Photo Taking, Editing and Sharing
Taking and Sharing Photos
Use the diagram below to explore the camera screen:
- Cancel will close the camera and bring you back to where you were in the app
- 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 crop photos that you select from your phone's photo library. If you want to crop a photo you take using the Instagram app, simply go back to the camera view and select the photo from your library.
To crop a photo, touch the screen and pinch to move the photo and adjust what fits within the frame. Use the grid to help you frame the photo. Check out the diagram below to navigate around the Scale & Crop screen:
- Cancel will bring you back to where you were in the app.
- Tap Crop to select what you want within the frame and to move on to the filter screen.
- If you'd like a different photo from your library, choose one from below. Drag the three lines upward to expand the number of images visible 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 phone or tablet, 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 to add a caption and location and to share your photo.
- Tap to rotate your image.
- Tap to turn borders on and off.
- Tap to choose between a linear ( - ), 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'd like to make adjustments to your photo before sharing it, tap Edit to go back.
- Add a caption for your photo. You can also mention another person on Instagram or add hashtags.
- Add the photo to your Photo Map by turning the switch on.
- Tap here to name the location where the photo was taken. You can choose an existing location or create a new one.
- Share your photo to other social networks.
- Tap Share when you're ready to share your photo on Instagram!
Public places that are on both Foursquare and Facebook (ex: the Statue of Liberty, Ritual Roaster Coffee and so on) can be added to your Instagram posts. In some cases, places that were created by individuals may no longer appear immediately. You can search for the place or easily create a new place on Facebook and use it going forward.
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.
To approve/deny the request, just tap the username of the person who requested to follow you. You'll be brought to their profile and at the top of you should see the Approve and Deny options.
If you accidentally deny a follow request, ask the person to request to follow you again.
Adding tags to your photos and videos is a great way to find new followers and share your posts with more people. But hashtags can be tricky. To get the most out of them, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind. We’ll use this photo of a beautiful Volkswagen van as an example!
Choosing specific tags will help you connect with other like-minded people on Instagram. For this photo, instead of using the tag #van, we could use #vwvan. The photo will be added to that highly targeted tag page, where other Volkswagen lovers will be able to find the photo more easily (without sifting through photos of Toyota Siennas and Chevy Astros). It's best to avoid using generalized tags, such as #instagram or #iphone, as these types of tags can be applied to most, if not all, photographs shared with Instagram.
Make it easy for other like-minded Instagrammers to find you by making sure your tags describe your post. Using very general tags like #photo might get you a few likes, but with over 700,000 photos tagged #photo, it isn’t the best way to make your photos stand out and connect with the people most like you. Relevant tags will help you attract new followers who will take a genuine interest in your posts and continue liking and commenting on your photos and videos over time. For the photo above, in addition to #vwbus, we could use the tag #volkswagen.
Pay attention to the other hashtags used on posts that use the same tag as yours. You may discover a popular hashtag you hadn’t thought of on your own. For example, on photos tagged #volkswagen, we can see that many of those photos also use the tag #vw. When you do a search for those tags, you’ll find out that Instagrammers use #vw to describe their Volkswagen photos more than twice as often as they use #volkswagen!
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 someone by going to their profile and tapping Following. This will change to Follow to let you know you've unfollowed that person. People won't be notified when you unfollow them.
To get to someone's profile, tap Explore and then use the search bar at the top of the page to find someone 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 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.
Instagram is a great way to share your life moments through photos and videos, but we have to ask that you don’t share photos or videos of someone else’s life.
Our service is a bit unique because we don't claim any ownership over what you post on Instagram. That means you retain the ownership rights to the photos/videos you upload. Since people own the rights to the photos and videos they've 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 people have uploaded with that hashtag. Read our blog for more tips on using hashtags!
Keep in mind:
- When people who've made their profile private tag posts, they won't appear publicly on tag pages.
- Numbers are allowed in hashtags. However, special characters, such as $ or %, won't work.
- You can only tag your own posts, not 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 on hashtags. Instead, search hashtags by navigating to the Explore tab > Search users and hashtags > Hashtags.
Editing and Deleting
You can delete comments you made on other people's photos or videos, as well as comments people leave on your posts. To delete a comment:iPhone and iPad
- Tap Comment under the photo
- Swipe to the left over the comment you'd like to delete
- Tap and then choose if you want to Delete or Delete & Report Abuse
- Tap under the photo
- Tap or press and hold the comment you want to delete
- Choose if you want to Delete Comment or Delete Comment and Report Abuse
This feature isn't available right now on Windows Phone.
To delete a photo or video that you've shared, tap (iPhone and Windows Phone) or(Android) under your post and then tap Delete.
Keep in mind that it isn't possible right now to delete multiple photos at the same time.
Read our tips blog post that features creative examples of combining photos.