Amazing Instagram features you may not Know About
1. Manage Your Filters
Usually we’re pretty happy using VSCO Cam for our filters, but if you’re a fan of Instagram’s standard filters ( of which there are now 40 of them) you don’t want them all clogging up your filter strip when there’s only a couple you like. You can actually pick which filters you want to appear and sort them in the order you want them to appear.
To do so, swipe to the end of the filters, tap the “Manage” gear icon, and then select the filters you want. To arrange them in a specific, order, tap the left side (the three lines that look like hamburger menu) and slide them up and down the list.
2. Send Posts In Your Feed To Friends
Instagram doesn’t get used enough, it’s actually quite a useful feature if you use it properly. Instagram Direct’s main purpose is to let you send private photos (with accompanying text) to friends or groups, but you can also use it to send photos you see in your Instagram feed to your friends.
To send a photo from your feed to your friend, tap the right arrow icon below a ‘gram and it’ll bring up a “SEND TO” list, and from there just select the person you want to send it to.
3. Straighten, Adjust Perspective, And Rotate Photos
Sometimes when you’ve got that near-perfect shot, you know that something’s missing, it can be the smallest of adjustments. Luckily you can make these adjustments within the app. To access these options tap the wrench icon and then tap “Adjust” (it won’t appear if your photo is not a square).
From there, straightening a photo is as easy as swiping left and right on the slider to adjust the degree. The same thing goes for the tweaking the vertical and horizontal perspective. You can also rotate a photo by hitting the rotate icon in the upper right corner.
5. Use Instagram Apps
Instagram is more than just the Instagram app. Hyperlapse is an excellent and simple app for creating time-lapse videos. Layout is perfect for creating collaged images. And Boomerang is great for creating simple looping short videos. When you’re done making awesome posts in these apps, you can easily import them to Instagram for further editing or immediate posting.
6. Change The Cover Thumbnail On Your Video
A good cover shot could mean all the difference between someone clicking your video or not clicking it. And this is especially important if you’re using Instagram for business.
Before you post your video, you can change your cover photo to any frame from your video. Just tap the square icon (third one) next to the stabilization icon and slide across the bottom slider to select a new cover shot.
7. See The Posts You’ve Previously Liked
The whole Instagram economy revolves around liking people’s photos and videos. But not many people know that you can see posts that you’ve previously liked on Instagram.
To see them, hit the gear icon from your profile, and under “ACCOUNT” tap on “Posts You’ve Liked.” You can sort it in a grid or list view.
8. See Your Posts On A World Map
Whenever you add a location to an Instagram, the post is also posted to your photo map — a world map showing all the places you’ve posted a photo. To see your own photo map, go to your profile and hit the location tag icon. From there, you can zoom in and out on a specific location (country, city, etc.) and see specific geo-tagged posts.
9. Use Gestures
The smallest things always go unnoticed. If for some reason you like using gestures, you can do so to switch between the Library, Photo and Video mode after you’ve hit the camera button on the bottom of the menu bar. To quickly switch between the three modes, swipe left and right.
10. Edit Captions
Made a typo in your caption and don’t want to look like a complete idiot? Don’t worry, you can now fix it.
To edit a caption on a post, tap the °°° on the right side below a post, hit “Edit” and boom, you can change your caption, add a location, tag a person, and maybe throw in another hashtag.