How to Use Instagram: 24 Tips for Beginners

Are you snap happy? Then you probably have Instagram on your phone. The photo-sharing app has 1 billion monthly users; 500 million use it daily.

There have been many (Snapchat-influenced) upgrades to the platform since it was sold to Facebook; so many that Instagram’s co-founders resigned without warning. Kevin Systrom often stressed that what he loved most about his creation was its simplicity.

Get some face time without FaceTime
If you want to video chat with someone who slides into your DMs but don’t want to exchange phone numbers, chat right in Instagram. When you’re in a DM, tap the video camera icon to start a call. If you’re in a group chat, the video call can include everyone. To select who can video chat you, go to Settings > Notifications > Direct Messages. Under Video Chats, choose whether to turn it off, only receive calls from those you follow, or to receive them from everyone.

One way to share your favorite music or movies is to give them a shoutout in Stories. To post a song, album, artist, or podcast from Spotify to Stories, for example, go to Spotify, tap the ellipsis after the item, then Share, and select Instagram Stories. The same goes for anything on Netflix.

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