Special Features in Instagram

Nowadays, there are over one billion Instagram users but most of them know too little about all the opportunities in this social network. I am sure you will benefit from this tutorial if you are an active user of this app. Today you will learn about useful options and features in Instagram to help you boost your account, give a fresh look to your business account and profile. So, let’s begin.

Archiving stories and posts in Instagram settings

Archiving stories and posts in Instagram settings

You can turn on the option to save all of your stories and posts. Do it by opening Menu – Archive – tap on the three dots in the upper right corner and select Settings. To enable the option, drag the slider to the corresponding position. In addition to stories, you can also archive your posts as well. To archive a post, tap on the three dots next to the post you want to save and select Archive. It will take the post to the archive. To restore a post from the archive, go to Menu – Archive – Posts archive. Select a post – tap the three dots’ button – choose “Show on profile.” It will make the post appear in your profile at once.

How Many People Share Your Posts?

How Many People Share Your Posts?

The number of people who shared your post. The second feature lets you see how many people shared one of your posts. This data is not displayed in the statistics, but you can learn it by finding this specific post and tapping on the three dots’ button. You will see the line “View Story Reshares.” If you don’t see such line, it means there are no active stories containing a repost from your Instagram page. This feature will help you understand how users react to certain content, or find out how much they like a new product by their comments under such repost.

Send images to stories

Another feature is sending a photograph into stories right from your phone’s gallery. Select a photo from the gallery and tap “Share,” then choose “Stories,” add special effects, and tap “Your story” to post it. In a second, the photo will appear in your story.

Instagram Boomerang effect

One more interesting feature is the boomerang effect. To achieve it, upload a live photo to your story, press and hold your finger on the screen until the word “boomerang” appears. You can make this photo static again by doing the same press and hold trick.

Modify fonts with gradient

Modify fonts with gradient

If you get bored with simple monotonous fonts, you can add a multicolored gradient. Just highlight the text, choose the starting color and use both hands to swipe left on the text and on the color scale. You can see: now that the font is in a new color, it looks more attractive.

Instagram Glowing emojis

Instagram Glowing emojis

Next feature is glowing emojis. To enable this effect, switch to “Type” and select neon font. Now chose any emoji. Ready! It’s a simple way to make your stories appear more original and add a new look to your emojis.

Instagram Branded fonts

 Instagram Branded fonts

Another special option brought to you by Instagram is the ability to add custom fonts. To access this feature, you need to download a special app called over (its available both on AppStore and Google Play). After the app is installed, you can download fonts in the OTF format from your computer to your phone, and then use them in Instagram.

Instagram Font alignment

Instagram also lets you align font – right or left. For some fonts, this option is available automatically, but when you switch the font to modern or neon, the button disappears. Still, a simple left or right swipe on the screen will improve the situation.

Instagram Background filling

This option will let you have a solid background for a photo. To try it, take or download a photo, select the pen tool and its color, tap anywhere on the screen and hold until the screen turns to the color you need. If you choose the marker tool, the background will be semi-transparent, and you can use the eraser tool to create all kinds of drawing.

Instagram Hiding Hashtags

One more feature is taking hashtags away. Hashtags you add to your stories can increase public coverage but they may also spoil the general picture. There are two ways to hide them: Make them as small as possible and then just cover them with a GIF image. Or use the color picker to select the color of your background and then paint the hashtags withe the same color so they become invisible.

Instagram Shadow effect for text

Another interesting option is shadow effect for text. To achieve it, type some text, then copy it, and use it to create another piece of text, but this time, in a different color. All you need to do after that is arrange one of your text boxes over the other, but with a little margin. Now the shadow effect is ready, and it will make your text look very different.

Instagram GIFs in videos

Instagram GIFs in videos

The last one in today’s article is inserting a GIF picture into a video. When posting a video to stories, you can attach text or a GIF picture so that they appear on video at a certain time. To select the moment when the text should appear, press on it and hold until a slider appears below. Now drag the slider to the place where you need the text to appear. Then tap the screen to attach a GIF picture. By the way, pictures can be copied directly from the app called GIPHY.

Open the app, find the GIF picture you like and copy its link. Now paste the link into your story, and the GIF picture will appear there. Certainly, this is not the exhaustive list of all features in Instagram, so if you know other interesting options, you are welcome to share them in your comments under this article. That is all for now! Hopefully, this video was useful. Remember to click the Like button and subscribe to our channel. Hit the bell button to receive notifications and never miss new videos. Leave comments to ask questions.

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