Instagram is one of the most famous and most used social networks in the world, and has some interesting features that few people know about. The platform, which is available for Android phones and the iPhone (iOS), allows, for example, to help the system's algorithm choose which photos and videos are most interesting to appear in your application. This setting can be made manually on the Explore tab, and leaves the feed only with publications you like.
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Among other curious functions, there is the possibility to view all the posts you already liked, use multiple accounts at the same time and switch between them, remove tags from photos that friends have published, as well as find interactive filters for Stories in a worldwide catalog . Below is a list of ten Instagram features little known to users.
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1. Silence Stories from people you don't want to see
Instagram allows you to hide Stories from unwanted people. In this way, the stories of these contacts will no longer appear on the top carousel of the application when they publish something, being taken to the end of the queue and presenting a faded color. This feature is useful for ignoring irritating contacts, but without letting go of the application.
Instagram Stories can be hidden Photo: Carolina Oliveira / dnetc
To hide someone's stories, just press the icon of your profile photo in Stories and choose the option Silence, which appears in the bottom menu. It is also possible to perform the procedure directly on the person's profile, tapping Next and then Silencing. In addition to Stories, it is allowed to silence the feed posts.
Instagram Name Tag is a barcode that identifies the user's profile Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes
The Instagram name tag is a virtual barcode capable of identifying your profile on the social network. Through this image, other users can find their account to start next, reading the code with the cell phone camera. Each person can personalize their Name Tag by placing their username, selfies or different emojis. To create your code, access the settings menu and go to Name Tag.
3. Receive notifications of posts
Instagram sends notifications of new publications Photo: Helito Beggiora / dnetc
If you do not want to miss new publications from a very dear contact, just activate the notifications of posts. So, when that person adds new photos and videos, you will receive an alert on your cell phone informing you that there is new content on their profile. To activate the function, open the contact's profile, tap Following and go to Notifications. In addition to the feed posts, Instagram is also able to send notifications of new Stories, live videos and IGTV.
Instagram allows you to save posts to view later Photo: Gabrielle Lancellotti / dnetc
Do you know when you liked a post, but you are busy and cannot view the image carefully at that moment? Instagram allows you to save any photo or video for easy access later. To save a publication, just touch the little flag icon below each image. The owner of the photo is not notified of the action. All saved posts are stored on your profile and can be organized in separate folders, called collections.
5. Remove your friends' photo tags
If you were tagged in a photo of a friend, but you didn't like it, you can easily remove the tag. Just access the photo, touch the tag with your username and choose the option Remove me from the publication. After that, the photo will no longer display the link to your account, nor will it appear on the profile page of your profile. It is also possible to remove a mark from the computer.
6. See all the photos you liked
Instagram allows you to view all the photos and videos you have already liked on the social network. The platform displays the complete history in chronological order, from the most recent to the oldest. To access, go to your profile and open the settings menu. Then, go to Conta and open the Publications section that you liked.
Instagram also allows you to follow hashtags Photo: Carolina Ochsendorf / dnetc
In addition to following friends and brand profiles, Instagram also allows you to follow hashtags. Thus, you can view photos linked to that tag in the feed to find interesting images related to the subject. To do this, just tap on the hashtag and choose the option Follow. Then, you can see all the tags you are following on your profile.
8. Use multiple accounts at the same time
Instagram allows you to use up to five accounts on the same phone Photo: Helito Beggiora / dnetc
Instagram allows you to be logged in with up to five different accounts at the same time on the same phone. Thus, you can use different profiles, such as a dix account, for example, on the same device. To add a profile, go to the settings menu and tap Add account. To switch between them, just tap on the username that is located above yours or press your profile photo from the bottom menu. Then, just choose the desired account to switch immediately.
9. Help the algorithm show only what you like
Explore tab has different "categories" Photo: Nicolly Vimercate / dnetc
The Explore tab displays photos and videos that Instagram thinks will be interesting for your profile, based on your interactions on the social network. However, if you find something you don't like in this section, you can inform the social network that you don't want this type of image to appear. To do this, just open the unwanted image, touch the three little dots of options and choose See fewer publications like this. In this way, the algorithm will understand that that image did not please and will not show more content of the type, leaving the feed with your preference.
10. Search filters for Stories in a worldwide catalog
Access the Instagram Stories effects library Photo: Marvin Costa / dnetc
Interactive and game filters for Instagram Stories became a fever and many of them are available in profiles of digital influencers, friends, brands or even through the platform itself. However, it is possible to access a library with user filters from around the world to find new options for interesting effects. In addition to the most famous, you can discover filters organized by theme, such as selfies, love and camera effects. To access the gallery, open the Stories camera, tap the facial filters icon and slide the carousel to the left, until you reach the end. Then, tap Find effects.
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