OK, it’s not as if it’s our first time here, but even if you’re completely new to Instagram, it’s easy enough to use that you don’t need a full guide. However, the Gadgets team is made up of incredibly lovely people (and modest), so behold 5 tips and tricks to instantly improve your Insta experience.
Restrictions in place
Instagram has a “restrict” option, which means you can limit someone’s ability to see whether or not you’re online or if you’ve seen their messages. If they comment on a photo of yours, that comment will only be visible to them, and you won’t receive any notifications from this person.
To do this, open the profile you want to restrict and tap on the three-dot menu in the top-right corner. Tap “Restrict” and follow the prompts. Of course, lest we forget, there’s always the block option to get rid of this person entirely.
Each Instagrammer has their favourite filter, or filters, and you can actually place it/them at the top. When you’re about to post an image and you’re in the process of selecting a filter, just press, hold, drag and drop. Neat.
Order, sweet order
Apart from filters, you can also organise your saved stuff. Although the default is that everything is dumped into “All Posts”, you can create collection folders and neatly organise them accordingly.
When you save content on Instagram, only you can see you’ve saved it, and it goes straight into your Saved area. By default, everything you save gets lumped into the “All Posts” folder. Just head to your profile, tap the three lines menu, and then on “Saved”. Tap the plus button and give your new folder a name before adding the posts you want to it.
Got a comment from someone you’ve got mad respect for? Pin it to the top of the comments section! Just swipe left on the comment you want to pin and tap the pin icon. The comment author will also get a notification about your little gesture.
Reel ’em in
If you were just scrolling through Reels and thought “wow, that’s such a catchy tune!” All you need to do is keep your eyes peeled for the scrolling audio info at the bottom of the screen, and click on it. You can then save the audio to use on your own Reels.
So, will you be using these little tricks? Share them with your Insta crew!