10 Cool Instagram App Tips and Tricks You Should Try

Since its launch, Instagram has become the biggest photo-sharing social media service on the planet. One of the biggest reasons behind the success of Instagram over its competitors was the fact that it was extremely easy to use. However, as it always happens with any service, to stay ahead of its competition, Instagram had to keep on adding new features that have made the service a bit complex over the years. What that means is that many of Instagram’s cool powers are hidden and most users have no idea how to access them. Well, we want to change that for our readers, as we bring the 25 cool Instagram tips and tricks that you all should definitely know in 2020.


1. Post Instagram Photos Directly to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and, More.

If you are someone who is posting the same picture on Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, or any other social media website for that matter, instead of posting pictures on each website individually, you can set up your Instagram in such a the way that whenever you post a picture on Instagram, that picture is automatically posted on all your other social media accounts.



To do that, all you need to do is go to Profile -> Options -> Linked Accounts, and link your social media accounts. From next time, whenever you post a photo on Instagram, you can select the social media platforms on which you want to share that photo, just as shown in the picture below.

2. Disable Activity Status for Direct Messages


Some time back, Instagram added a new activity status feature which allows users to see when you were last online inside Instagram’s Direct Messaging or DM. The feature is quite similar to WhatsApp’s last seen feature and allows users to see when you were last online.

However, if you are like me and hate this feature, thankfully there is a way to turn it off. All you need to is go to Profile -> Options -> Show Activity Status and disable it. However, remember that just like on WhatsApp, it’s a two-way street. If you don’t want others to see your activity status and disable this option, you also won’t be able to see anyone else’s activity status.

3. Add Unique Fonts to Your Instagram Bio.

Maintaining a well-updated Instagram bio is the key to make your profile stand out. Of course, you can always add things like emojis, links to your work samples, etc. to give people a bit more information about you. But did you know that you can use some unique and cool fonts to make your profile look better?

The easiest way to do that is by using websites that customize the texts for you. Here’s how you can do that –

Step 1: Open the web browser on your mobile and go to the website called LingoJam.

Step 2: As soon as you open the site, you’ll see a text box where you can enter your desired text.



Step 3: The same bio text in different typefaces appears in the other text box.


Step 4: Now, you can simply copy the text and paste it into the “Bio” section of your profile to give your profile a unique look.

4. Schedule Posts

This particular feature is only available for business profiles, but you can easily change your personal profile to a business one with just a couple of steps. You can do so by going to the options page on Instagram and tapping on the “Switch to Business Account” option. Here, you’ll be asked to connect your Facebook page and once you do that, you will have successfully changed to a business account and get features like analytics, promotion, and more.


Once you’ve switched to a business account, you can use an Instagram scheduling tool like Hootsuite to schedule your posts. Hootsuite is one of the most popular social media platforms out there, and it makes managing your Instagram business profile very simple. The options are pretty straightforward when it comes to using tools like Hootsuite, and in the free plan, you’ll get the ability to add up to 3 social media accounts and schedule up to 30 posts at a time.


Hootsuite’s subscription starts at ₹1,260/ month for a professional account and you can choose to splurge all the way up to ₹45,000/ month for a business account with which you can manage 20 social profiles, unlimited scheduling and more. You can also, check out some other social media management tools like Buffer.


5. Story Highlights and Story Archives

We all know that Instagram Stories by design are ephemeral in nature. However, in December 2017, Instagram introduced a new feature that automatically archives all your Stories after they expire. To access all your archived Stories, just tap on the Profile button and then tap on the Archive button present at the top of the page (marked in the picture). Here you can access all your expired stories which you can view or share as a new story if you want to.

With Story Archives, Instagram also introduced a new Story Highlights feature which allows a user to share their most important stories on their profile page. To create a Story Highlight, visit the Profile page and then tap on the New Story Highlight button. Here, you will get an option to select Stories from your Stories Archives, which you can share on your profile. Remember that Stories Highlights are not removed after 24 hours and you will have to manually remove them.

6. Creating a collection of your favorite posts

As you may or may not know, Instagram already lets you save or bookmark your favorite posts. But did you know that you can create a collection of those posts? Yes, here’s how you can do it –

Step 1: Tap on your profile and hit the hamburger menu icon on the top-right corner to see an option called saved.


Step 2: Now, you can hit the “+” button to create a new collection where you can add photos from the ones that you’ve already saved

Step 3: You can now go back to your saved photos by following the same steps any time and add them to your library with just a tap of a button. Easy, right?

7. Hide Stories from Users.

One nifty feature that Instagram introduced for Instagram Stories is the ability to hide them from certain users. If there are users who follow you but you don’t want them to see your Stories, you can do that by opening their profile and then tapping on the three-dot menu and selecting the “Hide Your Story” option.


8. Enable Two-Factor Authentication on Instagram

As a safe online practice, you should enable two-factor authentication on Instagram and other social media platforms. It will require a user to go through a second authentication method while logging into the Instagram account– either through a one-time verification code, authentication app or a backup code.

In case of a data leak, the two-factor authentication will act as a shield to your Instagram account. So to enable it, open the Profile section and move to Settings under the hamburger menu. After that, tap on “Security” and choose the Two-factor authentication option. Next, tap on “Get Started” and then choose your desired security method. 

That’s it. For more detailed instructions, head over to our dedicated article on how to enable Two-Factor Authentication on Instagram.


9. Saving Instagram Stories

If you have been using Instagram for a while, you know that the service doesn’t allow you to save Stories or even take screenshots without notifying the user.

However, there’s a workaround that you can use to save Stories from Instagram easily. To do that on your Android device, first, download the Story Saver for Instagram, and then login with your account.

Now, the app will show all the Stories which is present on your profile and you can tap on anyone to download them.


For iOS devices, the process is a little bit different. First, you will need to download the Story Reposter app on iTunes. The app allows you to search for users by their Instagram username and then download any story which is active on their profile.

10. Share Links on Instagram Stories.

Instagram also allows users to share links inside their Stories which comes in handy if you are promoting any product or services. That said, this feature is only available for verified business users right now. If you are one, you can add the link by tapping on the link button after recording your Story.



FINAL WORDS

These were all the must-know Instagram Tricks. I hope you liked to know them. If you know about some more Instagram tricks, make sure you inform me about them using the comment box. So, I can update my readers too. Also, for any queries, or suggestions related to this post, feel free to catch up with me in the
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