Just like Facebook’s main social networking app, Instagram is growing at a fast pace. People and businesses are extensively using Instagram to share their pictures, increase followers, and get business benefits. So, to help you out in this process, I’ve created a list of the 16 awesome Instagram tricks and feature hacks. Take a look: Best Instagram Tricks And Hidden Features You Must Know
We don’t recommend the use of third party Instagram apps and services that need your password; Instagram’s policies are strongly against sharing login credentials with the third-party. So, to avoid any bad-looking situation, we advise you to only use the inbuilt features of Instagram and services that don’t ask your password. Best Instagram Tricks And Hidden Features You Must Know
1. Download Instagram photos and videos in batch
If you aren’t tech-savvy, downloading Instagram photos and videos could be more than a few simple steps for you. To solve this issue, you need to visit Insta-downloader.net. It’s a new and fast growing website that lets you simply paste the URL of a photo or video from the address bar of your browser and hit the Download button. It’s also one the few websites on the internet that lets you download the complete user album of Instagram photos and videos instantly. Do check out this website.
2. Upload photos from your computer
If using your smartphone camera for snapping pictures and uploading them via the mobile app is the only way you use Instagram, then this tip is useless for you. Just in case you are a professional photographer or a maintainer of a company’s social media account, you might be knowing the convenience of the desktop workflow. Instagram can be accessed in web browsers, but it doesn’t come with the uploading functionality. Same goes for Instagram’s Windows 10 client which only lets you upload pictures if your PC has a touchscreen display and a rear camera, which is only possible in the case of a Windows 10 tablet.
In such case, you are left with the option on emulate Android using BlueStacks and install Instagram on it. It’s a way to upload Instagram pictures using the desktop without violating company terms by using third party apps.
3. How to repost Instagram pictures
Unlike Facebook and Twitter, Instagram doesn’t let you share other people’s posts on your account. It’s pretty frustrating in case you wish to share the pictures uploaded by your friends or family members. To repost the Instagram pictures, you can use a popular app called Repost. It’s available for iOS and Android. Please note that this Instagram trick doesn’t work for private profiles, which makes sense.
After installing Repost app, you need to open the Instagram app, find a picture and click on the three dots in the top right of the post. Now, select Copy Share URL option.
Now open the Repost app on your Android or iOS device. The copied Instagram URL will be automatically imported. Tap that post to continue and explore the given options to customize the Repost watermark. After this, simply tap the Repost button which will start the export process and open the picture/video in Instagram’s editor. Now you need to follow the usual Instagram steps to share the post. The app doesn’t need any login, so it’s a win-win situation for security enthusiasts.
4. Use Instagram as a photo editor for other apps
Instagram has a great selection of filters to help you enhance your pictures and gather more likes from your followers. It’s possible that you might want to use Instagram’s effects and share the picture on some other social networks. Using a simple Instagram hack, you can do this easily.
First, make sure that you’re turned on the Save Original Photos option in your settings. You can find this option by tapping the gear icon on your profile. Second, you need to turn on the airplane mode in your device. You can find this option in Android by swiping down from the screen. In iOS, the same can be found by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. After this, you need to follow the usual photo sharing method and proceed with adding the picture, applying the effects, and sharing. As the airplane mode is on, the upload will fail and you’ll find the edited image saved in your gallery. Please note that don’t forget to tap the X button after the failed upload to prevent the photo from uploading later.
5. Post multiple photos at once
One of the biggest features that was added to the Instagram app in the recent times was the ability to add multiple pictures at once. If you haven’t used this Instagram feature, it’s time to do so as it allows you to share more. You can add up to 10 photos at once.
To do so, simply click the plus sign to add a new photo. Select the first picture and tap the Select Multiple Icon shown above. It’s the right-most icon at the bottom of the image.
Now you’ll be prompted to select more photos and videos. Tap the Next button, choose effects, and you’re good to go.
6. Get full-size Instagram images on desktop
The size of images being shown to you on Instagram app and website isn’t the original one. You can grab the original picture with the help of an awesome Instagram trick. To get the full-scale image, you need to open the Instagram of the image in your web browser. Take a look at the URL in address bar and remove the part “?taken-by” and characters following it.
7. Turn Instagram images into ASCII art
For some unknown reason, Instagram saves ASCII text versions of the images on its servers. Using a simple Instagram trick in your web browser, you can see that version. To do so, after opening a full-size image as mentioned in step 5, you need to add .txt to the URL to get a plain ASCII text version of the picture.
8. Add hashtags after posting, here’s why
This Instagram trick is useful if you’re habitual of sharing your picture on other social media accounts. If you prefer doing so, what’s your workflow — adding tons of hashtags and then sharing the post on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.? Well, you can skip the hashtags adding part in the caption and share it on social media channels. Later, you can edit the picture on Instagram and add as much hashtags as you like. This will save you from the hassle of deleting the long paragraph of hashtags from everywhere.
9. Compare the filtered and unfiltered Instagram photos
Very often people get lost in the editing process and forget the original image. It’s a very easy way to ruin a great picture. This can be easily avoided by comparing the filtered and unfiltered images in real time. To do so, after you’ve applied edits to a picture, you need to tap and hold the image. It’ll show you the original picture and this Instagram trick will help you make the comparison.
10. Adjust the intensity of Instagram filters
While editing the picture that you intend to upload on Instagram, you must be knowing how much is enough. Not controlling the amount of color or saturation can end up giving unpleasant results. The same goes for filters. Unlike the earlier days, now you have the option to control the intensity of filters and maintain the subtlety of a picture.
To use this Instagram trick, you need to tap on the filter you wish to apply on the image. As you might see, by default it’s applied at full intensity. To reduce the strength, you need to tap on selected filter again. This will open a slider to reduce/decrease the filter intensity. After choosing the right amount, you need to select the Done option and post the image.
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