Instagram Tricks: the best tips to become an expert instagrammer

The impact of social networks on a cultural, communicational, and social scope is undeniable. But the way which we consume them has gradually changed over time. Facebook and Twitter still have plenty of fans but they are no longer the highly-dominating platforms they used to be. Now there are many more agents on the market and new generations are turning towards much more visual networks that offer a prevailing place for photos and videos.

Replacing Snapchat, the social network that’s the in-thing amongst youngsters and not so youngsters is definitely Instagram, with a special mention to the uprising TikTok. Created in October 2010 by the engineers Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, it soon became one of the most popular photo editing, enhancement and sharing platforms, drawing the attention of Mark Zuckerberg who ended up purchasing it only two years later. Ever since, it has grown exponentially, reaching in 2018 the billion monthly active user mark, with over 100 million new photos and videos published on a daily basis.

At a first glance, there’s not much mystery to it as it seems just like any other social platform: we can follow other accounts, receive followers if our profile is public, and upload pics and videos to the platform, editing the images with all sorts of filters and enhancement tools, as well as being able to geotag our posts and mention other users in them. But it also includes loads of other additional functions and features that require a decent user manual like this one if we want to master them.

For such purpose, we’ve drawn up this complete guide of tips and tricks with best advice to go far on this social network. Whether you’re new on this platform or a millennial with experience in this kind of applications, here you’ll find a tutorial with everything you need to know to become an expert. From the basics such as understanding what this social network is, what’s it for, how to link it and sync it to other platforms and which filters to use to be successful, to more advanced and somewhat shady tips such as teaching you to download photos and videos from this site or gain new followers.

We’ll put our emphasis on privacy and security issues so that only the people of your choice can access your publications, teaching you how to block and unblock other users, find out who has seen your pics or videos, enable the incognito mode, activate two-step authentication, disable your activity status, view which apps can access your Instagram, and even delete your account if you end up getting fed up.

Furthermore, we’ll answer all the doubts and most frequently asked questions about one of the application’s core features: its Stories. Thus, you’ll become an expert in this functionality, learning how to mute them, ask and answer questions in them, add music and images, change the background, repost them and even find out who’s viewed yours. We’ll also pay attention to all the new features introduced in the latest updates to explain to you how they work. In any case, if you’ve got any other doubts about Instagram, don’t hesitate to send us your queries.

How to share Instagram stories only with your close friends

To be able to share Instagram stories only with your close friends, you have to follow all these steps:

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How to know if you've been added to a close friends list on Instagram

There’s no way of knowing if we’ve been added to someone else’s a close friends list on Instagram, at least for the time being, because the app doesn’t send any kind of notifications to those users that are added or removed from these lists. However, there is a way of knowing if we’re on a list because when a contact publishes a photo, story or video, we’ll see a green outline surrounding the post in question which means that we’re part of the select group of people capable of viewing that publication. In any case, we won’t be able to know when we were added.

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How to add users to your close friends list on Instagram

To create a list with your best friends on Instagram, you have to follow these steps from the application:

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How to send voice messages with Instagram

Instagram now allows us to send voice notes. For such purpose, we only have to follow these simple steps:

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What are Instagram Stories and what are they for?

Instagram Stories is a function available on this social network that allows us to publish short videos and images that are shared for ephemerally for a specific period of time with our followers. The latter don’t appear on our timeline but on a dedicated section for this kind of content that we can find on the upper part of the app’s interface.

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Which are the best Instagram filters

It’s hard to agree on which are the best Instagram filters that can be applied to our photos as it all depends on our preferences and tastes. However, different photography experts do prefer certain filters rather than others, being the following some of the most usual choices amongst the most experienced users of this app:

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How long do Instagram Stories last?

Instagram Stories last for 24 hours, after that they disappear. In other words, any video or image shared on our profile by means of this function will be available for 24 hours. However, you probably already know that we can upload different elements and contents to the same Story and we don’t necessarily need to do so all at the same time, therefore, we can update our publication several times. Each update, although part of the same Story, will also be available for 24 hours. So, if we publish something new on our Story two hours after our first post, the latter will also disappear two hours after our first post disappears.

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How to use two Instagram accounts at once on the same phone

To be able to use two Instagram accounts at once on the same phone, we have to carry out the following procedure:

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How to link Instagram to Facebook

If you want to connect your Instagram account to your Facebook account so that your posts also appear on your FB timeline, you only have to follow a simple process, the steps of which are described below:

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How to answer Questions on Instagram Stories with a video

To reply to someone’s story with a video, the procedure is very similar to doing so with a message or a picture. We simply have to follow these steps:

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How to know who has unfollowed you on Instagram

Instagram doesn’t incorporate a specific function to know who has unfollowed you, so we have to resort to two different methods to find out this information, one of which is much more sophisticated and recommendable than the other:

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How to know who has seen your Instagram Stories

It’s very easy to know who has seen your Instagram Stories. For such purpose, we only have to open our Story and swipe our finger upwards across the screen. At that precise moment, an options menu will appear offering us a list of users that have seen our post at the bottom of that menu. This information can only be viewed by the user that has published the story, remaining hidden for the rest of followers.

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How to mute the Instagram Stories of a contact

To be able to disable or mute the stories of a user, we have to follow these steps:

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How to sync Instagram and Facebook Messenger

To synchronize your Instagram and Facebook Messenger contacts, you’ll have to follow a process identical to syncing them with your Facebook friends. In other words, you’ll have to pay attention to the following steps:

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How to change the background in Instagram Stories to answer questions

The truth is that this option is available for other stories as well not only for questions. If you want to change the background, you have to follow these steps:

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How to turn on the incognito mode in Instagram

The Instagram app doesn’t have a real incognito mode but it allows us to carry out a few settings that allow us to use the application more privately. We simply have to follow these steps:

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How to turn off the activity status in Instagram

In Instagram we’ve got the possibility to decide whether we want to show our activity status or not within our direct message section. To turn this option off, we simply have to follow this list of steps:

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How to remove followers from Instagram

How to remove followers from Instagram has to do with blocking them. To block a follower on Instagram for Android, we have to follow these simple steps:

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How to promote your business on Instagram

There’s no such thing as a scientific or exact method to promote a business on Instagram but there are a series of steps that we can take into account if we want to focus our account on this social network towards business purposes. These are the things we can do:

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How to enable two-factor authentication on Instagram

To be able to enable two-factor authentication on Instagram, you have to follow these simple instructions:

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How to create collections on Instagram

To be able to create a collection on Instagram, you have to follow these simple steps:

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How to unblock someone on Instagram

We might have mistakenly blocked another user and we may want to undo that action so that that person can access our publications. If so, we’ll have to follow these simple steps:

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How to get your Instagram account verified

If you’re a brand, a well-known celebrity or you’ve got an account with a huge number of followers, you’ll be able to get your Instagram account verified without any trouble. However, you should know that you can get your verification badge following this process:

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How to view which apps con access your Instagram

To be able to view which applications can access our Instagram account, we have to access the web version of the social platform as this data can’t be checked from the mobile app for Android or iOS. For such purpose, we’ll have to carry out this process:

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How to know if our Questions are answered on Instagram Stories

The new Questions function in Instagram not only allows to know if someone has answered our questions in Stories, but also who has answered them and what they’ve answered. Let’s see how because there are two methods:

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How to ask questions on Instagram Stories

To be able to ask open-ended questions, and not only polls, on Instagram Stories, we have to carry out the following procedure:

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How to block someone on Instagram

Blocking someone on Instagram is really easy and to do so you only need to follow the steps described below:

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How to get more followers on Instagram

There are several ways of getting more followers on Instagram. You can resort to any of them separately or all at once:

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How to download photos from Instagram

You might want to download your own photos or the pics of other users. In the case of wanting to download your own pictures, you can now make use of the new GDPR validated by the European Union that forces companies of the likes of Instagram to provide a method to download our data from them. And those data include the images we share. In that case, we have to follow these steps:

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How to find out who has viewed your Instagram pictures

We have to be honest: there’s no way to know who has seen the pictures of your Instagram profile. Just like there's no way to know who has visited your Twitter or Facebook profile unless they interact with you such as regramming, liking or commenting a photo.

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How to upload videos to Instagram

Instagram allows us to upload and share videos with a length of up to 1 minute. However, for such purpose, you have to make sure that you’ve got the latest version of the app. You simply have to complete the following steps to publish them on your user profile:

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How to use Instagram

To be able to use Instagram, we simply have to follow these steps:

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What happens if I block someone on Instagram

If you block a user, that person will no longer be able to see any of your publications. As you should know, if your account is public, anyone that’s not on your contact list can view your photos, like them, and publish comments.

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What is Instagram and what's it for?

It’s a social network that revolves around the publication of photos and videos. Users can share them from their profile and the rest of users can comment on them and like them. Having a registered account also allows you to follow other accounts and tag other users in your publications.

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What is DM on Instagram

DM on Instagram stands for Direct Message. In other words, it’s the direct and private messaging service integrated into the application. It allows us to send messages to one or more people (as well as receiving messages) and include the following elements:

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How to delete an account from Instagram

To be able to remove an account from Instagram, we must remember our username or the email address that we used to sign up. Otherwise, it will be impossible to delete our account. Once you know these details, you only have to carry out the following steps:

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How to add music to Instagram Stories

To be able to add music to our Instagram Stories, we have follow these simple steps:

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How to post photos from Instagram to Stories

To be able to post photos to Stories from Instagram, we simply have to follow these steps:

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How to repost on Instagram

An action that is so simple on other social networks of the likes of Facebook and Twitter, such as reposting publications by other users, on Instagram it isn’t easy at all. To be able to regram or repost on Instagram, we have to resort to some sort of complementary application.

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How to repost Instagram Stories

You might have come across Stories of other Instagram users that you’d have loved to share on your profile. Well, to do so you only have to follow these 5 steps:

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November 23, 2018