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Hidden Instagram hacks & features – Part 2

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TheMole
Written by TheMole

By Dave Avran

This week, we pick up from where we left off in last week’s article.

6) Clear your search history.

Many of us can relate to the desire to clear our online search history everywhere, including on Instagram of course. Luckily, you can. To clear your search history, go to your own profile and click the “Options” button (a gear icon on iPhone/iPad and three dots on Android). Scroll down and click “Clear Search History.” When prompted, click “Yes, I’m sure.”

7) Reorder filters, and hide the ones you don’t use.

If you use Instagram a lot, chances are you have a few favourite go-to filters, and some others which you never touch. To make editing photos easier, you can reorder the filters in your editing window and hide the ones you never use.

To reorder or hide filters, add a new post and begin editing it. When you get to the filters page, scroll to the very far right of your filters options and click “Manage.” Hold your finger down on the three grey lines on the far right of the filter you’d like to move, and drag it to reorder. To hide it, deselect the check mark to the right.

8) Use Instagram as a photo editor (without having to post anything).

Perhaps you love Instagram’s filters and editing capabilities but aren’t quite ready to post the photo to your account right now. To use Instagram as a photo editor without posting anything, all you need to do is publish a picture while your phone is on airplane mode.

First, be sure you have “Save Original Photo” turned on in your settings. Then, turn on airplane mode — see instructions in #5.

Next, follow the normal steps to post a photo to Instagram: Upload the photo, edit it, and press “Share.” An error message will appear saying the upload failed, but fear not, you’ll be able to find the edited image in your phone’s photo gallery.

9) Insert line breaks into your bio and captions.

When you write a caption in Instagram, you’ll see the keyboard doesn’t give you an option to press “Enter” or “Return.” The same is true for your bio. So how do all those people put line breaks in there?

It turns out that all you have to do is press the “123” key in the bottom left-hand corner of the keyboard, and the “Return” key will appear on the bottom right.

I know this tip sounds simple, but a lot of people miss it — myself included, until a colleague clued me in. We’ve seen some elaborate solutions out there for hacking through this problem, like writing the caption copy in another app, then copying and pasting it into Instagram. Thankfully, it’s much simpler than that.

10) Hide photos you’ve been tagged in.

When someone tags you in a photo or video on Instagram, it’s automatically added to your profile under “Photos of You,” unless you opt to add tagged photos manually (see the next tip).

To see the posts you’ve been tagged in, go to your own profile and click the person icon below your bio.

Then, to hide the posts you’ve been tagged in from other users, click the three dots in the top right of your screen and choose “Hide Photos.” Select the posts you’d like to remove from your profile, and when you’re done, tap “Hide Photos” at the bottom of your screen. When prompted, tap “Hide from profile.”

This won’t remove the posts themselves from Instagram, but it will remove them from your profile, so you and others can’t access them.

If you’ve been enjoying these Instagram hacks, there are more for you next week.

 

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