Using Instagram

Taking a photo using Instagram:

          Step 1: Tap the "Camera/Share" button in the center of the application.


          Step 2:  Take a photo.

1.                            The stamp/square toggles borders on and off.
2.                            Tap the lightning bolt  in order to choose between always using your phone's flash, auto detecting flash, or never using flash.
3.                            The camera rotate icon will switch between the front-facing and back-facing camera.
4.                            Tap the drop in order to choose between a liniar ( - ), radial ( o ), or no tilt shift. You can also utilize tilt shift in camera mode for a live preview.
5.                            The X in the upper right corner will close the camera and bring you back to the last tab you were on before you tapped Share.
6.                            Scroll (tap then flick your finger across the filters in order to scroll) or tap between filters in camera mode for a live preview. You can always change your selection after you have taken the image.
7.                            Tap this to select a photo from your library.
8.                            Shutter button.
9.                            Tap this in order to toggle between showing or hiding the filter list.

       Altering & sharing an image:


          Step 1: Apply or alter effects:

1.                            Tap the arrow in order to rotate your image.
2.                            Tap the sun to turn Lux on or off. Read more about Lux here.
3.                            Press the red X if you would like to return to the live camera & retake your photo.
4.                            Tap the green check mark ( ✓ ) if you are satisfied with your image in order to continue to add a caption, location & share.

          Step 2: Add a caption, add a location & share.

1.                            If you would like to make adjustments to your image before publishing it, tap the Filters button to go back.
2.                            Add a caption for your photo here. You can also mention another user or add hashtags here.
3.                            Add a location for your image. Find out how location works here.
4.                            Share your image to other social networks. Find out how to adjust your share settings here.
5.                            Tap "Done" when you are ready to share your photo to your Instagram followers!


Applying the Lux effect to photos

            We've given you a new way to instantly transform the look and feel of your photos! Once you've taken a photo, or uploaded a photo saved on your device, just tap the sun symbol in the bottom left corner to turn Lux on.


With Lux
            Lux works its magic by making your photos more vibrant and brings out details in your photos you couldn't see before.

Turn photo borders on and off

Some filters in V2.0 come borderless (Amaro, Rise & Valencia), and the remaining filters all come with standard borders, but you now have the option to turn borders on and off to fit the mood and aesthetic of the scene.

1. Take a photo (or choose one saved on your device).

2. Select the filter you would like to apply to your photo.

2. Then tap on the square in the far upper right hand corner to toggle the border on and off.


Rotate a photo

            Easily rotate photos in V2.0. No more sideways photos! You can use these simple controls to make sure you've got the right orientation every time:
1.                            Take a photo holding your phone horizontally or navigate to a photo saved on your device and select the photo that needs rotation.
2.                            Once your image is ready hit the arrow in the upper right hand corner (see screenshot below) in order to begin rotating your image.

Share photos you've already uploaded

If you'd like to share the photos you've already uploaded to Instagram to another service (such as Facebook or Twitter), just follow these steps:

1. Tap the Profile tab , then Your photos.


2. Tap the "..." link at the bottom right of the photo you'd like to share, then "Share post".


3. Tap the green "Share" button next to the service you'd like to share your photo on.

            If the green "Share" button doesn't appear, you haven't yet connected to the service. To do so:
1. Tap "Setup sharing", then "configure" next to the service you'd like to connect to (Facebook, Twitter, etc.).

2. Enter your login info to connect to the service.

3. After you've connected, tap "Back" and then the green "Share" button next to the service you'd like to share your photo on.

View your photos on the web

            While we're still developing our web presence at, we encourage you to check out third-party sites that have been created using the official Instagram API. We've listed some of those sites and apps below.
            Web view
            Mac apps
            Carousel ($4.99)
            InstaDesk ($4.99)
            InstaView ($7.99)
            Print your photos
            Printstagram (posters, printers, stickers, books)
            Postagram (postcards)
            Keepsy (books)
            Stickygram (magnets)
            Teeny Tile (tile magnets)
            Blurb (books)
            Get your Instagram stats
            Get your Instagram "Follow me" button & vanity URL
            Want to find more? Check out roundups from readwriteweb, macworld and photojojo to learn about more cool sites and apps using the Instagram API.

Note: If you don't have an Instagram account, you'll need to sign up before you can authenticate with any API sites/apps that ask you to log in with an Instagram account.

Export your photos to your computer

            If you haven't been saving your photos to your device and now want an easy way to export your Instagram photos and save them to your computer/phone, check out this tool that a developer built using the official Instagram API -- it's a simple way to export or backup your Instagram photos:
            After you've downloaded your photos to your computer using, you can sync your phone to your computer to transfer the photos to your device.

Save a single photo to your device

            Here's an easy way to save your own photo if you had forgotten to turn your "save photo" settings on:
            Note: You cannot save other users' photos to your device at this time. Users own the rights to their images, so we are unable to allow you to save another users' photo without their permission. If you would like to share a link to a photo uploaded by another user via Twitter, please check out this article.
            1. Find the photo you want to save from your Profile tab
            2. Tap the "..." button below the photo, then choose "Share"
            3. From the "Share" Menu navigate to either Message or Email
            4. Highlight the images' Share URL & copy the URL
            5. Navigate to a browser & paste the Share URL
            6. Tap and hold on the photo until the options menu appears, tap Save

Combine multiple photos into one

            Check out these apps that allow you to take photos from your photo library and organize them into a single image that you can then import into Instagram:
            Google Play Store
            Read this blog post on how you can use these apps in creative ways:
            And here's a tips blog we wrote that features creative examples:
            Sample image:

Best practices for using hashtags

            Adding tags to your photos is a great way to find new followers and share your photos with more people. But hashtags can be tricky. To get the most out of them, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind. We’ll use this photo of a beautiful Volkswagen van as an example!
            Be Specific
            Choosing specific tags will help you connect with other like-minded people on Instagram. For this photo, instead of using the tag #van, we could use #vwvan. The photo will be added to that highly targeted tag page, where other Volkswagen lovers will be able to find the photo more easily (without sifting through photos of Toyota Siennas and Chevy Astros). It's best to avoid using generalized tags, such as #instagram or #iphone, as these types of tags can be applied to most, if not all, photographs shared with Instagram.
            Be Relevant
            Make it easy for other like-minded Instagrammers to find you by making sure your tags describe your photo. Using very general tags like #photo might get you a few likes, but with over 700,000 photos tagged #photo, it isn’t the best way to make your photos stand out and connect with the people most like you. Relevant tags will help you attract new followers who will take a genuine interest in your photos and continue liking and commenting on your photos over time. For the photo above, in addition to #vwbus, we could use the tag #volkswagen.
            Be Observant
            Pay attention to the other hashtags used on photos that use the same tag as yours. You may discover a popular hashtag you hadn’t thought of on your own. For example, on photos tagged #volkswagen, we can see that many of those photos also use the tag #vw. When you do a search for those tags, you’ll find out that Instagrammers use #vw to describe their Volkswagen photos more than twice as often as they use #volkswagen!
            After tagging the photo with relevant and specific tags, you may also find that people sharing photos similar to yours are using even more specialized tags that you hadn’t thought of originally. For our photo, we found that photos tagged #vw and #vwvan also use #vwbus.

Android Photography Applications

We’ve researched applications available for Android that can help you enhance and improve your photographs. Here are a few apps for simple and quick image editing to get you started!
Photo Editing
For basic image editing, Adobe Photoshop Express is a great application! It gives you the ability to alter exposure, saturation, tint, contrast & brightness quickly for simple image edits.
Combining Multiple Photos
Everyone loves combining multiple photos into one! A simple and easy to use application, Diptic, allows you to combine up to four images into one single frame. Be sure to check out this Photo Tips blog on combining images for some great tips!
Content-Aware Retouching
Have you ever captured the perfect shot right when someone starts to walks through the frame? Or maybe you want to remove those unsightly wall plugs & switches in order to redirect focus to the decor. While happy accidents can create beautiful “right place, right time” photographs, the TouchRetouch application can help remove unwanted content from photos!

We want to know your favorite photo editing applications for Android! Send us a note through Tumblr to let us know which ones you love.


I want to delete my account

                        In order to delete your Instagram account, please visit our Account Removal page:


                        When you delete your account, your photos, comments, likes, and friendships (everything) will be removed permanently and will not be recoverable. We cannot reactivate accounts. Additionally, you will not be able to sign up with the same username again.

I want to reactivate my account

There is no way to reactivate your account once it has been deleted. You will need to sign up for a new account using a different username.

Mention another user.
There are two places you can tag (or "mention") another Instagram user: in the caption and in a comment. To mention someone in a caption, just type @ followed by the username. For example, "Duck watching in Golden Gate Park with @mrcippy." When you publish the photo, "@mrcippy" will be clickable, the user will be notified he or she was tagged, and the tagged name will lead your followers to his or her Instagram page.
Another way to use tags is in the comments. So, if you want to reply to someone's comment (or caption) on a photo, tap and hold the username and select "mention user." You'll then be able to reply directly to that person's comment or caption.


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