4 Hidden Instagram Features You Probably Don’t Know About

Unless you were hiding under a rock for the last 8 years or so, you probably know a lot about Instagram. It’s a great app that grew into an amazing social network used by millions of people worldwide. Its popularity has been on a rise for years now and there are thousands of new profiles created daily.

With so many users and so much amazing content, sometimes you might feel your Instagram skills are lacking. This is not a big deal, as you probably know that there are lots of professional photographers, marketers, and social media experts on this network, but you can definitely do something about it. So, if you’re looking to bring your Instagram-A-game to the table, here are some tricks that might help.

Manage Multiple Instagram Accounts

If you’re using Instagram for professional purposes like promoting your business, you probably need multiple accounts. It can be a real drag to log in and log out only to post things, but Instagram has a built-in option for this common problem.

You can add multiple accounts and connect different profiles to the one you already have. All you have to do is go to your profile, go to the options and select Add Account. You then get to enter the username and the password for any account you want to connect with the existing one. Once you do this, the profile icon in the navigation will change to the profile image you’ve selected for the following profile, and all you need to do to switch between accounts is press and hold your profile image. The menu with all of the accounts you’ve connected will appear, and you just select the one you want to manage.

Filter Comments

There is a lot of trolling on the internet, and social networks are no different. If anything, they are a fertile ground for armies of trolls. If you ask any serious marketing consultancy you’ll hear that inappropriate commenting has become somewhat of a standard in the online world, but Instagram can help you avoid those comments in a smart way.

In order to filter comments on your profile all you have to do is go to the options on your profile and choose Comments. You can turn the Hide Inappropriate Comments option on, which will start filtering out the words and phrases commonly reported as offensive. In order to enhance this filter, you can add your own list of keywords and phrases you wish to avoid seeing on your posts.

Use Instagram as Photo Editor without Posting

With so many great options and features, Instagram can be a powerful photo editing tool. If you’ve wondered if there is a way to use it without posting your edited photos online – the answer is yes.

What you need to do in order to start using Instagram as a standalone photo editor is – go to the options menu at your profile and turn on the Save Original Photos option. What you need to do next is turn on the Airplane Mode on your phone, or turn off any connections to the internet. Once you finish editing the photo, you will receive a message that there was an error and your photo was not uploaded, but it will be saved in your gallery.

Save a Story as a Post

Posting a story to Instagram is great for many reasons, but sometimes you would like to keep it on your profile for a bit longer than 24 hours. Whether you just like it that much, or there is any other reason for keeping it – it can be done with no sweat at all. So this is what you should do if you’re getting attached to your stories.

You need to go to your story and tap the three dots representing the story options. Here you have a number of options, but you should select Share as Post. With this option, your story will be posted as any other post on your profile and it will remain there until you remove it.

Final thoughts

These are just some of many interesting options and features you can use to your advantage when it comes to Instagram. Another great thing you can do if you wish to expand your Instagram experience is to start following their blog. You can learn a lot from other experienced Instagram users and you can learn about recent changes and upcoming ones. Most important thing is to experiment and have fun while you’re doing it. Little by little, you will learn everything there is about Instagram and you won’t even notice when your posts become as professional as some of the crowd you follow.

Leila Dorari is an entrepreneur, freelance writer and business-improvement enthusiast from Sydney. Currently, she is consulting companies on various effects different marketing solutions can have on their business. In her spare time you can usually find her window shopping.