Exploring Photos and Videos

Viewing Photos and Videos

Activity helps you stay up-to-date on recent activity from people you're following.

Tap and then Following at the top to see activity from people you follow. Tap You to see the most recent activity for you, including people who've started following you, @ mentions for you and likes and comments on your photos and videos. Note that the Following tab won't work for those who follow more than 1000 people.

Your activity on Instagram will be displayed in Following for anyone who follows you. If your account is set to private, only the people you've approved to follow you will see your activity.

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Apple iOS

Tap the status bar at the top of your screen (where the time and battery level are displayed), or double tap automatically scroll to the top of your Activity.

Android

Tap the blue Instagram bar at the top of the app, or double tap to automatically scroll to the top of your Activity.

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Search & Explore shows you photos, videos and people that you might like. We’re always working to update the types of posts and people you see in Search & Explore to better tailor it to you. For example, we may show you photos and videos liked by people whose posts you’ve liked and/or posts that are liked by a large number of people in the Instagram community.

A notification will appear in Activity if your post appears on Search & Explore because it’s trending in the Instagram community. You'll also get a push notification if you have notifications turned on for Instagram.

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If you see a post in Search & Explore, it doesn’t mean that everyone else is seeing it. We’re always working to update the types of posts you see in Search & Explore to better tailor it to you. For example, we may show you photos and videos that people you follow have liked or are liked by a large number of people.

Only photos and videos shared publicly will show up in Search & Explore. We don’t show photos from people who’ve set their profile to private or posts shared between people using Instagram Direct.

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Liking Photos and Videos

Just double tap a photo or video to like it or tap ❤ below the post. If you’ve accidentally liked a post, tap the ❤ button below the image to unlike it.

When you unlike a post, the story that you liked the photo or video will disappear from Activity. If the person who shared the post has push notifications turned on, they'll still get the notification that you liked the photo or video.

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Commenting on Photos and Videos

For Apple iOS, press and hold a username in any comment thread to automatically start a comment with that username already @ mentioned.

This feature isn't available right now on Android.

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Apple iOS

Yes, you can use your phone's built-in emoji (on iOS 5) or download an emoji app.

Keep in mind that Instagram doesn't offer emoji from the app. If you're having trouble seeing emoji, try these troubleshooting tips.

Android

Emoji aren't available on Android and won't be visible when other people use them, with the exception of the heart and airplane icons.

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Searching for Photos and Videos

Instagram saves your most recent searches in Search & Explore to make it easier for you to find your favorite people and hashtags again quickly. Clearing your search info is easy:

  • Tap
  • Tap on Android or on iPhone
  • Scroll down and then tap Clear Search History
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To view the 300 most-recent posts you've liked, go to your account settings in the app and then tap Posts You've Liked. You won't be able to view posts you've liked on the web.

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