Instagram Hacks: You probably didn't know!

For launching and growing a business Instagram is an essential communication tool to engage with your (future) costumers. To get your business a bigger piece of the action and make the most of your efforts we have summarised for your some little known features, tricks, and straight-up Instagram hacks.

GENERAL INSTAGRAM HACKS

1. Get notifications when your favorite accounts post new content

Want to make sure you don’t miss a single post from your favorite account? Turn on push notifications.

How to do it: 

  1. Visit the the profile page of the account you’d like to get notifications for
  2. Tap the three dots icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen
  3. Select Turn on Post Notifications

Note: If you’ve changed your mind, the option to turn off notifications lives in the same spot.

2. See activity for the accounts you follow

Want to know what the people you follow are doing on Instagram? To get a clear idea of what sorts of posts drive engagement, simply view the activity—including likes and comments—for the accounts you follow.

How to do it: 

  1. Tap on the heart icon in the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen to visit the activity tab
  2. The tab will default to You, simply select Following at the top of the screen

 3. Add and manage multiple accounts

Do you have more than one account on Instagram, perhaps one for your business and one for yourself? Are you sick of constantly logging in and out to post, engage, and browse content on different accounts?

Luckily there are not one but two solutions to this oh-so-common problem.

How to do it:

  1. Tap on the person icon at the bottom of the screen to visit your profile
  2. Tap the gear icon on iOS or the three dots on Android to go to Options
  3. Scroll to the bottom and select Add Account
  4. Enter the username and password for the second account you’d like to manage
  5. Once you’ve added a second (or third or fourth) account, the profile icon in the navigation bar will change from the silhouette of a person to your profile image
  6. To switch between accounts, simply long press your profile image in the navigation bar until a menu of your accounts appears
  7. Select your desired account, then snap, scroll, and like away

4. Delete comments

Did you know that, not only can you delete your own comments on Instagram, but that you can also delete comments other accounts have left on your posts?

You’re welcome.

How to delete your own comment: 

  1. Tap the speech bubble icon beneath the post you commented on
  2. Find the comment you’d like to delete
  3. Swipe to the left over the comment
  4. Tap the trash can icon

How to delete others’ comments on your posts:

  1. Tap the speech bubble icon beneath the post containing the comment you’d like to delete
  2. Swipe to the left over the comment
  3. A partial swipe will bring up a trio of options, allowing you to reply, flag, or delete a comment
  4. Tap the trash can icon—or continue swiping to the left—to delete the comment

5. Save posts where only you can see them 

Have you ever been scrolling through your feed and spotted something that you really, really wanted to save for later? Now you can.

Instagram has a little-known feature that lets you save posts to an area of your profile only you can see. It’s the perfect place to squirrel away inspiration or even save competitor posts you’d like to revisit.

How to do it: 

  1. Go to a post you’d like to save
  2. Tap the bookmark icon underneath the post on the right-hand side of the screen
  3. To see your saved posts, visit your profile and tap the matching bookmark icon (next to the Photos of You icon) to go the Saved tab.

PROFILE AND BIOS

6. Add line breaks in your bio to make it stand out

If you’d like to break up the block of text that is your bio, this hack is for you. Line breaks are a great way to include info in a visually appealing way.

How to do it on mobile: 

  1. Open up a notes app and write out your bio as you’d like it to appear, line breaks included
  2. Select all the text and choose Copy
  3. Open the Instagram app
  4. Tap the person icon to visit your profile
  5. Tap the Edit Profile button
  6. Paste the text from your notes app into the bio field
  7. Tap Done to save your changes

How to do it on desktop:

  1. Visit your Instagram profile on the web
  2. Select Edit Profile
  3. Space your bio as you’d like it to appear
  4. Click Submit to save your changes

PHOTO AND VIDEO SHARING

7. Make your captions more readable with line breaks

If your Instagram captions look more like novels than, well, captions, this trick for breaking them up might be for you.

How to do it: 

  1. Edit your photo and proceed to the caption screen
  2. Write your caption
  3. To access the Return key, tap the 123 key on your device’s keyboard
  4. Use Return to add breaks to your caption

Note: The breaks will start a new line, but not create the white space that you would see between two paragraphs. If you want a paragraph break, writing out your caption in a note app and copying it into Instagram will do the trick. To break up lines further, consider using punctuation, such as bullet points or dashes, to hold the place of an ‘empty’ line.

8. Upload or record a video with multiple scenes

Not every story can be told in a single scene. That’s where this hack for adding multiple video clips to your post—or recording a multi-clip video directly in Instagram—comes in handy.

How to upload a video with multiple clips: 

  1. Tap the + icon in the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen
  2. Select Library at the bottom of the screen to select a video to upload
  3. Tap Next at the top right of the screen, then Trim at the bottom
  4. Tap the + icon at the bottom of the screen to select additional video clips
  5. Tap Done
  6. Once you’ve selected your desired clips, you can tap clips to trim them or press and hold to reorder
  7. To delete a clip, drag it to the centre of the screen
  8. Finish your edits as usual and share your masterpiece

How to record a video with multiple clips:

  1. Tap the + icon at the bottom of the screen
  2. Tap Video
  3. Tap the circle icon to begin recording
  4. To take multiple clips, lift your finger off the circle icon to pause, then press and hold it when you want to begin recording again
  5. To delete a previous clip in your video, tap Delete, then tap again to confirm

9. Save drafts for later

You’ve snapped the perfect shot and edited it to perfection, but the perfect caption eludes you. At times like these, it’s handy to know that Instagram has added the ability for users to save posts as drafts. Once you’ve saved a post, it retains all of your edits (including whatever attempt you’ve made at a caption), until you’re ready to revisit it.

How to do it: 

  1. Tap the + at the bottom of the screen to shoot or upload a photo or video
  2. Edit the post as you like, adding filters, captions, tags, or a location
  3. Hit the < icon in the upper left-hand corner of the screen to go back to the editing screen
  4. Hit the < icon again
  5. A pop-up menu will appear, select Save Draft
  6. When you’re ready to continue with your edits and share your post, tap the + icon, then select Library
  7. A new DRAFTS section will now appear above CAMERA ROLL
  8. Tap your desired post, or select Manage to view all of your saved drafts
  9. Select a post, edit, and share as usual

Note: To delete a post from your saved posts, select Manage to go to Drafts, then tap Edit. Select the posts you’d like to get rid of and tap Discard Posts at the bottom of the screen, then tap again to confirm.

HASHTAGS

10. Easily research relevant hashtags for your posts

Some hashtags are obvious, while others require a little digging to find. Luckily, Instagram has a feature that can provide relevant suggestions for your posts.

How to do it: 

  1. Tap the magnifying glass icon to visit the Discover tab
  2. Type in a keyword to search hashtags
  3. Choose a hashtag from the list
  4. This will take you to a page of posts bearing that hashtag
  5. Above the MOST RECENT and TOP POSTS portions of the page, there appears a small bar labeled Related—next to this, Instagram will display a list of relevant hashtags that you can swipe through for inspiration (and further research).

11. Hide hashtags

Hashtags are a key feature of Instagram, fostering community and engagement. The only problem? A list of hashtags on every post can look a little… well, cluttered. And maybe a little needy. The good news is you can hide your hashtags to keep the focus on the content.

How to do it—method No. 1: 

  1. One easy way to hide your hashtags is to simply leave them out of your caption altogether and put them in a comment below your post
  2. Once you’ve got another comment, your hashtags will be safely hidden in the comments section


How to do it—method No. 2:

  1. Another method is to separate your hashtags from the rest of your caption by burying them beneath an avalanche of line breaks
  2. Simply tap the 123 key when composing a caption
  3. Select Return 
  4. Enter a piece of punctuation (whether a period, bullet, or dash), then hit Returnagain
  5. Repeat steps 2 to 4 at least five times
  6. Instagram hides captions after three lines, so your hashtags won’t be viewable unless your followers tap the more option on your post

INSTAGRAM STORIES

12. Record video hands-free

Some days holding down the button to continue recording video is an inconvenience you just don’t need. That’s why Instagram introduced hands-free video recording, which makes it even easier to do things like switch between your front and rear-facing cameras while recording (just tap the circular arrow icon).

How to do it:

  1. Swipe right from your home screen to go to the Instagram Stories camera
  2. Swipe through the options at the bottom of the screen—Normal, Boomerang, Hands-Free—to get to the hands-free recording option
  3. Tap the record button at the bottom of the screen to begin recording
  4. To stop recording, either let the maximum video recording time run out or tap the circle again

13. Change the color of individual letters or words in your text

Unlock your creative side with this colorful hack.

How to do it: 

  1. Swipe right from your home screen to go to the Instagram Stories camera
  2. Snap an image or record a video
  3. Tap the screen to add text OR tap the Aa icon in the upper right-hand corner
  4. Write your text as usual
  5. Press and hold on a word or individual letter to select and highlight
  6. Choose your desired color (either from the default or the full-spectrum color picker)
  7. Continue editing and share as usual

    14. Share Live Photos as Boomerangs

    It’s fairly widely known that you can share Boomerangs—those delightful GIF-like video loops—in Stories. But did you know that you can also create Boomerangs out of Live Photos? Welcome to the future.

    How to do it: 

    1. Take a Live Photo using your iOS device
    2. Open Instagram and swipe right from your home screen to go to the Instagram Stories camera
    3. Swipe up to access your camera roll
    4. Select your Live Photo
    5. Press firmly on the screen to activate the 3D Touch feature
    6. A loading wheel and the word Boomerang will appear and then your Live Photo will begin looping as a Boomerang
    7. Share your Instagram Story

    Note: As with any content posted to Stories from your camera roll, this feature is only available for photos taken in the past 24 hours.

    15. Share your Story to your profile

    If your Story’s 🔥 and you want everyone to see it—regardless of whether they’ve logged on while it’s live—then you may want to consider sharing it to your main Instagram profile so that it appears in your feed

    How to do it: 

    1. Open your Story
    2. Tap the three dots icon in the bottom right corner of the photo or video you’d like to share
    3. Tap Share as Post
    4. Edit—add filters, tags, a caption, etc.—and post as you normally would

    16. Find out how your Story’s performing

    Want to know how your Story’s doing? Check out this little-known feature to find out who’s watched it.

    How to do it: 

    1. Open your Story
    2. Swipe up on the screen
    3. Instagram will display the number as well as the names of people who have seen each photo or video in your Story

    17. Zoom in and out on videos with a single finger

    Sometimes you want to add a little filmmaking flair to your Story.

    How to do it: 

    1. Swipe right to open the Instagram Stories camera
    2. Hold down the capture button with one finger to begin recording video
    3. Slide up or down with the same finger to zoom in or out

    We hope that these hacks are helpful and will boost your Instagram performance to a whole new level. To read the full article of 44 tricks click here


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