Photo Taking, Editing and Sharing
Taking and Sharing Photos
- Cancel will close the camera and bring you back to the last tab you were on
- Tap to switch the photo grid on/off
- Tap to switch between the front-facing and back-facing camera
- Tap to choose between always using your phone's flash, auto detecting flash, or never using flash
- Tap here to select a photo from your library
- Tap the shutter button to capture your photo
- Tap the video icon to record video
You can only crop photos that you select from your photo library. If you want to crop a photo you take using the Instagram app, simply return to the camera view and select the photo from your library.
To crop a photo, pinch and move the photo to adjust what content fits within the frame. Use the grid to aid in framing the photo. Check out the diagram below to navigate around the Scale & Crop screen:
- Cancel will bring you back to the last tab you were on.
- Tap Crop to select the content within the frame, and to move on to the filter screen.
- If you'd like to select a different photo from your library, choose one from below. Drag the three lines upward to expand the number of images visibile in your library.
When you take a photo using the Instagram in-app camera, you can straighten it automatically by tapping from the Edit screen.
If you're uploading a photo from your phone's library, you can use the dial at the bottom to straighten the photo manually. You can also rotate a photo by tapping .
Photo straightening is currently only available for the iPhone and Android apps.
Once you've taken a photo or selected one from your device, you can edit it by applying effects and filters. Use the diagram below to navigate around the Photo Edit screen:
- Tap Library to choose a different photo.
- Tap Next if you're satisfied with your image in order to continue to add a caption, location & share.
- Tap to rotate your image.
- Tap to turn borders on and off.
- Tap to choose between a liniar ( - ), radial ( o ), or no tilt shift.
- Tap turn Lux on or off. Read more about Lux here.
- If you'd like to apply a filter, select one from the tray. Swipe to the side to see additional filters.
- If you would like to make adjustments to your image before publishing it, tap Edit to go back.
- Add a caption for your photo here. You can also mention another user or add hashtags.
- Add the photo to your Photo Map by toggling the ON/OFF switch.
- Tap here to name the location where the photo was taken.
- Share your image to other social networks.
- Tap Share when you're ready to share your photo on Instagram!
Connecting With Others
If your account is set to private, anyone who wants to see your photos or videos will have to send you a follower request that will appear in your News Feed.
To approve/deny the request, just tap on the username of the user who requested to follow you. You'll be brought to their profile page, at the top of which you should see the Approve and Deny options.
If you accidentally deny a follow request, ask the person to request to follow you again.
After tagging the post with relevant and specific tags, you may also find that people sharing photos similar to yours are using even more specialized tags that you hadn’t thought of originally. For our photo, we found that photos tagged #vw and #vwvan also use #vwbus.
You can stop following a user by navigating to their profile page and tapping the "Following" button, which will change to "Follow" to signal that you've unfollowed them. The user you unfollowed will not be notified when you unfollow them.
To get to the user's profile page, just tap the Explore tab and, using the search bar at the top of the page, locate the user by their username or their full name.
The only way to remove someone from your list of followers is to block them. When you block a user, the blocked user cannot view your photos/videos or search for your Instagram account. The blocked user is not notified when they are blocked.
Our service is a bit unique because we do not claim ANY ownership over what you post on Instagram. That means you retain the ownership rights to the content you upload. Since users own the rights to the photos and videos they have shared, we ask that that same spirit of copyright ownership is respected by everyone. If you want to express your excitement over a beautiful post, it’s best to double tap on the image to like it!
- Take a photo/video and choose a filter
- On the screen you see after choosing a filter, type your #hashtag in the Caption field (example: #flower)
- If you want to tag a post you've already uploaded, just include your #hashtag in a comment on your photo
After you tag your post with a hashtag, you'll be able to tap on the hashtag to see a page that shows all photos and videos users have uploaded with that hashtag. Read our blog post for more tips on using hashtags!
- Private users' tagged posts will not appear publicly on tag pages.
- Numbers are allowed in hashtags. However, special characters, such as $ or %, will not work.
- You can only tag your own posts, not other users' photos/videos.
- The limit on the number of tags you can use on a post is 30. If you include more than 30 tags on a single photo/video, your comment will fail to post.
- Older versions of Apple iOS do not support tapping on hashtags. Instead, search hashtags by navigating to the Profile tab > Search Instagram > Tags.
Editing and Deleting
You can delete comments you wrote on other peoples photos or videos, as well as comments others leave on your posts. To delete a comment:Apple iOS Devices
- Tap the Comment button below the photo
- Swipe your finger to the right over the comment you'd like to delete in order to reveal a trash can icon & a reply icon
- Tap the trash can icon and select to Delete & Report Abuse or Delete
- Tap the Comment button below the photo
- Tap the pencil icon in the top right corner of the comments screen
- Tap the red X next to the comment you'd like to delete, then Delete
- tap the ... link in the bottom right of your post
- Tap the red Delete button
Here's a tips blog we wrote that features creative examples: http://blog.instagram.com/post/12302863597/combiningphotos