Instagram is a photo sharing application. It has been around since 2010, and its use has exploded in recent years. It is estimated that it currently has 500 million daily users. Using Instagram is a great way to stay connected with your friends and family and to share snippets of your life with them. Some people also use Instagram to promote their businesses or their blogs. In this article, we'll cover all you need to know about how to use Instagram.
Instagram is an application that is designed to work on a smartphone using the smartphone camera. It is possible to use Instagram on a tablet or laptop, but there are additional steps you need to take. Here we will focus on using Instagram on a smartphone.
When learning how to use Instagram, first download the Instagram app onto your phone. You can find it in the app store or in the Google Play store. It's free to download.
Creating Your Instagram Account
Once you have the app installed, just tap on the icon to open the app. You'll see a "Sign Up" button. Click on it and provide the details: a username, password, email address and phone number. You'll have the chance to upload a profile picture before you go on. You can do this now or later. Instagram will send you an email, and you can confirm your email address by clicking the link in the email.
There is an "About" section where you can add a few details about yourself or your business. Instagram allows you to include one link to your personal website.
Once you have signed up, you will only need to sign in from your device to use Instagram. On most phones, you will be automatically signed in when you tap the app icon.
You can go in and edit your profile at any time. There is an "Edit" button on your profile page.
How to Use Instagram: Content To Post Or Follow
When learning how to use Instagram, you will need to have a way to discover your friends. You can choose to find people you know on Instagram by allowing the app to access your Facebook or Twitter friends lists. You will need to enter your password, and Instagram will populate a list of your contacts.
You can also find friends by searching for them by name. Instagram also makes suggestions based on your activity as you learn how to use Instagram. When you want to connect with someone on Instagram you "follow" them.
When you see your contacts list, you will see an option to "Follow" each contact. When you follow someone you will be able to see their profile and the photos; the post will appear on your home screen feed.
Some of your friends will also choose to follow you. They will be notified when you post, and your photos will appear on their home feed. After liking a photo that someone else posts, you can show further appreciation by tapping the heart icon below their post. It will turn pink, and they will see that you liked it. You can also add a comment to any post. Just type in your comment and hit the triangular icon to post it.
To access your feed, click on the little house icon that appears on the bottom menu bar of your screen. You can scroll down to see all the images your friends have posted.
When learning how to use Instagram, you master sliding into someones DM. You can post messages to particular people on Instagram too, instead of posting for all of your followers. There is an icon on the top right corner of your screen that looks like a paper airplane. When you tap it, you will go to your direct message page. You will see a list of your contacts or suggestions of people you might want to message directly.
Tap on the person's name, and you will see a blank screen. The bottom menu gives you a chance to access your camera to record a live message or to your phone's photo library so you can send a photo.
The bottom menu bar on your home feed page also has a "Search" icon (magnifying glass). Use this to search for specific people or accounts. On the search page, you will also see some selections and celebrity accounts that might interest you.
The Heart Icon
The heart icon in the bottom menu bar is where you can find all your recent activity. As you learn how to use Instagram, you will be able to check here to see who you are following, what posts you have reacted to and who is following your posts. Scroll down and see an up-to-date list of suggestions of people for you to follow.
Your Personal Account and Profile
The person icon to the right in the menu bar will take you to your account page. The three dots on the top right of your account screen will take you to your settings; You can find Facebook friends or change your password, see how much of your phone data you've been using, switch accounts (if you have more than one) and many other options.
The Account page is where you go to edit your profile page too. Click the "Edit Profile" button. You can upload a new profile picture, add a link or change the information your followers will see.
Adding Photos to Instagram
The icon that looks like a plus sign inside a box is your key to adding content to your Instagram page. When you click on it, you will be able to choose to add a photo from your phone's gallery, to take a new photo with your phone's camera or create a video to share with your followers.
Select a photo and hit the "Next" button at the top of the page. Now the fun begins. You can edit your photo before posting or use one of Instagram's filters. Experiment with this and check out for yourself what the filters and edit functions can do. As you gain confidence, you can even download more filters to use in your posts.
Hit "Next" again, and you will come to a screen where you can add a caption and tags to your photo. You can also choose to share to your Facebook page or your Twitter, Tumblr, or Flickr feeds. You can add your location on this page too.
Now just hit "Share," and your photo will be published for all your friends to see.
A Hashtag is a way to categorize content on Instagram. When you post a photo, you can add a Hashtag, or several to the caption - for example, #TBT, or #good food. Your post will then be grouped with other posts that used the same Hashtag.
Frequently asked questions:
1. CAN SOMEONE SEE IF I HAVE VISITED THEIR PROFILE ON INSTAGRAM?
No. They will only know if you follow them or like one of their posts.
2. HOW SAFE IS MY PERSONAL INFORMATION?
If you set your account to "Private," only the friends you connect with can see your info. The Instagram profile information is pretty basic, so if you are not posting personal information, there is no way for other people to access anything personal.
3. WHO CAN SEE MY PICTURES?
With a public account, anyone can see the photos you post. If you select a private account, only the people you allow to follow you will be able to see them. Many families choose private Instagram accounts to share family photos so that only the family can see them. For business purposes, a public account makes more sense.
4. WHAT IF I SEE SOMETHING INAPPROPRIATE?
Instagram is serious about appropriate content. If you see something that does not adhere to the rules, you can go to the poster's profile and "Report" them using the button on the top right-hand corner of the screen.
Helpful Instagram Tips For Beginners
When learning how to use Instagram don't forget to have fun. It's a great platform to make connections either personally or for your business.