Mentions

Mention other Instagrammers on a post and they'll be notified in their Activity.

To mention someone, type @ followed immediately by their username (ex: "great photo, @shayne!"). Don't include a space between @ and the username.

When you mention someone, they'll get a notification in their Activity feed letting them know.

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You'll receive a notification in Activity when someone:

  • Likes or comments on one of your posts
  • Mentions you in a comment (ex: "great photo, @shayne!")
  • Starts following you or requests to follow you
  • Tags you in a photo
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Yes, someone you blocked can mention your username on Instagram, but this mention won't appear in your Activity. If you block someone and then change your username, they won't be able to mention you unless they know your new username.

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If someone with a private profile mentions someone who isn't one of their approved followers on a photo or video, the person mentioned won't get a notification in the You section of Activity and they won't get a push notification.

If someone with a private profile leaves a comment on a photo that a public Instagrammer uploaded, their comment will be visible and their username will be clickable below that photo.

If someone with a private profile sends a photo/video to a specific group of people with Instagram Direct, only people who follow the private profile will be able to see the comments or mentions associated with that photo/video.

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Reply to someone in a comment thread by mentioning them in your comment. They'll get a notification in their activity feed to view the comment.

To reply to someone on iOS:

  1. Go to the photo or post
  2. Tap any comment
  3. Tap Reply and add your comment

You can also press and hold any username in the comment thread to automatically start a comment mentioning that username.

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