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23 Most Awesome Instagram Tricks

Last Updated on May 3, 2021 by The Soft Best

Most Awesome Instagram Tricks: Instagram started as a place to hang your photos to share with the world, and over time, it has grown to become a complete social network and messaging tool. Instagram does not stop evolving, and therefore, it is difficult to keep abreast of all the tools and options available.

Instagram Tricks

23 Most Awesome Instagram Tricks

In this article, we collect several semi-hidden Instagram Tricks, not too well-known functions, tricks, and privacy settings of Instagram so that you can master this application and get the most out of it.

1. Archive photos to hide them

You will want to do some cleaning on your Instagram account from time to time, removing from the public eye publications that are no longer relevant or that you no longer find very funny. Instead of deleting them forever, you can hide them by filing them. You can continue to see them and, if you change your mind, you can always show them again on your profile.

  • Tap on the three dots button on the post you want to hide
  • Choose Archive

2. Save photos to “albums”

Instagram does not have actual albums, but it does have something similar: collections. A collection can contain both your own and other people’s publications, which are kept in order so that you can refer to them later.

  • Tap on the bookmark icon on the post you want to save (it doesn’t have to be from you)
  • Tap on Save to Collection
  • Choose a name for your collection

3. Block offensive comments

Instagram, like any other social network, can be a pretty toxic place. Fortunately, recently, several tools have been added to control what comments you receive on Instagram and to be able to block certain words. If someone tries to add a comment that includes one of these words, the comment is automatically hidden.

  • In Instagram settings, tap on Privacy.
  • Enter Comments.
  • Turn on hiding offensive comments.
  • Turn on Filter’s most reported words.
  • Activate Manual Filter.
  • Add words below that you want to be banned in the comments of your posts. Comments that include them will not be displayed.

4. Silence someone while still following them

Not everyone you follow is equally important. If you have a friend on Instagram who’s hanging around with the beach photos and would like to stop looking at them for a while, you can mute them. To know more you may see Best Instagram Unfollow Apps That Still Work

When you mute someone, their posts are not shown to you in the bio, although the other person has no way of knowing.

  • Tap on the three dots button on a post from the account you want to mute.
  • Tap on Mute

5. Avoid being tagged

If you want to prevent other people from tagging you in Instagram posts, you can change it from the application settings. There you can configure manual tag approval, which means that you will not be tagged automatically, but you will have to approve each tag before it is made public.

  • In the Instagram settings, go to Privacy.
  • Tap on Tags.
  • Turn on Approve labels manually.
  • Press Activate.

6. Hide if you are connected or not

Another privacy option that is interesting to know on Instagram is the activity status, which tells other people if you are connected or not and what time you last connected. You can deactivate it from the privacy settings of Instagram.

  • In the Instagram settings, go to Privacy.
  • Tap on Activity Status.
  • Turn off Show Activity Status.

7. Share your contact card

Instagram accounts can have really cryptic names, but there is an easier way to share your account: with an ID card. It is something like a QR code for your account, which you can personalize with your photo or emojis.

  • Open your profile.
  • Tap on the button with the three horizontal stripes.
  • Tap on ID Card.
  • If you want, customize the look of your ID card with a selfie or emojis.

8. Follow hashtags

In addition to being able to follow personal and company accounts on Instagram, you can also follow hashtags so that you will see in your biography a medley of publications from various accounts that use Instagram.

  • Tap on the magnifying glass icon to do a search
  • Find the topic you want to follow.
  • Tap on the hashtags tab
  • Tap on the hashtag you want to follow.
  • In the hashtag preview, tap Follow.

9. Save a draft for later

If you start creating a post on Instagram and don’t have time to finish choosing the Filter and description, there is no problem. Going back, the application will ask you if you want to save the draft to continue later. You can access this draft later to pick up where you left off.

  • Create your post as usual
  • When you want to save the draft, press back
  • Press Save draft

10. See who has accessed your account

Do you think someone is accessing your Instagram account? The good news is that Instagram takes good note of each login, and you can check them from a special page. It indicates the location from which the session was started, the IP address, and the device.

  • Check Instagram logins
  • If you find any suspicious, check it was not me and change your password.
  • You can close the session that you have left open on other devices.

11. Share video without sound

It is one of the most basic Instagram tricks and yet one of the most useful. When sharing videos in an Instagram Story, we sometimes forget that the audio is also included, but only if we want to. Tapping the speaker button mutes the post.

12. Record without pressing the button

The classic way to record video in Instagram stories is to keep the shutter button pressed, but this is not mandatory if you switch to hands-free mode, one-touch start recording, and one-touch stops recording.

  • Change the mode to Hands-free.
  • Tap the button once to start recording

13. Share a story as a post

If you have created such a work of art in an Instagram story that you would like to re-share it as a regular post, the good news is that Instagram allows you to do it directly from the context menu, without cheating or cardboard.

  • Tap on the three dots button on your Instagram story
  • Tap on Share as post
  • Choose the frame and continue as any normal post.

14. Share a post as a story

Just the opposite is also possible. If you see a post on Instagram that you would like to add to a story, click on the submit button to be able to post it to a story. This also works for other people’s posts.

  • Tap the submit button on a post
  • Choose Add post to your story.

15. Paint the entire screen in one color

A curious trick of Instagram is the possibility of painting the background color of a story complete with a long touch. If you do this touch with the brush tool, the color is solid. If it’s the underline tool, the color is translucent.

  • Create a new story and take any photo
  • Tap the button to draw
  • Choose the paint tool
  • Do a long touch anywhere.
  • If you want to add a translucent color, choose the underline tool and do the long touch.

16. Use custom colors

Speaking of colors, Instagram presents you with an excellent series of default colors out of the box for the various drawing tools, but you can use any custom color. To do this, make a long touch on one of the colors, and the entire palette will open.

  • Do a long tap on any of the preset colors.
  • Choose the color you want from the full-color palette shown.

17. Create arrows

Creating arrows can be a hassle, but we often forget that Instagram includes its own tool for drawing arrows. Basically, every stroke you make is crowned by an arrowhead.

  • Tap the button to draw
  • Choose the arrow tool
  • Make a stroke and it will end with an arrowhead.

18. Rescue your old stories from oblivion

Instagram stories are no longer visible 24 hours after they are published, although they are not completely removed. You can continue to consult them from the file menu, and you can republish or highlight them on your profile.

  • Open your profile on Instagram.
  • Open the side panel by tapping on the button with the three horizontal lines.
  • Go to Archive
  • Switch to Story Archive
  • Tap on the story you want to see or share again.

19. Share songs from Spotify

Besides being able to add song fragments to Instagram stories, you can also share your favorite song directly from Spotify. Whoever visits your story will be able to play and open that song on Spotify.

  • On Spotify, please tap on the song you want to share and open its context menu.
  • Choose Share
  • Tap on Instagram Stories

20. Hide your stories from some people

Instagram stories are generally visible to the same people who can see your profile, but you can further restrict them from their privacy settings. There you can, among other things, hide your Instagram stories from certain people or limit who can reply with messages.

  • In the Instagram settings, go to Privacy.
  • Tap on History
  • In the Hide story to section, tap on the number of people.
  • Add to the list the accounts that you want not to see your stories.

21. Put photos over photos in a story

A curious editing tool for Instagram stories is the camera sticker. With this sticker, you can take photos that are put on top of another photo or video, and you can add as many as you want. The limit is your creativity.

  • Add the first photo to the story.
  • Tap on the button to add stickers
  • Choose the camera sticker.
  • Take a photo with the mobile camera.
  • You can tap on the floating photo to change the design.

22. Create a collage

If you want to post a collage as Story on Instagram, you don’t need any additional pic collage app. Instead, switch to Layout mode, choose the grid you like best, and then frame a photo using the camera or uploading photos to Instagram from your gallery.

  • Change the mode to Design.
  • Choose the grid that you like the most.
  • Take photos with the camera or import them from the mobile gallery.

23. Add more filters to Instagram Stories

Instagram stories come with a lot of filters and effects, but the ones that appear for you to select from are just the tip of the iceberg. You will find hundreds of filters created by users in the filter search engine for all tastes.

  • Choose any effect from Instagram.
  • Tap on the arrow to display information about the effect
  • Press Browse Effects
  • Check the categories, test, and add effects to Instagram.