Instagram is generally seen as a mobile-first platform and rightly so. However, for some time, the company has been working on a lot of features for its desktop version. There is a dedicated Instagram app on Microsoft Store, a solid PWA on the web and more. Not to mention, you get all the major features like Direct Message and the ability to publish photos and videos right from your computer. So I would recommend you try out Instagram on your desktop and see whether it provides you a different perspective on the bigger screen. You can go through our detailed article on how to use Instagram on desktop computers.
Instagram has finally brought the ability to add music to stories. Earlier, it was restricted to select few countries, but now it’s available in India and many other regions. You can add background music on a series of images and videos, put music stickers and also publish stories in the dedicated Music mode. When it was launched in India in September last year, the music library was very limited. However, by now, Instagram has got many popular tracks from both regional and international studios so that is pretty good.
Nametag is a sophisticated way to share your Instagram profile using funny emojis, selfie stickers, funky colors and more. You can also scan the Nametag of other users on the Instagram app to directly visit their profile page. You can find the Nametag option in the “Profile” page under the hamburger menu.
While Instagram has the option to share posts as stories, now the company has also added an option to share stories as posts. But the tricky part is that you won’t find this option in the highlight section. To share stories as post, go to the Profile page and tap on the hamburger menu on the top-right corner. Here, open “Archive” and select your story. Now, tap on the 3-dot menu on the bottom-right corner and finally select “Share as Post”. That’s how you share your stories as posts.
Instagram has finally brought the feature to group unfollow users with whom you have the least interaction. In addition, you can also remove users whom you have not followed back. You can find the dedicated settings page in your Profile. Here, tap on “Following” and you will get the “Least interacted with” option. Next, switch to the “Followers” tab and you will find “Accounts you don’t follow back” option. Now, go on an unfollowing spree.
While you can share your Instagram posts on Facebook by just linking your account, recently, Instagram introduced story sharing which allows you to share your Instagram Story as Facebook Story. It will make things much easier for users who have to post twice on both platforms. To find the dedicated settings, swipe right and go to the Story page. Here, tap on the cogwheel icon at the top-left corner and scroll down to the bottom. Here, enable the toggle for “Share your story to Facebook”. That’s it.
If I have to give you one tip on maintaining your mental health while using Instagram then it would be to take advantage of the new Restrict feature. The company has brought this feature to curb bullying and harassment by not-so-close-friends, acquaintances and strangers. While you can use the Block feature to silence a stranger, it’s hard for an individual to block someone they know, like friends and acquaintances. So with Restrict feature, you can simply choose to not listen to your bullies. They can comment on your posts, message you, tag you in photos, but none of it will make it to your notification log. You won’t be alerted by their activity whatsoever and it will be kept hidden from your timeline, stories, basically everywhere on Instagram. To use this feature, just open the profile that you want to restrict and tap on the 3-dot menu on the top-right corner. Here, tap on “Restrict” and you are done.
Social media has many ways of shaming us and one of the biggest tools in its arsenal is the tagged photo feature. Your friends can tag you in embarrassing photos which you might not want anyone else to see. That’s why it’s better to untag yourself from those photos. However, untagging might be harder than you think. To untag yourself, first, you will have to open your profile page and then tap on the Your Photos button. Now tap on the photo you want to untag yourself from and tap again to reveal your username. Now, tap on the username and then you will get the option to untag yourself. Here all you need to do is to select the “Remove Tag” option and you will be untagged for the picture.
This is a really handy feature if you never want to miss posts from certain specific users. When you allow post notifications for specific users, every time they post, you will get a notification on your app. To do this, just visit a user’s profile and tap on the three-dot menu. Here select the “Turn On Post Notification” option and you are done.
Instagram has a very nifty feature called Instagram Business which once activated not only gives your free insights into your accounts analytics but also allows you to add direct call and email buttons, promote your posts, and more. To do that, just go to Profile -> Options and then tap on the “Switch to Business” option. Here, follow the steps to activate your business account which will give you access to all the above-mentioned features.