11 of the Best Instagram Features and Settings You Aren't Using

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Instagram started retired arsenic a elemental photo-sharing app. Now, it seems similar it’s thing but. Over the years, it has added truthful galore caller features—Stories, IGTV, Reels, and messaging—it tin consciousness similar you’re utilizing six antithetic apps astatine once.

When there’s truthful overmuch worldly going on, it’s casual to miss retired connected the smaller features and settings that tin marque the app acquisition better, truthful that’s what we’re going to absorption connected today. Here are immoderate of our favourite Instagram options you mightiness not cognize about. (And if you’re struggling with your addiction to the ‘gram, we tin assistance with that too.)

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Add links to your Instagram Stories arsenic stickers

Add links to your Instagram Stories arsenic stickers

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Instagram recently opened up the link-in-Stories feature to the masses. Almost everyone tin present adhd links to their Stories utilizing a sticker. To get started, simply pat the Stickers icon, take the “Link” option, paste successful the link, and pat the “Done” button.

You tin present determination and customize the nexus sticker nevertheless you want. Anyone who views your communicative volition beryllium capable to pat connected the sticker to unfastened the link.

Hide similar counts

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Feeling like-count envy? Or would you alternatively not spot the similar number connected your posts and those of others for your ain intelligence health? You tin disable them for each the posts that you spot connected Instagram.

Open your Profile, pat the Menu button, and spell to Settings > Privacy > Posts > Hide Like and View Counts.

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Delete your hunt history

Delete your hunt history

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Don’t privation your Instagram hunt past to springiness you away? You tin delete azygous searches close from the hunt presumption by hitting the small “X” button. You tin besides delete each your hunt past astatine once. Go to Settings > Security > Clear Search History > Clear All.

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Stop Instagram from filtering retired graphic content

Stop Instagram from filtering retired graphic content

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By default, Instagram blocks delicate and graphic content. If you travel crossed it connected your feed, you’ll spot a blurred furniture implicit it. It besides stops it from showing up successful your Explore feed.

What Instagram chooses to tag arsenic “sensitive content” is rather weird. Sometimes it volition tag assemblage positivity and intelligence wellness posts arsenic sensitive, and, arsenic a result, they won’t amusement up connected your research page.

You tin disable this enactment via Settings > Account > Sensitive Content Control > Allow. The enactment to disable this diagnostic is lone disposable successful definite territories, and isn’t moving for immoderate users implicit the property of 18, likely due to the fact that of a bug.

Recover deleted posts

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Instagram has changed however it deletes posts. Just similar your phone, a photograph that’s deleted present stays successful your relationship for 30 days, and you tin retrieve it astatine immoderate constituent wrong that clip frame.

To bash that, spell to Settings > Account > Recently Deleted. From here, take the photo, pat the three-dotted Menu button, and prime the “Restore” enactment to retrieve the deleted post.

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View each the Stories from the past

View each the Stories from the past

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Trying to find an aged photograph you’d shared connected Instagram Stories? Maybe you’re trying to relive moments from a past trip? Lucky for you, Instagram keeps an archive of each the Stories that you person shared successful the past, sorted by some day and location.

Open your Instagram profile, pat the Menu button, and take the “Archive” option. Here, you tin presumption each the station Stories. Tap connected a Story to presumption it full-screen. From the three-dotted Menu button, you tin prevention the photo, share, oregon delete the communicative permanently.

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Set up two-factor authentication

Set up two-factor authentication

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Your Instagram relationship is precious. It’s what connects you with the satellite and your closest friends. It besides poses a hacking risk, truthful you should adhd different furniture of extortion to your Instagram relationship with two-factor authentication.

This way, the lone method to log successful to your Instagram relationship volition beryllium via a six-digit, one-time passcode sent to you implicit SMS oregon to an authenticator app. If you’re utilizing iPhone, you tin usage the built-in authenticator arsenic well.

Go to Settings > Security > Two-Factor Authentication to get started.

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Disable comments connected an Instagram post

Disable comments connected an Instagram post

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Life would beryllium amended if immoderate Instagram posts didn’t person a comments section. Luckily, Instagram lets you disable the comments, adjacent if a station is already live.

Find the post, pat the “Menu” button, and take the “Turn disconnected Commenting” button. You tin travel backmost present again to alteration commenting.

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Stop radical from adding you to groups (or messaging you astatine all)

Stop radical from adding you to groups (or messaging you astatine all)

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Don’t privation chartless radical to connection you, oregon adhd you to a radical without your consent? A privateness mounting volition assistance you out.

Go to Settings > Privacy > Messages. Here, spell to the “Your Followers connected Instagram” section, and power to “Don’t person requests.” Next, take the “Others connected Instagram” option, and power to the “Don’t person requests” feature.

You won’t person caller requests from profiles now. To bash the aforesaid for groups, take the “Who tin adhd you to groups” option, and power to the “only radical you travel connected Instagram” option.

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Restrict idiosyncratic alternatively of blocking them

Restrict idiosyncratic alternatively of blocking them

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Don’t privation to perceive from someone, but you’d alternatively not artifact them? Try retired Instagram’s Restrict feature. When idiosyncratic is restricted, they tin proceed to beryllium your follower, but you fundamentally won’t spot them, oregon perceive from them.

They volition beryllium capable to connection you, but you won’t spot the messages. Their comments volition lone beryllium disposable to them, and not the public. You’ll person a prime to presumption a restricted comment, if you like.

To restrict someone, unfastened their profile, pat the Menu button, and take the “Restrict” enactment to get started. You tin “Unrestrict” idiosyncratic from the aforesaid paper aboriginal on.

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Get notified astir caller contented from your favourite profiles

Get notified astir caller contented from your favourite profiles

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You whitethorn person already tweaked your notification settings connected Instagram. Probably you person astir notifications disabled. But did you cognize that you tin take to get notified lone erstwhile peculiar profiles station thing to their feeds oregon commencement an Instagram Live?

This is astir apt the lone really utile notification mounting Instagram offers. Visit a profile, pat the Notifications (bell) icon astatine the top, and past alteration notifications for posts, stories, videos, oregon Instagram Live.