Posting and Adding Locations

Posting Photos

To upload a photo or take a new one, first tap at the top, then scroll to Post at the bottom:

  • To upload a photo from your phone's library, select the photo you'd like to share.
  • To take a new photo, tap above your phone's library. 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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You can upload up to 10 photos and videos and share them as a single post in Feed:

  1. Tap at the top to view your phone's library.
  2. Tap .
  3. Select up to 10 photos and videos from your phone's library. To adjust how each photo or video is cropped, tap it then touch the screen to adjust how it fits in the frame. Keep in mind that the orientation you choose (square, portrait or landscape) affects all of the photos or videos in your post. You can't select a different orientation for each photo or video. When you're done, tap Next in the top right.
  4. Tap a filter at the bottom of the screen to apply it to every photo and video you've selected, or tap a photo or video to edit it and add filters individually.
  5. To change the order of your photos and videos, tap and hold one then drag it to another spot. To remove a photo or video from your post, tap and hold one, then drag it to . When you're done, tap Next in the top right.
  6. You can add one location and caption for your entire post, and tag someone in each individual photo. Tap Tag People, then swipe to find the photo you'd like to tag someone in.
  7. Tap Share.

In Feed, you'll see the first photo or video from your post with a row of dots below it. People can swipe to see the rest of the photos or videos you've shared. On your profile, you’ll see the first photo or video from your post with in the top right. From your profile, you can tap the post, then swipe to view the rest of the photos and videos you've shared.

People can like and comment on your post just like a regular post. Comments and likes appear on the entire post, rather than on the individual photos and videos that are part of your post.

After you've shared a post with multiple photos and videos, you can edit the caption, edit the location and accounts you've tagged in your post. While you're not able to reorder, edit or delete parts of the posts you've shared, you can delete the post.

Keep in mind that posts containing multiple videos may take longer to upload. If your post contains multiple videos, make sure you're connected to a reliable network.

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To add a caption to your photo or video:

  1. Tap at the top.
  2. Take a photo or video or choose one from your phone's library.
  3. Tap Next. You can also add effects or filters.
  4. Tap Next again, and then tap Write a caption...
  5. Enter your caption and tap OK, then tap Share.

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

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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 to your post, then tap Done (iPhone) or (Android).

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

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

  1. Tap Edit, then 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 Cancel to cancel or Done to save your change.

You can also add effects to your photo.

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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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You can rotate a photo after taking it or uploading it from your phone's library. To rotate your photo:

  1. Tap Edit at the bottom of the screen, then tap Adjust.
  2. Tap (iPhone) or (Android) in the top right to rotate your photo.
  3. Tap Cancel to cancel or Done to save your change.
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You can save photos that you've filtered and edited on Instagram to your phone. To save your photos to your phone:

  1. Tap or your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile.
  2. Tap in the top right, then tap instagram-settingsSettings.
  3. Tap Account, then tap Original Photos (iPhone) or Original Posts (Android).
  4. Tap next to Save Original Photos (iPhone) or Save Original Posts (Android) to turn it on.

When you have Save Original Photos or Save Original Posts turned on, every photo you post on Instagram will also be saved to your phone's library.

Note: People using Instagram on Android may see a delay in photos appearing in their phone’s Instagram photo album.

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When you share a photo on Instagram, regardless of whether you're using Instagram for iPhone or Android, we make sure to upload it at the best quality resolution possible (up to a width of 1080 pixels).

When you share a photo that has a width between 320 and 1080 pixels, we keep that photo at its original resolution as long as the photo's aspect ratio is between 1.91:1 and 4:5 (a height between 566 and 1350 pixels with a width of 1080 pixels). If the aspect ratio of your photo isn't supported, it will be cropped to fit a supported ratio. If you share a photo at a lower resolution, we enlarge it to a width of 320 pixels. If you share a photo at a higher resolution, we size it down to a width of 1080 pixels.

If you want to make sure that your photo is shared with a width of 1080 pixels:

  • Download the most recent version of the Instagram app.
  • Upload a photo with a width of at least 1080 pixels with an aspect ratio between 1.91:1 and 4:5.
  • Make sure you're using a phone with a high-quality camera as different phones have cameras of varying qualities.
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Posting Videos

To upload a video or record a new one, first tap at the top, then scroll to Post at the bottom:

  • To upload a video from your phone's library, select the video you'd like to share.
  • To record a video, tap above your phone's library. Tap and hold to start recording, and lift your finger to stop. You can tap to switch between front and rear-facing cameras.

Keep in mind that the maximum video length is 60 seconds. Once you've recorded or uploaded a video, you can apply a filter, add a caption and add your location before sharing.

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

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Your video can be 3 to 60 seconds long.

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Below a video, you can see a count of how many times it's been viewed. A video's view count is visible to anyone who can see the post. Note that you're not able to see the number of views for videos that you've shared as part of a post with multiple photos and videos.

A video's view count doesn't include video loops, and a view is counted when a video is watched for 3 seconds or more.

Keep in mind that view counts will only show up on videos that were uploaded after November 19, 2015.

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To see a video's likes, first tap the view count below the video. From there, you can see the number of likes a video has and who's liked it.

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It may take some time before a video view shows up. If video views aren't showing up, try checking back later. Note that you can't see the number of video views if your video is part of a post with multiple photos and videos.

Also, keep in mind that video views only include views from within the Instagram app, and not from other places like an embedded post or from a browser. If your account is set to private, you may not see the video view count until your video has reached a certain number of video views.

Video view counts will only show up on videos that were added after November 19, 2015.

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Adding Locations

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 location 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.

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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.

Add a location

To add a location:

  1. Tap (iPhone) or (Android) above your photo or video.
  2. Tap Edit.
  3. Tap Add Location and enter the location.
  4. Tap Done (iPhone) or (Android).

Edit a location

To edit a location:

  1. Tap (iPhone) or (Android) above your photo or video.
  2. Tap Edit.
  3. Tap the location name, then tap Remove Location or Change Location (iPhone), or tap Find a Location... or tap X next to Select a Location (Android).
  4. Tap Done (iPhone) or (Android).
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No, you can't create a new location on Instagram.

If you already have a business profile on Instagram, you can add an address to your business profile so people will know where your business is located.

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