Instagram Social Media App. 

What is Instagram? 

Instagram is a fun and creative way to capture, edit & share photos, videos & messages with friends,family and the world. Instagram is Free 

How do I get it? 

Download the Instagram app from the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play Store (Android). Once the app is installed, tap to open it. 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. 

Devices That Work with Instagram 

Instagram is available for free on iOS devices, like the iPhone and iPad, as well as Android devices, like phones and tablets from Google, Samsung, etc. It can also be accessed on the web from a computer, but users can only upload and share photos or videos from their devices. 

How to use Instagram? 

Step 1. Edit your profile. 

Go to your personal account, which you’ll find by pressing the Instagram icon on your device. Then, click the “Edit Profile” now you can add a bio and a personal profile picture  

Now you need to follow someone on Instagram, by doing this you will get new feeds coming into your Instagram account. To connect to other people, you have two options mainly type in their name or their user name, a user name is called “A Handle”, when you fined who you are looking for just press follow. It is common practice on Instagram when you follow people, they usually follow you back but you or they don’t have to follow back. 

Step 2. Finding and getting followers 

It’s easy to find and follow users. Using Instagram’s search feature, you can find celebrities, brands, and friends. Additionally, you can search “Tags” or “Places”. “Tags” is particularly useful if you know what type of content you want to find, but you’re not sure who posts about it. 

To follow someone, follow these three easy steps. Click on the search icon on the bottom of your screen (it looks like a magnifying glass). 

Next, type in a person or brand. For this example, search “mandym” (Mandy Moore) and found her as #1 in the search results. Alternatively, I could’ve clicked “Tags” or “Places” to search those categories. Once you’re on someone else’s account, you’ll see a blue “Follow” button at the top. For public profiles, you can click and immediately begin following that account. However, if the profile is private, you may need to wait for them to accept you first. 

Step 3. How to Post a Picture on Instagram first Click the “+” icon in the bottom centre of your screen. Here, you have three options. You can look through your Photos library on your phone, you can take a new picture from right within Instagram, or you can take a new video. Select which you want to do and press select if you are picking a picture from your device then press click “Next” in the top right. 

Step 4. There are two categories you can use to edit your image, “Filter” and “Edit”. Instagram automatically shows you filters first. You can scroll through the carousel and click any of the filters to apply it to your image. Additionally, if you want to use a filter but you want to tone it down, double tap the filter and move the cursor to the left to lessen the intensity of the filter. See sample image below 

Next, click “Edit”. Here, you can adjust contrast, brightness, structure, warmth, and more. When you’re happy with your edited image, or if you don’t want to edit it at all, click “Next” in the top right. 

Step 5. Now, you can add a caption, tag people (you can only tag someone if they also have an Instagram account), and add a location. Additionally, when you’re ready to publish, click “Share” in the top right. 


Why use hash tags on Instagram? Hash tags makes it easier to find people, places or things. 

Example if I wanted to see dog pictures I would type in #dog into search bar or if I wanted to see images from Killarney I would type in #killarney.  

How to Use Instagram Stories 

Instagram “Stories”, a feature that allows you to post videos or images that disappear after 24-hours. Instagram’s Stories feature is similar to Snapchat in terms of content — users often post more casual and candid videos and images, offering glimpses into their everyday lives. 

For instance, you might post a heavily-edited picture of yourself and friends at Rugby match. But you might post a more candid video to your Story of the stadium singing “Irelands Call”. 

To learn how to upload an image or video to your Stories, follow these steps: 

Step 1 Click the camera icon in the top left. See image below 

Step 2. Once you’re within the Stories feature, you can take a picture or video right from within the app. Alternatively, if you have an image saved to your phone that you’d like to use, click the small square in the bottom left corner. 

Then Click on a photo you’d like to use in your Stories. 

Step 3 In the top right, you have a few different editing features. The smiley face lets you add a location, hashtag, time, date, and other fun images or emojis to your picture. The pencil lets you handwrite or draw on your image. And the “Aa” icon is your text button. Once you click “Aa”, you have the option to change your font by clicking “Classic” at the top.  

Adding extra icons 

If you click the smiley face icon, you’ll see the following screen. Simply click on one of the icons to add them to your image. If you don’t like it, drag it to the bottom, and a trash can will appear so you can delete it. 

Click the smiley face icon to add a location and hashtag to your image. You can also swipe to the left or right to add filters to your photo or video. Once you’re happy with your content, you can either click the “+ Your Story” icon in the bottom left, which allows you to share your Story with everyone who follows you, or select “Send To” to send the post to someone specific. 

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