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Four Extremely Useful Instagram Tips

Whether you’re new to Instagram, or you’ve been uploading to your photo gallery for several years, there are always new features, tweaks, and settings coming out that change the way it all works. Although some changes go un-noticed, there are actually quite a few little things that are really useful when using Instagram’s website or app. Check out these Instagram tips that might change up the way you Instagram!

Disable Automatic Loading of Instagram Videos

One of the biggest updates Instagram ever had was the addition of short 15-second maximum length video clips being supported. Sure, the feature is great, but a lot of people don’t notice that it can actually eat up the data on your mobile plan by automatically preloading these videos for faster loading times if you decide to watch it.

Fortunately, this setting can easily be changed by logging into your profile on the app, tapping the Settings button, and changing the data usage selection to “Preload on Wifi only”. If you’ve got an unlimited high speed data plan you don’t even need to worry about this, but a lot of plans cut off high speed data after a certain amount of GB is exceeded.

Filter Your Pic Without Uploading

You may have noticed there’s no way to save a photo you’ve added to Instagram and added a filter to without uploading it first or taking a screenshot of the entire display with your phone’s interface included. Well, there’s actually a way to get around this, and it’s pretty easy too. All you need to do is put your phone in Airplane mode and proceed to take the photo or add it from your gallery like normal, apply the filter, and when you try to upload it will fail and automatically send the image to your device’s gallery.

One caveat to this is that if you’ve already taken the photo before enabling Airplane mode, you’ll need to first send the app to the background, then enable Airplane mode, and finally re-open the app and proceed to try sharing it.

Remove or Hide ‘Tagged' Photos

Getting tagged in photos is usually nothing to worry about, but every so often there will come along a photo of you that you might not want floating around the internet with your name attached to it. Whether it’s a photo of you with a bad angle, or it’s an image with an inappropriate quote, you can easily remove your association to it.

Simply navigate to the photo in question, tap on it to see the tagged users, and tap on your Instagram handle. From there, you can tap “Hide From my Profile” to remove it from the “Photos of You” album. However, this does not remove the tag; it just prevents the photo from appearing on your profile. To remove the tag completely, go to options and choose “Remove me from Photo”. Unfortunately, there’s no way to immediately remove the photo – to do that, you’d need to contact whoever uploaded it, or Instagram support.

Add a Link to Your Bio

Let's say you have a website you want to promote – whether it's your Twitter profile, personal blog or a niche eCommerce store – the only way to add a link on Instagram is in your bio. If you're looking to get a jumpstart on monetizing your Instagram followers, this is the best way to do it. Once the link has been added, you can post pictures to your followers, and tell them to check out your bio for more info. Once there, your chances of getting them to engage with you off-platform dramatically increase.

Date: December 31, 2015 / Categories: Follower Tactics, / Author: Rich Drees


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