On the surface, Instagram is pretty intuitive, so you may think you already know everything there is to know about using it on your iPhone or Android phone. But this image and video sharing program constantly adds new features, some of which do not make the press releases. Even if you are an Instagram guru, chances are you have missed one of these hidden goodies.
We have scoured our vault of Instagram hacks and realized that there are many lesser known ones to wipe out secret features hiding in the app. From creating custom background colors in Instagram Stories to displaying all the posts you've ever liked, it's the Instagram tricks, settings, and options you want to know, whether you're running iOS or Android. [1
Creating a Colored Text in an Instagram Story is not a secret. Select the type tool, type all characters in your word or phrase, then select each letter one by one and change its color. However, making rainbow text is much easier than that.
To do it quickly, enter the text and then mark everything. Then use a thumb to press and hold a color option near the right of the left until the gradient tool appears. Then take your second thumb and press and hold one of the end markers on the highlighted text. Slowly slide both thumbs to make individual characters change colors automatically.
Function 2: Upload Long Videos in Stories
Instagram only accepts 15 seconds of video clips in stories. Previously, there was a pain in the ass to upload longer videos because you had to break them up into shorter clips using third-party programs, but a new Instagram update added the ability to segment clips automatically.
To upload long videos, choose a video longer than 15 seconds in your history. You see that a number of clips appear at the bottom of the editor. Select and edit the clips separately and then tap "Next" to add them to your story, and they will play seamlessly without interruption – making it seem like a long video.
Function 3: Show all posts you liked  You can tap the bookmark icon on any other user's post to save it for later, either to the generic collection "All" or a custom folder that can be seen from the "Saved "in the triple menu on your profile page.
If you want to take a look at a video or picture from another user but forgot to bookmark it, you may find it in your viewing history. While you can't watch every single post you have watched, you can see your likes, and chances are you are double or the heart record you want to check out again.
Tap the menu with three points from your profile and select "Settings". On Android, tap "Post you liked" under Accounts . For iOS, select "Accounts" and then "Post you liked." Now you can see all the pictures and vids you liked in grid or list view.
In five seconds is not long enough for a photo in your story, add a song to it so that it takes up to 15 seconds – the same time limit as videos .
With the photo open in the Story Editor, press the sticker button and then "Music". Then choose a song available from Instagram (sorry, you cannot use your own music collection). A song can last between five and 15 seconds, and you can select the exact location and crop the time accordingly.
Function 5: Follow a user without actually following them
Tired of seeing the user's posts and stories but don & # 39; do I not want to follow or block them? You do not have to. Instead of breaking your Instagram relationship, just subdue them.
The easiest way to do this is to keep your finger down on the user's photo in the Stories field at the top of your feed until a popup appears with the "Mute" option you can press. After losing "Mute" you can either mute their stories or both posts and stories.
Function 6: Upload Live Pictures to Stories (iOS only)
If you have an iPhone you have probably played with the Live Photos feature in the camera that takes 1.5 seconds of video and audio before and after taking a picture. What you may not know is that Instagram has a built-in way to upload the three-second clips to your story.
Like any other photo, select Live Photo in the Story Editor. Then hold down the image until the word "Boomerang" appears. When you add the edited product to your story, it plays like a Boomerang, and runs back and forth a few times.
Function 7: prevent users from knowing when you are online
When a user views their direct messages or the "Send to" screen when sharing a story, they see a list of users, some of whom have an "Active Now" status or the time when they were last active on Instagram. When it is currently active, there will also be a green point that helps make these users stand out.
If you do not want others to know when you use Instagram, tap the threefold menu on your profile and then click "Settings." On Android, tap "Activity Status" under Privacy and Security . For IOS, select "Privacy and Security" and then "Activity Status". Replace it to finish. Doing so will also prevent you from seeing when other users use Instagram, so remember.
Function 8: Add frames to photos and videos in stories (iOS only)
Why this is not on Android, we have no idea, but on an iPhone you can add a letter using the usual type tool – every letter that is meaningful – enlarge it until it makes a nice frame on the picture or video in your story. Any letter or character will work as long as it matches the content of the photo or video you are viewing.
Function 9: Create solid color background in stories
Upload a photo or video to the Story Editor, open the drawing tools and select the market. Then select a color from either the color picker tool or the color options shown at the bottom. When a color is selected, tap the image or video for a few seconds, and the screen fills in the color you choose.
Function 10: Create Transparent Colored Overlays in Stories
You can also make a semi-transparent overlay over any image or video in your story by doing almost exactly the same thing as the sunny color background package above.
In the character tool, select the right tool, and then select a color from either the color picking tool or the color options shown at the bottom. When a color is selected, press the image or video for a few seconds, and the screen displays the color over the top of the media at about 75% opacity.
Stickers in Instagram Stories is a fun way to liven up your photos and videos. While they are easy to access, there is a good feature that you may have missed.
If you add a sticker to a photo or video in the Story Editor, and it says "Press for more" (example: "Weather"), you can tap the embedded stickers to change the style. The changes vary from color shift and colored background to completely different icons. Even if a sticker does not have the "push for more" option above, you can still press the embedded sticker to flip it horizontally.
Function 12: Superzoom In / Out of Story Videos with one hand  No doubt you have tried to squeeze and zoom on the screen while recording a story video to get a close-up of something, but it's actually a easier way to do it – with just one hand. When selecting Story Editor, select one of the video recording modes. Then hold down and press the record button and then slide your thumb up to zoom in and then down to zoom out.
This feature is great for making the chaotic fast zoom-in-and-out effect that gets your heart play If you want to pay attention to a particular subject in front of the camera, you can just zoom in and not back out. In fact, Instagram made the latter super light (and kind of cheesy) with its "Super Zoom" video option, which zooms in for you and adds effects.
Function 13: Share Your Archived Stories
About you do not disable this feature, all content from your Instagram stories can be saved in an archive in your account.
Open your profile, then press the archive icon (reverse clock button) and make sure "Stories Archie" or "Stories" is selected on the respective Android or iOS. Here you can watch your archived stories, download them to your device, share them again or use them to create highlights.
Function 14: Stop Instagram from Wasting Power and Data
Instagram can quickly empty the battery and use wireless data, the latter of which may be potentially costly depending on your specific carrier plane. If you want to help reduce the battery and the data drain, tell Instagram to use less data.
Tap the menu with three points on your profile and go to "Settings". On Android, tap "Use of mobile data" under Account . For IOS, press "Account" and then "Mobile Data Usage." Then you just switch "Use less data" on. Note that your Instagram experience may be slow afterwards, if not on a Wi-Fi connection.
Function 15: There are more post filters than you think
When it comes to regular Instagram photos and video records, there are plenty of filters to choose from – Crema, Ludwig, Gingham, Valencia, Inkwell, Hefe, Sierra, and so on. further. But you might miss some if you've never knocked this button "Manage" at the bottom of the filter list. In fact, there are currently a total of 40 filters and you can enable or disable filters from appearing in the main filter list at any time.
These are just some of the features on Instagram that you may not have shown. There is a lot more where it came from, including beta features that haven't beaten the masses yet, so be sure to check out our Instagram collection to learn more.
This article was produced during the Gadget Hack's special coverage on becoming a social media expert on your phone. Check out the entire Social Media series.
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