22 Hidden Instagram Features that you might not know about!

22 Hidden Instagram Features that you might not know about!

Do you ever feel a little behind in your Instagram knowledge?

You can probably get around and do the basics just fine. However, when you look at everybody else around you, they seem way more advanced.

It’s nothing to be ashamed of. Social media platforms are always changing and can be difficult to navigate even for experienced users. Don’t let that discourage you, though. It’s never too late to learn and improve.

If you want to step up your Instagram game, here are 22 tips, tricks, hacks and features that will help take you to the next level.

Instagram has become the favorite social network of many — and not just for teens and Millennials. In fact, according to the Pew Research Center, 35% of online adults use Instagram — up 3% from 2016. Compare that, for example, to 24% on Twitter.

Plus, folks don’t just use Instagram casually, as 38% of them use it several times each day.

But for those who have never used the platform before, or those who just want to take their usage to the next level, Instagram has some lesser-known tricks, settings, hacks, search options, and comment features you should know about. That’s why we set out to find them and list them all in one place. 

Whether you’re a recruiter looking to showcase your company’s culture, a marketer in the e-commerce industry, or an individual who’s just looking to use Instagram in the best ways possible, here are tips and features here for you.

1. Create Rainbow Text in Stories

Creating multi-colored text in an Instagram Story isn’t a secret. Select the type tool, type all the characters out 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 fast, type in the text, then highlight all of it. Next, use one thumb to press-and-hold on a color option close to the right of the left side until the gradient tool appears. Then, take your other thumb and press-and-hold on one of the end cursors of the selected text. Slowly slide both thumbs away to make individual characters change colors automatically.


2. Prevent Users from Knowing When You’re Online

When a user looks at their Direct messages or the “Send To” screen when sharing a story, they see a list of users, some of which have an “Active now” status or the time they were last active on Instagram. When currently active, there will also be a green dot to help make those users stand out.

If you don’t want others knowing when you’re using Instagram, tap the three-lined menu on your profile, then “Settings.” On Android, tap “Activity Status” under Privacy and Security. For iOS, select “Privacy and Security,” then “Activity Status.” Toggle it off to finish up. Doing this will also prevent you from seeing when other users are using Instagram, so keep that in mind.

3. Create Solid Color Backgrounds in Stories

Instagram’s “Type” option in Stories lets you write text over colorful gradient backgrounds, but there are zero options for solid color backgrounds. However, there’s a way around its limitation.

Upload any 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 that appear at the bottom. Once color is selected, press down on the picture or video for a few seconds, and the screen will fill with whatever color you chose.

4. Create Translucent Colored Overlays in Stories

You can also make a semi-transparent overlay over any image or video in your story by doing almost the exact same thing as the solid color background tip above.

In the drawing tools, choose the highlighter tool, then select a color from either the color picker tool or the color options that appear at the bottom. Once color is selected, press down on the picture or video for a few seconds, and the screen will show the color over top the media at about 75% opacity.

5. Share Your Archived Stories

Unless you disable this feature, all of the content from your Instagram Stories are saved into an archive on your account. If you want to access and re-share these photos and videos, you can easily do so.
Open your profile, then tap on the archive icon (the reverse-clock button), then make sure “Stories Archie” or “Stories” is selected on Android or iOS, respectively. Here you can watch your archived Stories, download them to your device, share them again, or use them to create Highlights.

6. Remove old posts from your profile without deleting them

This is possible thanks to Instagram’s archive feature.

How to do it:

  1. Tap the three dots at the top of the post you want to remove.
  2. Select Archive.
  3. Tap the Archive icon in the top right corner of your profile to review all archived posts.
  4. If you want to restore content to your public profile, simply tap Show on Profile at any time and it’ll show up in its original spot.

7. Organize Saved Posts in Collections

  1. If you’ve ever wanted to group your favorite posts by a theme, then you should try making a collection.
  2. First, to save other people’s images and put them in your collections, just tap the bookmark symbol under their post.
  3. Now go to your profile. Above your photos should be a row of icons.
  4. Tap the bookmark button on the far right.
  5. Choose the Collections tab and tap the + icon at the top to create a new collection. After naming the collection, hit Next and select any saved images you want to be added to the collection. Hit Next one more time when you are finished.

8. Receive Notifications when others make New Posts

There are plenty of reasons to follow somebody on Instagram. The account you follow could be somebody who followed you first, a potential follower with shared interests, an important influencer or a rival brand you want to keep an eye on.
To get notified whenever an account makes a new post, simply go to their profile and tap on the gear icon (or 3 dots if you’re on Android) at the top of the page. This will give you a list of options. Select Turn On Notifications, and you’re done.
You can also access this feature from any post made by the account you want to follow. The same gear/3 dots should appear across from the account’s name at the top.

9. Edit Photos without posting them

Sometimes you don’t want to upload a photo yet, but still, want to have it edited in advance. You might also want to be able to post it across multiple social media platforms in addition to Instagram.
There’s an easy way to use Instagram as a standalone photo editor. Before doing anything else, you should turn on the Save Original Photos option. This is located on your settings page, which you can access through your profile by clicking on the gear/3 dots.
Following that, you need to enable airplane mode on your phone. Then proceed to create a new post and edit your photo. Airplane mode will disrupt the upload and cause an error after you hit Share. However, it will still save to the photo gallery on your phone.
Now you can publish it whenever you feel like.

10. Hide extra Hashtags

If you want your content to get discovered on Instagram, you’re going to need to use hashtags. But too many hashtags can make your captions look like a busy mess.
There are a few ways that you can avoid unnecessary clutter.
One thing that you can do is use line breaks. Any text after 3 lines is hidden, and only viewable if somebody selects the More option.
Another option is to leave hashtags out of your captions entirely. Instead, you can put them in a comment to your post.

11. Set up 2-Factor Authentication

You can never be too cautious when it comes to digital security. There’s always the threat that your account can be compromised by hackers trying to get around the system.
If you ever want to add an extra layer of protection, you can enable 2-factor authentication.
Tap the gear icon/3 dots on the top of your page to go to your Options page. Under Account, you should find Two-factor Authentication. Clicking on it will bring you to a page with a toggle labeled Require Security Code. Turning it on will bring up a text prompt telling you that Instagram will text your phone a security code every time you log on.
If your Instagram isn’t already connected to a phone number, you will be asked to provide one.

12. Clean up your Search History

There’s no shame in wanting to wipe away your history. Some of us aren’t comfortable with our searches being saved permanently. Thankfully Instagram gives us the option to clear it.
Click the Options icon on your profile and scroll down to Clear Search History. After tapping it, confirm that you are certain you want it erased. Now you have nothing to worry about!

13. Hide unwanted Tagged Photos

Being tagged in other users’ photos can be a great way to spread brand awareness. However, this isn’t always a positive thing. Occasionally you’ll find yourself tagged in content that you don’t want to be associated with.
Don’t fret over it. You can hide these photos so that others can’t see them.
If you want to hide all tagged photos, go to your profile. Below your bio is a row of icons. Click on the one that looks like a person on a box, to the left of the bookmark icon. This will bring you to your Photos of You section.
Tap the settings icon in the upper right corner. You will be given the option to Hide Photos. This won’t remove the posts from the website, but it will keep them from appearing on your profile.
If you still want tagged photos to show up on your profile, you can set it up so you approve each post individually. Go to the Photos of You section, click the settings icon and then choose Tagging Options. There you can select Add Manually.

14. View the activity of people you follow

Want to keep tabs on somebody and see what they’ve been doing?

Tap the heart icon at the bottom of your home page and you’ll be brought to your activity tab. Then switch it from You to Following at the top. There you will see the activity of everybody that you follow.

15. Embed Instagram Posts on WordPress

If you have a website that uses WordPress, you can embed Instagram posts in your pages.
Open up the post in a browser window on your computer. There should be 3 dots in the lower right corner of the post. Click on this to bring up a set of options and choose Embed. There will be a button to press labeled Copy Embed Code, and also a check-mark box if you want to include captions.
After that, all you need to do is paste the code directly into the desired WordPress post.

16. Share a Story to your Main Feed

Feeling particularly proud of a Story? Why not post it to your main profile too, so everybody can check it out?

Open the story and click on the 3 dots in the lower right corner. Select the Share as Post option. You’ll then be able to edit, caption and publish it like you would any regular post.

17. Add special Fonts to your Bio

Here’s an Instagram bio hack that can truly make your profile stand out. You can already add emojis to the bio beneath your profile photo, but your keyboard limits your creativity right there.
Using a couple of basic third-party websites, you can copy over some more special fonts not often found in the Instagram community. Here’s how.

Add a new font to your Instagram bio via your mobile device using a website like LingoJam. Open the site on your phone, type your desired bio text in the lefthand text box, and you’ll see the same bio text in different typefaces appear on the right.

Carry your chosen font over to your Instagram bio by tapping it and selecting “Copy.” Then, open your Instagram app, navigate to your profile, select “Edit Profile,” tap the “Bio” section and paste your chosen font into the empty field.

18. Add Special Characters to your Bio

Not only can you customize your bio with a special font, but you can also add atypical characters that distinguish you or your brand — but that you wouldn’t find on your smartphone’s normal keyboard. These include §, †, or even ™ if your Instagram name features a trademarked product name.

Using your mobile device, install a free mobile app like Character Pad, which catalogs nearly every character and symbol you might need but won’t find in the 26-letter English alphabet. 

Open the app and find the character you want to add to your Instagram bio. In Character Pad, you’ll simply double-tap the picture of your chosen symbol to paste it into a text box, as shown below. Then, copy this character to your phone’s clipboard.

Once you have your symbol copied to your clipboard, open Instagram, navigate to your bio, and tap “Edit Profile.”

Hold down your finger on the field of your bio you want to insert your special character until “Paste” appears as an option. Tap “Paste” and you’ll be all set.

19. Optimize your Instagram bio to appear in the Explore Tab

Your friends, family, and coworkers might be your first group of Instagram followers, but growing your audience takes more than the people who already know you. One key way to do this is to get your profile to appear in Instagram’s Explore page.

The Explore page, accessible using the magnifying glass icon shown above, is a browsing page that sorts the entire Instagram community by topic and keyword. These include “Fitness,” “Style,” “Science,” and more. 
Hashtagging your posts with these words can expose your content to the people browsing these topics, but you can also use them in your Instagram name and bio to promote your profile. If Jane Doe is a marketing consultant, for example, she might want to make her Instagram name “Jane Doe Marketing,” rather than simply “Jane Doe.” Then, in her bio, she can include all of her specialties, such as “SEO,” “blogging,” “email marketing,” etc.

20. Look through pictures without accidentally liking them

It’s pretty easy to learn how to like something on Instagram — so easy, in fact, that people do it accidentally: It’s just a quick double tap of the photo once you’ve entered its full view.
The thing is, it’s so easy to do quickly by mistake. So, here’s a quick Instagram cheat for you: To look through someone’s photos without “double-tap paranoia,” scroll through Instagram feeds with your phone set to airplane mode. Without internet access, you won’t be able to Like a photo, even if you accidentally double-tap it.
The pictures won’t load in the first place if you start on airplane mode, though. You’ll have to go to the feed first to load the posts, then turn on airplane mode, then start scrolling. When you reach the end of the first rows of posts and want to load more, simply turn airplane mode off, let more load, and then turn it on again. Cumbersome? Maybe a little, but it could be worth the paranoia mitigation.

21. Browse Posts near your Current Location

One fun thing you can do on Instagram is to browse photos and videos from a specific location, or taken near your current location. I like to do that when I’m planning a trip somewhere, or want to check out a new restaurant and scroll through the pictures taken there.
Tap the magnifying glass icon at the bottom of your home screen, which will bring you to the general search page. When you click into the search bar at the top, four tabs will appear. Choose “Places,”. Tap the search bar, and select “Near Current Location.”

22. Pin your Instagram post to Pinterest

Instagram doesn’t have a natural integration with many social networks (except Facebook, its parent company) for publishing Instagram posts to other social accounts.
But with respect to Pinterest, image-loving platforms stick together. Here’s a backdoor way to Pin your latest Instagram Story to Pinterest:
On the Instagram mobile app, tap a post to view it in full, then tap the three dots to the top-right of the image. Select “Copy Share URL” to attach the picture’s link to your clipboard.

Open the Pinterest mobile app — or download it; you’ll need it for this step — and navigate to your profile page. If you have the latest version of Pinterest downloaded, it might ask you as soon as you open the app if you’d like to produce the image from your clipboard.
If not, select the “+” icon to the top right to add a new pin, and you’ll see a menu of options where you can add your “Copied Link” to a new Pin or board on your profile.

I might be biased, but Instagram is one of the most fun (and visually appealing) social apps around. And now, with these tricks, you can use it to an even fuller extent.
Plus, many of these features can help to enhance your brand’s presence on Instagram. Now, you know how to use the app more efficiently, to make sure you’re only tagged in photos you want to appear on your profile and have even more ways to engage with the people by whom you’d like to be discovered. Also, do let us know in the comment section if we have missed some trick that you know about. 😉

WordPress 5 – “My Way or Highway”

WordPress 5 – “My Way or Highway”

Creativeness and technology help each other a lot. Website designing is a creative work, but led by technology like WordPress, you can be creative without being stressed, because now you can develop a website without writing a single line of code. WordPress team over the last decade has developed into a giant with large communities supporting it.

[mks_pullquote align=”left” width=”300″ size=”24″ bg_color=”#000000″ txt_color=”#ffffff”]Now WordPress has announced a major release named “Gutenberg” which will change the way we develop website using it. WordPress Community is not prepared for it and few believe, it is not going to work and have suggested wordpress team to launch “Gutenberg” as a plugin and should not include it as a part of WordPress Core. WordPress team is not buying these arguments and has made their message loud and clear – “My way or Highway”.[/mks_pullquote]

WordPress 5.0 with a code name “Gutenberg”, which is after the name of Johannes Gutenberg. He was a German blacksmith, goldsmith, inventor, printer, and publisher who also invented revolutionary “Printing Press” in 1439.

It was supposed to be released this month, but has been postponed because of many obvious reasons. One of the reason is that it still has bugs and going through testing phase and another obvious reason is that WordPress community is very large and there are millions of user and developers who might get affected in a good way or bad way. WordPress team just want to ensure that nothing goes wrong.

What is Gutenberg?

Gutenberg is a new WordPress editor – you can even call it a page builder that will implement all the elements of web in the form of blocks and views. You will be able to create page layouts which are futuristic making them elegant and fast. That is the reason why WordPress team is calling it a “NextGen Editor”. They and many others who have full faith in WordPress are giving an argument that this change will take WordPress to the next level. WordPress team believes that new version of WordPress might impose small issues in the beginning but the entire team is ready to take that positively and will get resolved thus paving a way for more useful and futuristic WordPress 5.0.

[mks_pullquote align=”right” width=”300″ size=”24″ bg_color=”#004982″ txt_color=”#ffffff”]Websites have become a norm. More and more people are joining the online community to take their business to next level.  Are you still Confused- Why you need to have a WebSite? Check out[/mks_pullquote]

There are millions of WordPress developers and users who fascinate the WordPress for many reasons. There is a still a huge number of WordPress users who have no option but to stick around WordPress, come what may at least for some more time before they can switch to something else.

Know more about Gutenberg here.

WordPress – Reality Check

The best part of WordPress is that it is open source, and there are tons of companies who’s bread and butter comes from the themes and plugins they develop for this CMS (Content Management System). These companies make money from the support they provide for these themes and plugins, because WordPress as part of software development lifecycle keeps on changing to handle changing requirements, bugs in the previous release or to address issues related to safety and securities.

These changes keep WordPress safe and secured, but force developers to adjust tune up update their themes and plugins. If themes and plugins are not updated as frequently as WordPress it might break your website or leave your website vulnerable to security and safety related threats.

Big Change spin speculations

Loyal WordPress users and developers

There are loyal developers who must have been working around to make sure their themes and plugins work well with WordPress 5.0, but you can’t say the same thing about all the themes and plugins. So there are good amount of chances that your theme or plugins might not behave the way they are suppose to.

That is why it is always suggested to use themes and plugins that are consistently updated and vendor provides a timely support. You can’t say the say the same thing for all the free themes and plugins but most of the premium themes and plugins come with dedicated support system.

Many vendors have been working on “Gutenberg” since the day one, and are already working of updating their themes and plugins. Few others have come out with new themes that are Gutenberg- compatible.

Test before the release

If you own a wordpress website, you will find a link on a dashboard for “Gutenberg” available as a plugin for testing. You should install it to check how well it works with your current theme and plugins installed.

WordPress is based on community led development. Hence when you test this plugin and find some bug or issue you can drop a comment in the forum and can help WordPress developers to fix that bug before the final product gets released. Lots of people are testing and have participated in helping the developers, its because of that the release date has been postponed several  to make sure when WordPress 5.0 is released it is free from errors and bugs.

Developers are using this plugin and documentation provided by WordPress team to update their themes and plugins while many developers are coming with new “Gutenberg” compatible themes to gain ground in the marketplace with the new release of WordPress.

Not happy about WordPress aka “Gutenberg”

There is another set of people who are not in favor of new release. They believe WordPress team is shifting away from the core principles it had started with. Few of the principles listed as part of their philosophy are:

  • Should Work out of the box
  • Designed for Majority
  • User First Approach
  • Clean, Lean and Mean
  • Should strive for simplicity

Gutenberg is built on React, a very popular JavaScript framework. Same framework is used and maintained by companies like Facebook and Instagram. Besides that Gutenberg takes advantage of a lot of modern technologies such as the REST API, ESnext + JSX, WebPack, etc., it is also going to impact developers who will have to learn and adopt these new technologies. This might just slow down the development process and might be difficult update themes and plugins to align with the new release of WordPress.

Those who are not happy with this big change have lot many other options available. There is a good news for those who want to stick around with WordPress only – Scott Bowler – Founder of Holly Social founded another way to handle the situation. He founded ClassicPress a solution for WordPress lovers. ClassiPress is a forked WordPress 4.9.8, which will now be maintained without “Gutenberg” by the WordPress Community who differs in opinion from WordPress team.

Know more about ClassiPress here.

Few other alternatives to WordPress are listed below:


Joomla too just like WordPress is community based CMS and has several thousands of free plugins available. It is also a better multilingual platform. Downside is that Joomla is basically not as developer friendly, nor is it that user-friendly compared to WordPress.


Drupal is actually ideal for advanced websites. It is a RAD tool and will allows rapid prototyping. This feature helps to create a complex site in no time thus saving lots of time and efforts. Downside is that it is comparatively complex and not ideal for beginners. If you are looking for solution to blogging, it is certainly not as good as WordPress.


This is yet another tool which is quite user-friendly and incredibly easy to use. Ideal for beginners. Downside is that some of the templates it provides cannot be customized to user’s need.


This tools is best suited for beginners. Again best for simple websites. Back-end along with overall looks are also functional and user-friendly. You might have to struggle to add Custom Content types or while you try to migrate to some other platforms.


What’s best about Squarespace is that there is no need to sign up for hosting or purchase a domain. Provides options that you will be able to create your own design, simply by drag and drop builder based on content blocks. Comes with beginner-friendly interface and has a nice collection of beautifully designed templates. Downside is that it is not suitable for e-Commerce sites and has expensive plans as compared to others.


By far there are less chances that WordPress will leave you unattended. It is also looking for loyal users who don’t walk away when they can participate by giving timely feedback and developers who can be a huge difference by being there when WordPress needs them. WordPress team feels they need to compete with other similar products and for that these changes are must. Make  a fair choice, that is in your favor in long run.