Instagram 101

How To: The Ultimate Guide to Using Instagram Stickers

Something that always brings a tear to my eye is uninspired Instagram stories. When you have a bunch of like-minded friends, you end up with like-minded stories. While it may seem difficult to stand out, stickers were designed so that you can differentiate yourself from other users — and knowing everything there is to know about Instagram stickers will make you a sticker master.

How To: Share Your Friends' Instagram Stories in Your Own Story

Instagram has long-resisted easily resharing content. While they've been testing a "regram" feature, overall, it lags behind apps such as Twitter and Facebook where resharing is easy. This is probably by design, as Instagram is a bastion of original content, but it has finally opened the doors a bit to let you reshare Stories from those you follow.

Instagram 101: Turn Off Stories from Brands & Followed Hashtags

Instagram integrated Stories back in 2016, and it flew right by Snapchat as a whole, becoming a bigger success itself than the whole entire Snapchat app. Still, the constant bombardment of information can be tiring in Instagram, so much so that you may want to mediate what Stories are shown to you. Fortunately, there's a way to do just that — without unfollowing accounts or hashtags.

How To: Send Private Instagram Stories to 'Close Friends' Only

Stories make sharing your day-to-day highlights fun on Instagram. However, other than choosing who to hide Stories from, Stories don't have much privacy control. Instagram recognizes this flaw, which is why the company is now rolling out a new feature called the "Close Friends List," which will allow users to share Stories with only a select group of followers.

Instagram 101: How to Add #Hashtags & @Account Tags to Your Bio

Your Instagram bio could always be used to link to other websites or profiles or just to show off your witty personality. Now, you also have the ability to use this section to tag other Instagram accounts as well as add tappable hashtags. Whether you want to link out to your best friend, company, or the latest trend in your city — if it has a profile name or tag, it can be in your bio.

Instagram 101: How to Add a Link in Your Story

For the longest time, the only clickable link you could throw up on Instagram was in your profile's bio, and that's still true for a lot of users. The only way to add a clickable link aside from the aforementioned one is in an Instagram story, where users checking out your story would swipe up to load the webpage before going back to finish your story.

How To: Disable Instagram's Creepy Activity Status Feature

Instagram updated its iOS and Android apps recently with an "Activity Status" indicator. This status allows your friends to see when you are currently active and when you were last active on Instagram. The problem is, Instagram was pretty quiet about this update, so many of you have it enabled without realizing it. Fortunately, it's simple to turn off.

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