Photo Taking, Editing and Sharing

Taking and Sharing Photos

To upload a photo or take a new one, first tap at the bottom of the screen:

  • To upload a photo from your phone's library, tap Library at the bottom of the screen and select the photo you'd like to share.
  • To take a new photo, tap Photo at the bottom of the screen then tap . You can tap to switch between front and rear-facing cameras and to adjust flash.

Once you've taken or uploaded a photo, you can add effects or filters, a caption and your location before posting. You can also post a video.

Note: You can't take or upload photos from a desktop computer.

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After you've uploaded or taken a new photo, you can crop it. To crop a photo:

  1. Tap > Adjust .
  2. Touch the screen and pinch to zoom in. Then move the photo and adjust how it fits within the frame. Use the grid to help you frame the photo.
  3. Tap to cancel or to save your change.

You can also add effects to your photo.

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Once you've selected a photo or video from your phone or tablet's photo library, you can choose to share it as a portrait or landscape instead of a square:

  1. Tap to switch the photo from a square to a portrait or landscape.
  2. You can touch the screen to move the photo and adjust how it fits within the frame. Use the grid to help you frame the photo.
  3. Tap Next to apply effects or a filter.

Once you share it, the photo or video will appear as a portrait or landscape in Feed. You can share photos and videos with aspect ratios between 1.91:1 and 4:5.

Note: In grid view on your profile, photos shared as a portrait or landscape will appear as a center-cropped square.

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When you take a photo using the Instagram in-app camera or upload a photo from your phone's library, you can straighten it with the Adjust tool. Once you upload a photo:

  1. Take or upload a photo, then tap Edit at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap Adjust , then swipe the slider left or right to straighten the photo. Use the grid to help you frame the photo.
  3. Tap Cancel to cancel or tap Done to save your change.
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After you take or choose a photo or video and add any effects or filters you want, you can add a caption. Tap where it says Write a caption.... Add your caption and tap OK. Then tap Share to upload your post.

Learn how to add or edit the caption of a photo or video you've already posted.

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After you upload or take a photo or video and add any effects or filters you want, you can add your location. To add your location:

  1. Tap Add Location
  2. Find your location in the suggestions or search for the location and select it
  3. Tap Share

You can also use a public Facebook event as a location. Just like a place page, you can tap the event name to view all photos and videos shared publicly at that event or location.

You can also add or edit the location of a photo or video you've already posted. Adding a custom location is no longer supported.

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Custom locations created in the past will still appear on existing posts, but you can't add custom locations to new posts. You can search for an existing place or create a new place on Facebook and use it going forward.

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Public location pages on Facebook can be added to your Instagram posts. If the location you're looking for does not currently exist, you can create a new one on Facebook. To create a new location, log into Facebook on your smartphone and create the location. As soon as the location is created on Facebook, you'll be able to add it to your Instagram posts.

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Adding Filters and Effects

Once you've taken a photo or video, or selected one from your phone or tablet, you can edit it by applying filters:

  1. Tap Next, then tap the filter you’d like to apply.
  2. Tap the filter again if you want to adjust filter strength up or down using the slider. Tap Done to save your change.
  3. Tap Next to add a caption and location and to share your photo.
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You can personalize your filters by adding, hiding and rearranging the filters you see when posting a photo or video.

Start by uploading a photo or video and swiping all the way to the right on your filters, until you reach the end. Then tap Manage. From there, you can:

  • Add a filter: Tap the filter you'd like to add. You'll see next to the filters that currently appear when you post a photo or video.
  • Hide a filter: Tap the filter you'd like to hide. You'll see next to filters that are hidden.
  • Rearrange your filters: Tap and hold the filter you'd like to move. Then drag it to the position you'd like.

When you've finished personalizing your filters, tap Done to return to your photo or video.

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If you don't see one of your filters, you can find it on your Manage Filters page. You'll see next to the filters that appear when you're editing a photo and next to the filters that are hidden. To add a hidden filter back:

  1. Swipe all the way to the right on your filters, until you reach the end. Then tap Manage.
  2. Tap the filter you'd like to add.
  3. Tap Done to return to your photo.

Learn more about managing your filters.

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You can edit photos you take or upload from your phone's library. Once you've taken or uploaded a photo, tap Next then tap Edit at the bottom of the screen. Learn more about the effects you can create:

  • Tap Adjust to change the photo's vertical or horizontal perspective.
  • Tap Brightness to make your photo brighter or darker.
  • Tap Contrast to make the bright areas of your photo brighter and the dark areas darker.
  • Tap Structure to bring out the detail and texture in your photo.
  • Tap Warmth to shift the colors of your photo towards warmer orange tones or cooler blue tones.
  • Tap Saturation to increase or decrease the color intensity of the image (ex: adjust up to make the red redder).
  • Tap Color to add a color (yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, blue, cyan or green) to either the shadows or highlights of your photo. Tap the color you want to use twice to adjust the strength of the color.
  • Tap Fade to give your photo an aged look.
  • Tap Highlights to adjust the focus on the bright areas of the image.
  • Tap Shadows to adjust focus on the dark areas of the image.
  • Tap Vignette to darken the edges of the photo. Adding a vignette can direct the attention away from the edges towards the center of the photo.
  • Tap Sharpen to add crispness to your photo and make the photo appear clearer.
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Before posting a photo, you can tap on it anywhere to see what the original version looks like.

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In preview mode, a gray dot will appear below each of the effects you’ve applied to your photo. For example, a gray dot below Brightness means you’ve adjusted the brightness of your photo.

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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. Follow Requests will appear in your Activity.

To approve or deny a request, tap the username of the person who requested to follow you. You'll be taken to their profile. Tap to approve the request or to deny the request.

If you accidentally deny a follow request, ask the person to request to follow you again.

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You can stop following someone by going to their profile and tapping Following. To unfollow someone:

  1. Go to the profile of the person you'd like to unfollow
  2. Tap Following then tap Unfollow to confirm

Once you've unfollowed someone, their profile will say Follow instead of Following. People won't be notified when you unfollow them.

Note: The only way to remove someone from your followers is to block them. When you block someone, the blocked person can't see your photos/videos or search for your Instagram account. The blocked person isn't notified when they're blocked.

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Instagram is a great way to share your life moments through photos and videos, but you shouldn't share someone else’s photos or videos as if they were your own.

You own the photos and videos you post on Instagram. We ask that you respect other members of the Instagram community and don’t share content that isn’t yours. If you want to express your excitement over a beautiful post, it’s best to comment or double tap on the image to like it.

You can also send a post as a message to one or more people using Instagram Direct. Posts sent as a direct message are only visible to people who can already see them. This means if you send a post from a private account as a message, only people who follow that account will be able to see the post.

Learn more about reporting potential copyright infringements.

To read more about our policies, visit our Community Guidelines.

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You can add hashtags in the caption or comments of your post. If you add hashtags to a post that's set to public, the post will be visible on the corresponding hashtag page.

To tag a photo or video with a hashtag:

  1. Take or upload a photo or video
  2. Choose to add a filter, then type # followed by text or emoji in the Caption field (ex: #flower)
  3. If you want to add a hashtag to a post you've already uploaded, edit the caption or include your hashtag in a comment on your photo

After you tag your post with a hashtag, you'll be able to tap the hashtag to see a page that shows all photos and videos people have uploaded with that hashtag.

Things to keep in mind:

  • When people with private profiles tag posts, they won't appear publicly on hashtag pages.
  • Numbers are allowed in hashtags. However, spaces and special characters, like $ or %, won't work.
  • You can only tag your own posts. You can't tag other people's photos/videos.
  • You can use up to 30 tags on a post. If you include more than 30 tags on a single photo/video, your comment won't post.
  • Older versions of Apple iOS don't support tapping hashtags. Instead, search hashtags by going to Search & Explore > Search > Tags.
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Editing and Deleting

On your own posts, you can delete your or other people's comments. On other people's posts, you can only delete comments you've left. To delete a comment:

iOS
  1. Tap below the photo
  2. Swipe to the left over the comment you'd like to delete
  3. Tap
Android
  1. Tap below the photo.
  2. Tap the comment you'd like to delete. You can tap multiple comments if you want to delete more than one comment at the same time.
  3. Tap at the top of the screen.
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To delete a photo or video that you've posted, tap (iPhone and Windows Phone) or(Android) above your post and then tap Delete.

It isn't possible right now to delete multiple posts at the same time.

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You can use Layout from Instagram to combine multiple photos into one. Download Layout for iPhone or Android.

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You can add a caption to a photo or video you've already shared, or edit or delete the caption you originally included. To add, edit or delete a caption:

  1. Tap (iPhone) or (Android) above your photo or video
  2. Tap Edit
  3. Edit, delete or add a caption, then tap Done

When you tap below a post, the word Edited will appear above captions that have been edited.

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You can add a location to a photo or video you've already shared or edit the location you originally included. To add or edit your location, first tap above your photo or video. Then tap Edit.

  • To add a location: Tap Add Location... and enter the location.
  • To edit a location: Tap the location name > Change Location. Then choose a new location or remove the location tag from your post.
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You can remove any of the effects you’ve applied as long as your post is in preview mode and you haven’t shared it yet. A gray dot appears under each of the effects you've applied to the photo.

To undo or remove an effect:

  1. Tap the tool you used
  2. Adjust the slider back to 0
  3. Tap to save your change
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