September 1, 2014

For all the ease and simplicity of Instagram, there are a few tricks that you may not be aware of. While you’re scrolling through and double tapping, you may not realize the additional options and capabilities you have. So, in today’s post I want to show you 5 Instagram tricks to put you ahead of the competition and make your Instagram experience that much better!

Remove Yourself From Tagged Photos

Did your “friend” tag you in a hideous photo? Did a marketer tag you in a promotional post trying to get your attention? Both are annoying and warrant your removal from their post.

Photos that you are tagged in do not show up in your followers feed but they do remain on your profile. If you click on the right-most icon on your profile (the tag shape with the person silhouette) you’ll see all the posts you’ve been tagged in. And anyone who looks at your profile can see these images.

If you don’t want a tagged photo of you on your profile, you have two options: remove the tag or keep the tag but not show the image in your profile.

Go to the tagged image and click on the three-dot button at the bottom of the post. Select “Photo Options”. You can choose to “Show in My Profile” (the defaulted setting) or change it to “Hide from My Profile”. This keeps the tag active on the photo but doesn’t show it in your list of tagged photo.

If you want to remove yourself from the photo altogether, select “More Options” and tap on “Remove Me from Photo”. The photo will not appear in your profile and the original photo will no longer reference you.

Share an Instagram Photo to Another Site After Uploading

You probably know that you can share your Instagram post to Facebook or Twitter at the same you upload it to Instagram. But you can also go back and share an Instagram post after you’ve already uploaded it.

Find the Instagram post in your gallery that you want to share. Click on the three-dot button at the bottom of the post and select “Share”. The photo and caption will appear as how it will be shared. The original Instagram caption is listed. If you want to edit the caption to say something else, edit it here.

Choose the account to share the post to and proceed with the sharing process. That’s all there is to it!

Hide Instagram Ads (and Provide Feedback)

Even though many fluttered into an uproar over the presence of ads on Instagram, the reality is that they aren’t that invasive or prominent. And most of the ads you see will be dependent on your Facebook preferences and interactions. Therefore, we each see different ads, targeted to each of us respectively.

Instagram ads are defined by the “Sponsored” label in the top corner.

But, if you see an ad and don’t like it or don’t want to see it, you actually have some options. Click on the three-dot button at the bottom of the ad post to hide the ad and even provide feedback. When I have seen ads that I don’t feel are “organic” to Instagram or look natural in the Instagram feed, I say “I don’t like this image”. Or you can choose that you just don’t like that company/brand as your reason.

But your feedback on ads will help Instagram ads look better, be more efficient, and control what shows up in your feed too.

Report Spammers

Spammers are everywhere, including Instagram. They comment on your posts with “check us out” or “follow me too” or by self-promoting their products or accounts. Some spammers are more aggressive than others and can be frustrating for businesses trying to actively engage on Instagram.

Personally, when I get these comments, I mention the user, tell them their comments aren’t welcome, and then I delete their comment and report them.

You can do this easily too! Open up the comments thread on your post and tap on the spammers comment. This will open a window with these options:

If you want to simply delete the comment from your post, click “Delete Comment”. If you want to report the user as a spammer, click “Delete Comment and Report Abuse”. This deletes the comment and allows you to report them for spam or inappropriate content.

See What Those You Are Following Are Doing

Have you ever wondered what the people you follow are doing on Instagram? What photos do they like? Who are they following? It’s actually really easy to find out!

When you go the News page (the comment bubble), it defaults to your notifications. But if you click on the “Following” tab, you can see what those you are following are doing. See what they’ve liked, commented on, and who they’ve started following.

I don’t advocate this in a creepy stalker way. But if you’re trying to see what your competition is doing or what your customers are engaging with, this can be a very resourceful tool.


And there you have 5 Instagram tricks you probably didn’t know about. There are others too that you can easily find. Try clicking on the three-dot button whenever you can to find options and “tricks” available to you. Feel free to play around and explore – there’s lots to do 

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  1. Hey Jenn,

    Thanks for sharing these tips! I love the part about removing the tags as I always been tagged in photos! Haha.

    Sharing this around and appreciate it dear friend! *Pin on my board too 😀

  2. Nice, thanks for the tips! Haven’t seen any ads (then again I’m not on Facebook, yay!). If I saw a McDonald’s ad I’m my health-conscious feed and following, I would be pretty offended. At least make it relevant. Damn those obnoxious branding ads!

    1. It seems like you’ve avoided the ads thus far, Paul. There’s only a handful of companies using the ads platform so many people see few or no ads at all.

  3. Thanks Jenn. I never noticed that I could share after posting! 😀 I also like how Instagram doesnt need to have hashtags in the description to be searchable. Some other users put it in the description and it looks really spammy. Having it in the comments area is good enough. One more thing that most users might not have tried is seeing a preview of the image when adding filters. Holding down on the image will show the original 🙂

    Thanks again Jenn! Looking forward to more of your work.

    1. Thanks Dennis! I’m glad you found a new trick 🙂
      And, yes, it’s really nice that putting hashtags in the comments still makes them searchable. This is also a good way to add hashtags to old posts to show up in new searches.
      And thanks for sharing the tip on the filters – I’m sure many don’t know about that!

  4. Thanks for such hidden points you revealed about the Instagram, I would further like to know and may be other people would also like to know how many hashtags we can include in a typical instagram post just like twitter recommends a couple of hashtags to avoid spamming.

    Thanks again 🙂

    1. The limit is 30 hashtags per post. This includes hashtags in additional comments after the initial caption. But I recommend using about 10 total.

  5. I just started working on Instagram and I felt like it was limited in many ways. Thanks for the tricks I know they will help me. I’m stilling trying to learn how to use the hashtags.

    1. Thanks Madeline! I’m glad you found this helpful and hope you continue to enjoy using Instagram. I have written about hashtags on IG on a few times. Just search my site for “hashtags” and you’ll find the most relevant articles.

  6. Hi can I ask one question. I’ve seen that some people hide their pass photo (and their profile is public) and then later the photo will appear again,do you know how? Thank you. Oh and I’m an android user.

  7. Is there anyone who can give me information as how to get notifications when someone that is not my follower tags me in their comment?

    1. You won’t get email notifications or anything else. But you will get a notification in your news section on Instagram.

      1. But that is the thing. I have never ever gotten a notification from a person that is not my follower in the news section. Just from ones that are my followers. So I don’t know how I can know if someone mentions me in a comment, for example when I ask a question to a official store ore something, and they say they reply by tagging me in their comment. It is driving me crazy

        1. I’m sorry Helga. You should receive notifications. Either they aren’t mentioning you, or maybe they aren’t using the correct username when mentioning you (mis-spelling it or something else).
          You can try to contact Instagram directly and report the problem. But they aren’t quick to respond.

  8. Hi, I’ve just found this website in a search. I received notification that my product was in an image but the image did not have a # or @ of the brand. How does Instagram know / verify it is my product in the image? Thanks! -KD

    1. I’m not sure, Kerri. This is new to me if IG is notifying you… Did the original post “tag” you (not @mention in the post comment) but actually tag you in the photo?

      1. Hi, Jenn, Thanks for responding. When I relooked at the picture, I see my name is tagged in the image (the post does not say “touch image for info.” How do you embed a tag on an image? Thanks! -Kerri

        1. When you see any photo on IG that has a little black tag with a white silhouette on the bottom left corner, that means someone is tagged in it. Tapping an image once will show you everyone who is tagged in the post.
          You can tag people during the upload process. On your upload screen where you include your caption, you can also tag people and add a location. You can also tag people to your posts after you have uploaded. Go to the little 3-dot button on the image for more options and choose “Tag People”.

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