Instagram Hacks: New Features Tips And Tricks To Make You An Insta-Whizz

23 July 2018, 16:29 | Updated: 23 July 2018, 17:11

Instagram. Picture: Various

By Josh Lee

While it may have just started as a place to make it look like your photos had been soaked in tea overnight, Instagram has grown from a sepia factory into one of the most versatile social media apps on the planet. As the photo-sharing app grows, Instagram's new features increase, and as it's popularity increases, users find more and more hacks, tips and tricks that'll help you surf, post and chat with ease. We've gathered all the most burning Instagram tips, as well as new functions, right here - so if you have a question about Instagram, chances are the answer will be below:

How do you make an Instagram Highlight?

Instagram Highlights allow you to gather all your stories from a particular event, or based on a certain theme, and store them permanently for the world to see on your profile, just below your own profile pic. Here's how to make them:

1. On your profile, tap the circular icon with the "+" symbol to make a new Instagram Highlight.

2. Choose the stories you want to add in the highlight, from the selection available (please not you can't add images and videos that haven't been on your Story to a highlight.

3. Hit "next" when you've added all your Stories, and choose a name for your Highlight

4. If you want to use your own image for the Highlight cover, tap "edit cover" and choose either an image from your library, or a crop from one of the Stories you're including in the Highlight.

How to make Instagram Highlight covers

If you want to have a custom cover for your Instagram highlight, there are a number of ways to achieve this. If you're a design pro, fire up InDesign or Photoshop to get started. However, if the sight of a vector has you feeling a little queasy, there are a few sites that will allow you to make cool icon Instagram Highlight covers for free:

1. Canva has a number of free icon options, and some paid for (but still cheap!) options.

2. IconsFlow gives you a few free icons before they start charging.

Can people see when you're online on Instagram?

They can! As of July 2018, a little green dot appears next to your name for anyone who follows you, or you've DM'd with, alerting them to the fact that you're online. Don't worry though, if you don't want your Instagram activity status to show that you're online, you can turn it off by following the instructions here:

I want to stop people following me without blocking them on Instagram

If you've been on the platform for a while, chances are you've picked up some followers who you no longer want seeing your day-to-day life on Instagram. Of course, you can block them, but it seems a little confrontational, right? Never fear, Instagram allows all private accounts to remove followers without blocking them, and appears to be rolling it out to public accounts too. Find out how to do it here.

Is Instagram's "Ask Me Anything" feature anonymous?

When Instagram launched their brand new feature for Insta Stories that allows you to submit questions to someone you follow, a lot of people got very reckless with their inquisitiveness, assuming that the new feature was anonymous. However, Instagram Stories' Questions feature is absolutely NOT anonymous - so be careful!

What are the best apps to edit and customise Instagram Stories

Insta stories are outrageously popular, but with the strict 9:16 dimensions, making your stories unique can be a challenge. Luckily there are LOADS of hacks and apps to turn your Instagram Stories into mini works of art - check them all out here.

How do you get different fonts on Instagram Stories?

Insta stories have recently expanded the number of fonts you can write in, to help you express yourself as well as possible. Changing font couldn't be easier - once you've typed out what you want to say in your Instagram Story, tap the font selection that is at the top of your screen until you find the font you want to use.

How do you change the font for your Instagram bio and captions?

On many Instagram profiles, you'll see strange fonts used on the user's profile, and even in photo captions. Getting small fonts for your Instagram is super easy, you just need to find the right website to do it! Cool Symbol allows you to convert text into a huge range of different styles, so we highly recommend using it.