A Few Instagram Tricks You Probably Didn't Know About

Over the past couple of years, Instagram has undergone a lot of changes and it is unarguably one of the most famous social networks today. Most recently, Instagram introduced the Stories feature similar to that of Snapchat and this has totally changed the way users publish and share content as well as engage with followers.

Instagram is no longer the small app used to share pictures with vintage filters. Instagram now has several nice hidden features which may not be easy to discover when casually using the app. You can follow the link to find out more about instagram. .


Discussed below is how you can make the most of these awesome features


Automatically Filter Comments

It is true and widely known that there is the issue of trolling on Instagram. For instance, check the post of a user that has over 5,000 followers and its almost guaranteed that you'll see at least one mean and inappropriate comment.

You can now hide inappropriate comments on Instagram by filtering out some customizable keywords. If you want to use this feature, go to your profile and tap user settings then scroll down and click the "Comments" option under the Settings. To do this, go to the profile of the particular user and click on the 3 dots shown in the upper corner. Tap "Turn on Post Notifications".

Sort Out Your Filters To Put Your Most-Used Ones First

There are currently 23 filters to select from on Instagram. A lot of Instagram users favor only a couple, and scrolling through the whole filters to locate your favorite one is usually frustrating when you are in a hurry to post a content.

You can arrange your filters so you first see the filters you use the most on the filter selection menu. To do this, click on the "Manage" box at the end of the Instagram filter menu. You can uncheck certain filters to hide them altogether. You can also drag your favorite ones to the top. Go to your profile then tap on user settings. Under the Account options, choose "Switch to Business Profile".

Pause, Fast Forward, Rewind and Skip Through Instagram Stories
Instagram stories are still a new feature, and similar to Snapchat, they run for only a few seconds. You could miss the content of a story if you get distracted or lose concentration for a second while watching it. However, there are some things you can do to re-watch a story from the beginning again. If you want to pause a story, simply tap and hold. To rewind, tap the screen's top left (just below the username and profile photo of the user). To fast forward through multiple stories of a single user, simply tap the screen. If you want to skip the whole stories of a certain user, just swipe left.   

Hide Your Instagram Stories From Certain Users

If you don't want some users to see your stories, you need to change your Story Setting. If your account is public, even if some people don't follow you, anyone can view your stories by going to your profile and tapping on your profile photo. Additionally, there may be a few followers who you don't mind them seeing your normal posts but don't want to allow them view your stories. If you don't want some people to see your stories anymore, enter their usernames in your Story Settings. Another way to hide your stories from a certain user is to visit their profile and tap on the 3 dots. A menu will be displayed, tap on the "Hide Your Story" option.


Use The Instagram App To Open Layout Or Boomerang

Layout and Boomerang are Instagram apps that are used to enhance photos for post. You can download both apps for free. Layout allows you combine many photos into one post as a collage. Boomerang on the other hand allows you create a quick GIF-like post with subtle, short movements. It however has no sound.

You can access the two apps from within Instagram if you have previously downloaded them on your device. When you want to upload a video or photo using Instagram's Camera tab, look for the small Layout icon (it looks like a collage) and the Boomerang icon (it resembles an infinity sign). You will be taken to whichever of those apps you tap straight away.

Turn on post Notifications To See Posts From Certain Users

Recently, Instagram made some changes to the main feed so the posts are no longer shown in the order of the time they were posted. This was done to give users a more personalized experience. A lot of users reacted to this by telling their Instagram followers to turn on post notification. If Instagram doesn't show you the posts of a user you'd like to see on your feed, you can do something about it so you'd be notified each time they make a post so you don't miss anything. Anytime you like, you can go back and turn them off.

Switch To A Business Profile From A Personal Profile

Similar to Facebook, there are now Instagram profiles for businesses with the aim of marketing and engaging with their audience. If you are already marketing your organization or business with a normal Instagram profile, there's no need for you to create a new account -- it can be changed into a business account immediately. A contact button will be displayed at the top of your business account profile. It will allow you check analytics so you'll see how effective your Instagram marketing really is.