll from right to left until you get to “Settings” and enter that section. Select “Airplane mode” to activate that option.

Follow the normal steps to post a photo on Instagram: upload the photo, edit it, and click “Share.” A message will appear stating that there was an error uploading the photo, but you can find the edited image in your phone’s photo gallery.

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8) Insert line breaks in your bio and captions.

When you write a caption on Instagram, you will see that the keyboard does not give you the option to click the “Enter” or “Back” keys. The same goes for your bio. So how come people put line breaks in those places?

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It turns out that all you have to do is click on the «123» key in the lower left corner of the keyboard and the «Back» key will appear in the lower right, where it is normally found on the keyboard from your phone.

I know this advice sounds simple, but many people overlook it (I include myself in this group), until they find out that it is possible to do it. I have seen that there are more complex solutions to solve this problem, such as writing the caption text in another app and then being able to copy and paste it on Instagram. Luckily, it is much easier than many of us thought.

When writing captions on Instagram with line breaks, keep in mind that this platform recently started limiting them to just three lines without users having to click “More” to see the entire caption.

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9) Hide the photos in which you have been tagged.

When someone tags you in a photo or video on Instagram, they are automatically added to your profile in the “Photos you appear in” section, unless you choose to add the photo tags manually (see the next tip).

To see the posts in which you have been tagged: go to your own profile and click on the icon of the person in the lower right corner under your bio.

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To hide the posts in which you have been tagged from your profile: once you see the posts in which you were tagged, click on the ellipsis in the upper right corner of your screen and select “Hide Photos.” Then select the posts that you would like to remove from your profile. Once you have made your selection, click on the “Hide from profile” option at the bottom of your screen. When prompted, click “Hide from profile” again.

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This will not remove posts from Instagram, but it will remove them from your profile so that you and others cannot access them from there.

10) Adjust your settings to approve the photos you appear in before they appear on your profile.

Again, when someone tags you in a photo or video on Instagram, they are automatically added to your profile by default. But you can change this setting to manually select which photos you appear in you want to appear on your profile.

To add tags manually: go to your own profile and click the “Options” button (a gear icon on iPhone / iPad devices and ellipsis on Android). Select “Add manually”.

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When you choose to add photos to your profile manually, you will be notified when someone tags you in a photo.

To manually add a photo in which you appear to your profile: click on the photo in which you were tagged, then on your username and select “Show on my profile”. (If you don’t want to tag yourself, just choose the “Hide from my profile” option.

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11) Remove images from your photo map.

If this is the first time you’ve heard of the photo map, I’m about to show you something a little creepy. When you go to your profile and click on the “Locations” tab icon below your bio, a map will appear that groups the photos depending on where you posted them.

Next, you can see what the map looks like. As you will see, you can zoom in on the map to get a better idea of ​​the specific location where that photo was taken. Good grief, you can even see the street you posted it on.

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If this terrifies you, you can remove location data from some or all of your photos.

(Note: this is different than simply removing the geotag from an individual photo. By doing this we will be deleting all the location data that Instagram recorded and attached to a photo when captured it. If you geotagged the photo, then this geotag will also disappear. If you did not geotag the photo, it will still appear on the map if your phone settings allow Instagram to show your location, so this step will remove the rest of the data from location).

Luckily, Instagram doesn’t make you have to remove the location data from each photo individually. Instead, this platform allows you to delete the data from the photos in groups and from your map in the Instagram app.

To remove location data from photos: go to your profile and click on the location tab icon below your bio.

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From there you can see the map that groups the photos according to where you were when you published them. You can zoom in and out on different parts of the map to get the most specific locations for photos.

When you have defined which group of photos you would like to remove location data from, click “Edit” in the upper right corner of your map. As shown in the following screenshots, the photo numbers will be converted from blue (left image) to green (right image).

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Select a group of photos and click “Edit” in the drop-down menu that appears.

A new window will open showing the group of photos in one place. There you can unmark the photos that you would like to remove the location data from; either one by one or by clicking on the “Unmark all” button.

Once you’ve unchecked the posts you want, click “Done” at the top right of your screen. In the window that appears afterwards, click “Confirm”.

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Done! The location data will have been removed from those photos forever. (Note: when you delete your location data, it will be permanently deleted.)

(Additional note: the phrase ‘Remove 4 geotags?’ can get a bit confusing. Repeat, you are removing the location data from the photo. If you geotagged the photo then the geotag will be removed. If you didn’t geotag the photo, then you will delete the rest of the location data that was attached to that photo when you posted it. When you perform the procedure in this tip, any photos you uncheck will be permanently removed from your map).

12) Search for photos that have been taken in certain locations.

Something fun you can do on Instagram is look for photos that were taken in a specific location or near your current location. I like to do this when I’m in a particularly beautiful place or when I want to scroll through photos that were taken at a specific event or something like that.

Next, you will learn how to do both.

Find photos that were taken in a specific location:

You can search for a specific place or click on a geotag found on an existing photo.

To search for a specific place: click on the magnifying glass icon at the bottom of your home screen, which will bring up the general search page. When you click on the search bar at the top, four tabs will appear. Select “Places” and write the name of a place. When you click on the “Search” key, you will be able to see the featured and recent posts that were geotagged in that location.

To view photos that have certain geotags: go to the photo that is geotagged in that location, and then click the geotag. This will show you the featured and recent posts that were geotagged at that location.

Find photos that were taken near your current location:

Click on the magnifying glass icon at the bottom of your home screen, which will take you to the general search page. When you click on the search bar at the top, four tabs will appear. Select “Places” and click “Near Current Location”.

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Choose which geotag you would like to search for from the options that appear. Let’s say I choose to search for photos that have the HubSpot geotag. When I click on “HubSpot” in the menu, I will be able to see recent and featured posts that were geotagged with “HubSpot”.

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13) Drive traffic to an external website.

One of the biggest frustrations people have with Instagram (especially businesses), is that it is not the best platform to drive traffic from the app to a website, a Twitter page or elsewhere. Why? Because clickable URLs are not allowed, except in the “website” field found in your bio.

If you put a URL in a caption, it will appear as plain text, which means that users will have to carefully copy the URL and open a web browser to paste or type the text.

A stealthy way to get others to visit your Instagram profile, which is where that clickable URL is located, is to use your photo captions to invite people to visit your profile and click on that link. You can update that URL frequently to direct people to your latest blog, YouTube video, product, or offer.

Take a look at the following examples. In the image on the left side, the caption provides a call-to-action text to visit the user’s profile so that you can click on the link related to the post. In the image on the right side, you will see the link itself. Please update this link frequently to direct people to your latest content or offer.

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Image Credits: SmartInsights

14) Hide the ads if you think they are not relevant.

Instagram, like its parent company Facebook, tries to show ads that are interesting to you. You may see ads that are based on the people you follow and the things you like on Instagram, your information and interests on Facebook, the third-party websites and apps you visit.

However, if you see promoted posts that don’t seem relevant to you, you can let Instagram know and gradually teach its algorithm what you like to see and what you don’t.

To hide these ads on Instagram: click on the “Advertising” tag at the top right of any ad and select “Hide this”.

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Then, Instagram will ask you to tell it why you no longer want to see the ad.

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You can also choose not to see ads based on sites and apps that are external to Instagram and Facebook in your device settings. Take into account that even if you choose not to see these types of ads, you will still continue to see them depending on your activity on Instagram and Facebook.

  • To limit ad monitoring on an iPhone / iPad: go to “Settings”, select “Privacy”, then “Advertising” and select the option “Limit ad monitoring” .

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  • To disable interest-based ads on Android: go to “Google Settings” and then to “Ads”. From there, select the option to “Disable interest-based ads.”

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15) Send photos privately to your friends.

Sharing posts with all your followers or with the public is not the only way to share photos on Instagram. You can also share them with other users individually or in groups, as a Facebook message or text message.

You can send a new photo to your friends or send a photo that you or someone else has posted.

To send a new photo privately: upload a photo and start editing it as you would when editing a new post. When you get to the “Share with” page, select “Direct” at the top of your screen. From there you can select who you would like to send the photo to, either individually, in a new or existing group. When you click “Send”, a direct conversation with that person or group will start.

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You can access your direct messages at any time by clicking on the mailbox icon at the top of the home page.

To send a photo privately: first open the photo. It can be your own photo or someone else’s, as long as the user who posted the photo has a public account. Then click the curved arrow to the right of the “like” and “comment” icons below the photo. From there select who you would like to send the image to. If you want, you can add a message and then click “Send”.

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What other secret features of Instagram do you know? Share it with us in the comments.

Via: hubspot

Image courtesy of Shutterstock

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