I have been asked to write a wee bit about Instagram. The best place to start has to be the start. This blog covers the basics of setting up an Instagram account. If you have one already or don't want one, then this blog isn't for you. The next one may be though, as I will be covering more about the ins and outs of the photo sharing app. For those wanting to know where to start.....here you go!


To make yourself an Instagram Account, follow these easy steps:
  1. Download the Instagram app from the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play Store (Android).
  2. Once the app is installed, tap  to open it.
  3. Tap Sign Up With Email or Phone Number (Android) or Create New Account (iPhone), then enter your email address or phone number (which will require a confirmation code) and tap Next. You can also tap Log in with Facebook to sign up with your Facebook account.
  4. If you register with your email or phone number, create a username and password, fill out your profile info and then tap Done. If you register with Facebook, you'll be prompted to log into your Facebook account if you're currently logged out.

To update your profile information, including your username and email address associated with your account:

  1. Go to your profile.
  2. Tap Edit Profile.
  3. Type in your information and tap Done


You can write a bio of up to 150 characters on your profile.

To edit your bio:

  1. Go to your profile.
  2. Tap Edit Profile at the top of the screen.
  3. Write your bio and add the URL to your website.
  4. Tap Done
This is my 'bio' - where you say a bit about what you do and where you are located.
Have a look at other pages for bio ideas.


To add or change your profile picture:

  1. Go to your profile and tap Edit Profile.
  2. Tap Change Profile Photo (iOS, computer and mobile browser) or Change Photo (Android).
  3. Select where you'd like to import your picture from.
  4. Tap Done (iOS) or Next (Android)


How do I post a photo?

To upload a photo or take a new one, first tap  at the bottom of the screen:

  • To upload a photo from your phone's library, tap Library/Gallery at the bottom of the screen and select the photo you'd like to share.

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.



How do I share a post with multiple photos or videos?

You can upload up to 10 photos and videos and share them as a single post in Feed:

  1. Tap  then tap Library/Gallery at the bottom of the screen.
  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 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.


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In my next blog I will talk about tagging, stories, editing photos in the app, anything else you'd like to know about?
Have a great day!

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