Threads

Using Threads

Threads is a camera and messaging app from Instagram designed for keeping up with your close friends.

Threads works with your Instagram close friends list, which you can edit at any time in the Instagram app or in Threads. If you don’t have a list, you can set one up on Threads when you download the app.

With Threads, you can:

  • Quickly send a photo or video to a close friend because Threads opens directly to the camera.
  • Share what you’re up to with your close friends. You can choose from different statuses or set your own.

Threads conversations will also remain in the Instagram app, so you can continue accessing your chats in both apps.

Threads is available in the Google Play Store and the App Store.

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To send a photo or video to your close friends:

  1. From the camera, tap to take a photo or press and hold to take a video. You can also tap or press and hold the profile photo of a close friend to take a photo or video.
  2. You can tap:
    • View Once to let the person receiving your photo or video only view it once.
    • Replay to loop your photo or video and to let the recipient open and replay your photo or video one more time before it disappears.
    • Keep in Chat to keep a preview image of the photo or video visible in the chat.
  3. Tap and then tap Share or tap the profile photo of your close friend to send.
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In addition to sending a photo or video on Threads, you can send a message. To send a message:

  1. From the camera, tap or swipe down.
  2. Tap the username of one of your close friends to open your conversation with them.
  3. From the chat, you can:
    • Type a message and tap Send.
    • Tap in the top right to begin a video chat.
    • Tap in the bottom left to send a photo or video.
    • Tap to send a picture from your camera roll or gallery.
    • Tap to send a sticker or GIF.
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Keep in mind that everyone you add to the group chat must already be on your close friends list.

To create a group chat on Threads:

  1. From the camera, tap at the top.
  2. Tap in the top left.
  3. Tap Create Group.
  4. Tap the usernames of your close friends to create a group chat.
  5. Tap Create.

Note: Any recent group chats in Instagram with your close friends will be automatically imported into Threads.

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To add your status on Threads:

  1. From the camera, tap at the top.
  2. Tap your profile picture at the top.
  3. You can:
    • Select one of the available statuses.
    • Create your own custom status by tapping + New. Keep in mind that you must also set an emoji to set a custom status.
    • Tap next to Auto Status to allow Threads to update your status for you based on your location, movement, battery level and network connection. For example, if your phone is moving fast, an Auto Status could say you’re “on the move.” If you’re near a gym, your Auto Status might say that you’re “at the gym.” Keep in mind that close friends can’t see the exact location of these activities.
  4. Tap to close.

To remove your status on Threads:

  1. From the camera, tap at the top.
  2. Tap your profile picture at the top.
  3. Tap your existing status to deselect it or tap next to Auto Status to turn it off.
  4. Tap to close.

Keep in mind that only your close friends can see your status.

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Adjusting Your Settings

Keep in mind that adding someone to your close friends list on Threads means that they’ll also be added to your close friends list on Instagram.

To edit your close friends list:

  1. From the camera, tap at the top.
  2. Tap in the top left.
  3. Tap Close Friends.
  4. Tap next to your friend’s name to add or remove them from your close friends list.
  5. Tap Done.

Note: People won't be notified when you add or remove them from your list. People on your close friends list will know they're on it, but they can't see who else is on your list. Only you can see your close friends list, and no one can request to be added.

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You can change the theme (example: Midnight theme for a darker screen) on Threads.

To change your theme:

  1. From the camera, tap at the top.
  2. Tap in the top left.
  3. Tap Themes (iPhone) or Choose Theme (Android).
  4. Select a theme.
  5. Tap OK, then to close (iPhone).
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You can choose to save all photos and videos you take on Threads to your camera roll or gallery.

To save your original photos and videos that you take on Threads:

  1. From the camera, tap at the top.
  2. Tap in the top left.
  3. Tap next to Save Original Photos.
  4. Tap to close.
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This feature is only available on the Threads app for iPhone.

You can change the text capitalization style of all messages that you send on Threads.

To change the text style:

  1. From the camera, tap at the top.
  2. Tap in the top left.
  3. Tap Text Style.
  4. Select Default, lowercase or UPPERCASE capitalization style.
  5. Tap to close.
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You can change the order that your close friends appear on your camera home screen of Threads.

To change the order:

  1. From the camera, tap at the top.
  2. Tap in the top left.
  3. Tap Customize Camera.
  4. Tap and hold the usernames of your close friends to reorder up to 8 shortcuts on your camera.
  5. Tap to close.
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To log out or switch accounts on Threads:

  1. From the camera, tap at the top.
  2. Tap in the top left.
  3. Tap Log Out.
  4. If you want to switch to a different account on Threads, tap Switch Accounts at the bottom and then log in to your Instagram account to use Threads.
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