Instagram has introduced a Story camera lock screen widget for its iOS app, allowing users to access the camera directly from their lock screen. This new feature, similar to Snapchat's camera widget, provides a convenient shortcut to capture and share stories quickly without having to open the app.
This guide outlines the process to switch your business or professional Instagram account to a personal one in a few easy steps. We have included the steps for both the mobile app and desktop website. We also discuss the effects of changing your account type, the features you will miss out on, and whether you should change your account type on the platform or not.
The 'Add Yours' sticker is an interactive sticker on Instagram that you can add to your story and encourage your followers to reply to it with their story, creating a chain of sorts. To use this sticker, create a story on Instagram, tap on the sticker icon and choose 'Add Yours' sticker and add it before sharing. This is a great way to driver engagement for influencers and businesses.
Given that Instagram does not have an option to hide your followers list, you can use a few different workarounds to do the same. First is to switch to a private Instagram account as it hides your profile details from unknown users. Other than that you can remove or block people already in your followers list if you don't want them to see your followers either.
Instagram is trying out a new Game feature that can be brought up during a live session. This will let hosts and influencers play simple games like "This or that" and "Trivia" where your viewers can also take part by answering questions. It is available as a limited release to a few users and will roll out to more over the coming time.
Cache data can help improve the loading times of an app as it saves elements that an app might need frequently. However, this data can also cause issues as it increases over time, which is why it is important to clear the cache time to time. To clear cache for Instagram on Android, you have to visit the App Info page for the app and clear cache. Whereas on iPhone and iPad, you need to offload the app to do the same.
Music licensing and distribution prevents Instagram from directly allowing you to save stories with music. However, recently, be it a bug or a feature, iOS users can directly save such stories. All they need to do is head to Instagram -> create a story -> tap on the three-dot icon in the top right instead of publishing the story -> select save. This saves the story with music to the iPhone's camera roll. On Android, users will not be able to hear the music once they follow this method. To save stories with music, they have to go to an Instagram chat -> send the story they have saved -> swipe up and add music -> select "keep it in chat" and hit send. Then, they need to long press on the sent video -> select save. We have also included a third-party tool to download stories with music.
Using Vanish Mode in Instagram chats, you can send disappearing messages, images and videos, thereby keeping your messages from piling up over time. Not to mention that Vanish Mode makes chatting a lot more secure in general. To use the feature, simply open the Instagram app -> open the chat you want to enable vanish mode for -> swipe up to enable the feature. Swipe up again to disable the feature. However, do note that this feature is not available in the web or desktop app for Instagram.
To appear offline on Instagram, you will have to turn off your activity status on the platform. Although it was much easier to find back in the day, it is not as straightforward now. To turn off the active status on Android or iOS, head to your Instagram profile -> hamburger icon -> Settings and privacy -> Messages and story replies -> toggle off the Show activity status. On the web version, the only difference is that the hamburger icon is at the bottom left corner of the home page.
The latest WhatsApp beta update on Android lets you share your WhatsApp status directly to Instagram! This feature allows you to share your status as an Instagram Story without leaving the app, giving you more control over your cross-posting on social media. You can choose which status updates you want to share and can even upload them simultaneously on both Facebook and Instagram. This new feature is expected to roll out soon as it is already available in the beta version.
Instagram's Notes feature, which allows you to upload text-based disappearing status, has got a new update and now supports short videos. This will allow you upload a 2-second video and share with people. Video Notes can currently be shared with close friends and mutual followers and can will disappear after 24 hours.
Instagram introduced the ability to download reels back in June 2023 but it was limited to US users. They have rolled out the feature to everyone now. Using this feature, you can natively download Instagram Reels on your iPhone or Android device without using a third-party tool. To use this feature, open the reel you want to download -> tap on the share icon on the right -> select Download in the pop-up menu.