Nowadays, who hasn’t heard of Instagram? Originally released in 2010, the mobile app allows you to easily and conveniently upload pictures onto your account- in other words, it is a photo-sharing platform. Once you’ve registered for an account, which takes a matter of seconds, you can easily choose which photos to post from your camera roll. But wait, that’s not all- Instagram also allows you to tweak the image using various digital filters that are provided. Aside from still images, videos- as of 2013, are also supported on the app.
As with all social media platforms, one of the main goals for users is to attain a sizable following. In order for people to like, and hopefully follow your account, your posts must receive some degree of exposure. One way to do this is by attaching hashtags to your posts- think of these as tags that help other people to find and locate your content. In addition to this, you are also able to attach locations to images or videos- this is called geotagging.
Since its inception, Instagram has grown to become one of the most popular social media platforms in the world. Considering it’s popularity, it’s not surprising that new features are constantly added to the app. In the summer of 2016, the company introduced the notion of “Stories”- that is, the ability for users to share images or videos that are automatically deleted after a period of 24 hours. Once you’ve uploaded something to your Story, you’re able to see which of your followers have viewed the item- but are you able to tell if someone has taken a screenshot of whatever it is that you’ve posted? I mean, we’ve all felt the need at one point, to save an image from someone’s page, right?
Curious about the answer? Be sure to read on for we will elaborate more on the topic later.
How do I Post a Story onto my Instagram Account?
Perhaps you’re new to the whole Instagram thing and you’d like to post a story onto your page- as that’s what everyone else is doing, how would you go about doing that?
In order to do so, first you’ll have to open the Instagram app on your mobile device. Remember, Instagram is largely mobile-based; while you are able to view content on the web via a browser, you are unable to upload anything from it’s site. Will the company be giving its users more control over their account on the web? Seeing as how they’ve emphasized time and time again that it’s a mobile-based app, we’re inclined to say no.
After opening Instagram, input your details and sign onto your account. If you have 2 factor activated, you’ll have to input the code that they’ve texted to your phone. Once you’ve successfully logged in, go to your “home”- that is, click on the house icon on the bottom left. From there, you should see a row of circular icons- these are stories; the ones with a rainbow-colored ring around them are new.
To post a story onto your account, click on the left-most circle which says “+ Your Story”. Afterward, your phone should be brought to camera mode. If you’d like to snap a picture or record a video for your story right then and there, simply press the button. On the other hand, if you’d like to use previously taken content that’s already in your camera roll, swipe down on the screen with one finger.
After swiping down, you should see a list of videos and images that you’ve taken within the past 24 hours. Remember- that’s the whole point of “Stories” after all, to share recently taken content with your followers.
Once you’ve selected a photo or video to share, you should see a mock-up of it on your screen. Now here’s the fun part- you can add stickers, text or even draw on top of it using the various pencil and stamp tools on the screen (it’s pretty self explanatory).
If you want to save the doodled version of the picture, you can do so by clicking on the save button. Otherwise, if you’re ready to share your Story, you can do so by clicking on the “+” button beside “save”- doing so will effectively post it onto your stories.
Who Can See My Stories?
Ultimately, the visibility of your Instagram Story depends on your account’s privacy settings. Is your profile private? public? If your account is set to private, only your followers will be able to see your posts. Oppositely, if you have a public account, anyone will be able to see your story; your followers will be able to see it on their news feed while others will be able to locate it from your profile.
What if I Want to Mute Someone’s Story?
If there’s someone in particular whose story you do not wish to see on the top of your news feed, you can make it so that it does not appear by muting their story.
To do this, simply click and hold on their display picture- you should then see an option to mute their story.
Can I See Who Viewed My Instagram Story?
Yes, once you’ve posted something onto your Story, you are able to see who has viewed the content. To do so, simply open your story from your home page and swipe up on your mobile device. Once you’ve done so, you should see a list of names of the individuals who have viewed each video or photo, in addition to a total view count at the corner.
Just in case your wondering, the user will always be able to tell that you’ve seen their story- there is no option for you to remain anonymous.
How do I Share a Live Video from my Stories?
In November 2016, Instagram added a feature that allowed users to share a live video via their story. Unlike other live video platforms, once the stream has ended, it is no longer visible anywhere.
To start an Instagram live video, go to your home page by clicking on the house icon. From there, click on the camera icon on the top left side of the screen. Next, you’ll want to switch the camera mode from “Normal” to “Live” by tapping on the word “Live at the bottom”.
From there, your live stream should begin in a few seconds. Once you’ve started a live video, some of your followers may receive a notification. During your live video, you are able to see the amount of viewers on the top right hand corner of the screen under the eye icon; likewise, comments will be made visible at the bottom.
If you’d like to turn off commenting, you can do so by going into your settings (e.g. by clicking on the “…” icon)
Finished? Simply press the end button.
How do I Delete Something from my Story that I’ve Accidentally Posted?
Don’t worry, if you’ve accidentally posted the wrong content to your story, or if you’ve changed your mind, you can easily delete said photo or video. To do so, simply open your story from your home page, and click on ‘…” at the bottom of the content, and click “delete” for the item that you’d like to delete.
Can you Mention Someone in a Story?
If you’d like to mention someone in your Instagram story, you can easily do so by typing @username on the item. For reference, you can mention up to ten individuals in each video or story.
Can I Hide my Instagram Story From a Particular Person?
Yes, you have the option of preventing someone of seeing your story. To hide it from said individual, simply go to your Instagram settings via your profile. From there, select “Story Settings”, it should be below “Account”. Next, just tap “Hide My Story From” for the individuals who you’d like to hide your stories from.
Can I Reply to Someone’s Instagram Story?
Do you have something to say about you friend’s story? Perhaps they’ve uploaded a picture of their new puppy and you’d like to exclaim to them how cute he is?
The answer is yes, you can easily type a message and reply to someone’s story. To do so, just open their story, and from there, click “Send Message” on the bottom right”.
Can People Tell If You Have Taken a Screenshot of Their Instagram Story?
Now, if you’ve ever used Snapchat then you’re probably familiar with how the app sends you a notification when someone has taken a screenshot of your picture. Is it the same on Instagram? Does the other person get notified if you happen to want to save their image or video? What if we want to do so secretly, without the user knowing?
Fortunately, for those of you who like to save a copy of other people’s stories, Instagram does not send the user a notification when you’ve taken a screenshot. This means that you’re safe to save whatever pictures they’ve posted onto their story without them knowing.
In the recent months, there have been rumors online claiming that Instagram has changed it so that users now receive notifications once a screenshot has been taken. This is false. If you’d like a peace of mind, you can easily test it for yourself by asking a friend to screenshot one of your stories and seeing if you’re notified on the action- chances are, you will not be.
Now that that’s out of the way, feel free to take whatever screenshots you need!
But I heard Instagram Has Screenshot Notifications?
Yes, Instagram has implemented screenshot notifications, but as explained above, stories are unaffected. Currently, users will only receive a notification if one has taken a screenshot of a disappearing direct message.
What is a Disappearing Direct Message?
As of April 2017, photos and videos shared via direct message have the option of disappearing once they’ve been viewed by the other party. Unlike sharing regular content, you’ll have to take a brand new photo or video on the spot with the blue camera icon for it to disappear; existing content from your camera roll with not disappear.
If you were to screenshot a picture from a disappearing direct message, the other person will be notified.