How to Delete Photos on Instagram

So, you’ve posted a photo on Instagram that you thought was really neat, but there has been little response to it, or worse, a negative response.  Or maybe you’re having second thoughts about posting the photo, deciding that it’s somewhat private and you’d rather share it only with a few specific people.

Instagram doesn’t allow you to delete multiple pictures at once (outside of deleting your entire account), but you can remove photos from Instagram one-by-one.  Here’s how.

How to delete a photo on Instagram

  1. Open the Instagram application on your mobile device and log in.

  2. Tap the Profile icon () in the bottom-right corner to go to your profile.  You will see a collection of all of the photos that you have posted to Instagram.  Tap the one that you wish to delete.

  3. Tap the three white dots below the photo to bring up a list of options.  Then click Delete.

  4. Instagram will ask you to confirm that you really want to delete this photo.  If you’re sure that you want to remove this photo from Instagram, tap Delete again.  Otherwise, tap Don’t Delete.

There you go!  Your picture has now been deleted from Instagram.  And now you know how to delete any other pictures that you have second thoughts about in the future!


How to Download Your Photos from Instagram

If you use Instagram a lot, you’re probably going to build up quite a collection of photos and videos.  It will include not just ones that you post yourself, but also ones that you like from your friends and favourite celebrities.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have a backup of your collection on your computer, so that you still have your photos even if something happens to your Instagram account?

Unfortunately, Instagram does not include any options in its actual program that allow you to download your photos.  However, that hasn’t stopped certain clever users from developing workarounds that can do it.  In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use one such service, known as Instaport.

How to use Instaport to download your photos from Instagram

  1. Go to www.instaport.me in your web browser on your desktop computer.  Once you’re there, click Sign In with Instagram.

  2. On the next screen, click in the boxes marked “Username” and “Password” and type in your user name and password for your Instagram account, respectively.  Then, click Log In.

  3. Once you’re signed in, Instagram will ask if you want to allow Instaport to access your information on Instagram.  This is necessary in order to download your photos, so go ahead and click Authorize.

  4. Next, you will be able to select which photos you want to download from Instagram.

    Click the button beside an option to choose it.  From top to bottom, you can choose between:

    All photos posted on Instagram by you

    The most recent photos posted on Instagram by you (click the up and down arrows to select the number of photos)

    Photos posted on Instagram by you within a certain time period (click the two boxes here to enter the two dates that you will use as the time range, with both dates in month/day/year format)

    Photos posted on Instagram that you have “liked” (note that these photos do not have to have been posted by you)

    Photos posted on Instagram that have a certain “hashtag” in their captions (click the box here and type in the hashtag; these photos do not have to have been posted by you, but you are limited to the 500 most recent ones; see our Instagram Hashtags article for more details)

    You can also click the check box beside “Include Videos As Well” to have Instaport save videos that match your criteria.  When you’re ready, click Start Export.

  5. Once your photos have finished exporting, click Download Only.

  6. When the download prompt comes up, choose to save the file to your computer, and then (if applicable) choose where you want to save the file.  (Your file may automatically save in your “Downloads” folder if you are not asked where you want to save it).

  7. The file you’ve downloaded is a “.zip” file, so it’s a compressed version of your photos.  To make it work normally, find it and right-click on it (or hold the “Command” key and click on it for Apple users), and click Extract All.

  8. When the new prompt opens, click Extract.

  9. Voila!  A new folder will appear and open, with all of your saved photos inside!

And that’s how to use Instaport to export your Instagram photos!


How to Edit Instagram Photos

Feel like getting a little artsy with Instagram?  Instagram has easy-to-use tools that allow you to add some cool effects to your photos and videos before you post them.  Choose from one of over 20 preset filters, or fine-tune things your own way with advanced editing options.  You can even make advanced edits on top of applying a filter effect!

To change an Instagram picture

  1. Choose or create a photo that you wish to post on Instagram.  (See steps 1 through 4 in our How to Add Photos to Instagram tutorial for instructions on how to do this.)  Stop when you reach the “Edit” screen.

  2. If you wish to add a filter to your photo, tap the Filters icon (), and then tap one of the filtering options at the bottom of the screen.  You can swipe to scroll left and right and see more filters.

  3. Instagram’s lux effect allows you to simulate a change in how your photo is lighted.  This may sharpen or soften some details, making them more or less noticeable.  To use it, tap the Lux icon () in the main “Edit” screen.  This will take you to a screen like the one below.

    Tap and move the slider around to select the degree of lux effect that you want to apply.  When you’re done, tap the checkmark to keep your changes, or tap the “X” to discard them.

  4. If you want to make other adjustments to your photo, tap the Effects icon () to bring up a list of effects that you can add to your photo.  You can swipe to scroll through them, and then tap to select the one that you want to use.  For example, let’s try the Tilt Shift effect.

  5. Instagram’s tilt-shift effect allows you to put focus on a certain area of your photo by blurring everything else around it.  To use it, begin by tapping either Radial or LinearRadial will apply the effect outward from a certain spot, while Linear will apply the effect in a line across the photo.

    The screen will turn white to show you the areas that will be blurred out (i.e. the area not covered in white will stay sharp).  You can tap and move around on the screen to change the location and direction of the effect, or you can “pinch” on the screen to increase or decrease the amount of the photo that the effect will cover.

    When you’re done, the white areas will disappear and give you a preview of what your photo will look like with the effect.  If you like what you see, tap the checkmark.  If you don’t and would like to get rid of your changes, tap the “X”.

  6. When you’re done making all changes to your photo, tap the arrow icon in the top-right corner.

To edit an Instagram video

Your options for editing a video on Instagram are a little bit different — and more limited — than they are for editing a photo.

  1. Choose or create a video that you wish to post on Instagram.  Stop when you reach the “Edit” screen.

  2. Like when editing a photo, you can add a filter effect to your video by tapping the Filters icon (), and then scrolling through and tapping on the one that you’d like to apply.

    Note that choosing a filter will cause your video to automatically start playing so that you can preview it.  To stop previewing your video (or to start it again), simply tap it.

  3. Tap the Cover Frame icon () to choose a part of your video that you wish to use as a still photo to represent your video on Instagram.  Simply tap one of the frames that appears at the bottom of the screen to select it.

  4. The final modification that you can make to your video is whether or not it has sound.  Tap the Sound icon () to mute the video.  It will turn blue and show the message “Video Sound Off”.  To turn sound back on for your video, simply tap the Sound icon again; it will change back to grey.

  5. When you’re done adjusting your video, tap the arrow icon in the top-right corner.

That’s a brief explanation of how you can edit photos and videos in Instagram!


How to Add Photos to Instagram

Want to start your own photo and/or video exhibition on Instagram?  This tutorial will show you how to get your collection up and running in a snap!  (No pun intended.)

To add a photo to Instagram

  1. Open your Instagram application on your mobile device and log in.

  2. Tap the Add Photo button () at the bottom of the screen.  (Note that if you’re using Instagram on a Windows Phone, this button will look similar to Instagram’s logo instead.)

  3. You have three options for adding a photo or video to Instagram.  The first is the Gallery option, which allows you to import a photo or video already on your mobile device.

    Tap the word next to the “X” at the top of the screen to choose where on your mobile device you want to look for photos or videos to import.  Then, tap one of the thumbnail previews of pictures that are in that location, near the bottom of the screen, to select it.  The one that you have selected will be darkened, and a preview of it will show up in the main part of the screen.

    If this is the picture or photo that you want to post to Instagram, tap the arrow icon in the top-right corner.  (If you’re using an iPad or iPhone, this may say Next instead.)

  4. The second option is the Photo option, which allows you to immediately take a photo and post it on Instagram.  Tap this option at the bottom of the screen to select it.

    Here, you can tap the double-arrow icon on the left to switch your device’s camera between exterior mode (i.e. facing away from you) and interior mode (i.e. facing towards you, like it is in this screenshot). 

    You can also tap the lightning bolt icon on the right to turn on the flash function for your device’s camera, if you’re taking the picture in a dimly-lit area (though note that it may only work for your camera’s exterior mode).

    (NOTE: these two icons will look slightly different if you are using Instagram on a Windows Phone.)

    Tap the big blue button to take your picture.

  5. The third option is the Video option, which allows you to immediately record a video between 4 and 15 seconds long, and then post it to Instagram.  To switch to this option, tap it at the bottom of the screen.

    Like when taking a photo, you can tap the double-arrow icon on the left to switch between your device’s exterior and interior camera (if it has both), and tap the lightning bolt icon on the right to activate the flash function if you’re filming in a low-light area.

    To record your video, press and hold the big red button.  To stop recording, release the button.  The white line near the middle of the screen will give you a visual representation of how much you’ve recorded.  You can also press and hold the red button again to record another segment of the video, up to the 15 second limit.

    When you stop recording, two new options will appear.  Tap Delete near the bottom of the screen twice to delete the last segment that you recorded.  Or, if you like how your video turned out, click the arrow icon in the top-right corner to move on.

  6. After you’ve selected or created your photo or video, you can edit it by adding filters and other modifications.  We’ll go over how to do that in detail in our How to Edit Instagram Photos tutorial.  For now, if you’re okay with how your photo or video looks, tap the arrow icon in the top-right corner again.  (If you’re using an iPad or iPhone, this may say Next instead.)

  7. It’s now time to put the finishing touches on your photo or video.

    Tap the “Write a Caption” section and type in a short description of what your photo or video is about.  You can also tap Tag People and then tap on people who appear in the picture, and write their names.  If you’d like to add a location to where this photo or video was taken, tap the “Add to Photo Map” toggle to turn it on, and Instagram will use your mobile device’s GPS locator (if it’s enabled) to find where you are.

    If you’d like to share your photo on another social network, tap one of the boxes below the “Share” heading.  We’ll go over this in more detail in our How to Connect Instagram to Social Networks tutorial.

    You’ll also notice that you currently want to share your photo with your Followers (and anyone else on Instagram who finds it, if your account isn’t private).  If you only want to share your photo with specific people, you can switch over to Instagram Direct here.  See our Instagram Privacy article to learn more about private accounts and how to use Instagram Direct.

    Once you have everything set up the way you want, tap the checkmark in the top-right corner.

There you go!  You now know how to add a photo or video to your Instagram account!


How to Delete Followers on Instagram

Sometimes, you might get a follower on Instagram who won’t leave you alone.  They constantly “like” and post comments on every picture and video that you share on Instagram.  Whether they’re obsessed with you or just posting incessantly (often known as “spamming”), you want it to stop.  Fortunately, you can make one of your followers go away quite easily.

To delete a follower on Instagram

  1. Open and log into the app on your mobile device.

  2. Tap the Profile icon () in the bottom-right corner, and then tap Followers.

  3. This will bring up a list of all people who are following your activity on Instagram.  Find the person whom you wish to remove from your followers, and tap their name.

  4. Once you are on the person’s profile, tap the three dots in the top-right corner (they will look slightly different depending on what device you are using), and then tap Block.  (Tap Yes, I’m Sure to confirm that you want to block them.)

Notes about deleted followers on Instagram

  • They will not be notified that you have blocked them from following you. 

  • They will not be able to find or see your profile, photos, or videos on Instagram.

  • If they have “liked” or commented on your previous pictures or videos, these actions will not be erased (though you can erase them yourself).

  • They can still “like” and comment on the pictures and videos of people whom you know (if the person is following them as well), or on people who have public accounts and/or posts.

 

There!  Now you know how to block a follower on Instagram if they’re making trouble for you!


How to Follow on Instagram

Like other social networks, such as Twitter, Instagram allows you to “follow” other people and brands (who have made their profiles public) and keep track of what they post.  Other people may do the same for you as well.

Note that this tutorial demonstrates how to follow Instagram users on an Android-powered smart phone, but the process is pretty much identical on other mobile devices, such as iPads and iPhones.

How to follow someone on Instagram

Following someone on Instagram is easy!  Simply find a picture or video that they posted, and their user name should be above it.  Tap the Follow button beside the person’s name, and presto!  Instagram will track their activity for you!

People or brands that you’re currently following on Instagram will display a green Following button instead of the usual Follow one.

If you wish to stop following someone, tap the Following button.  Instagram will ask if you are sure that you want to stop following that person or brand.  Tap Unfollow if you’re sure.

Pictures and videos posted by people whom you follow will show up on your Home page, which is accessible by tapping the house icon () in the bottom-left corner.

You can also see if anyone whom you follow has posted any other activity, such as “likes” or comments, by tapping the Activity icon () along the bottom of the screen, and then tapping the Following menu.

Finally, you can see a list of all people whom you’re currently following by tapping the Profile icon () in the bottom-right corner, and then tapping Following.

 

Those are the basics of following people on Instagram!  Now, if you’re wondering who you might like to follow, have a look at our next tutorial, Who to Follow on Instagram!


How to Sign Up for Instagram

As we explained in our previous tutorial, Instagram is a service that is based primarily on mobile devices.  Therefore, you’ll have to download the Instagram application on your tablet computer or smart phone before you can join Instagram.  See our How to Download Instagram tutorial for instructions on how to do that.

Note that this tutorial demonstrates how to sign up for Instagram on an Android-powered smart phone, but the sign-up process for an iPad, iPhone, or other mobile device is pretty much identical.

To create an Instagram account:

  1. Find the Instagram application on your mobile device, and tap it to open it.

  2. If you’ve never used Instagram before, you will see that Sign Up is automatically selected.  You can choose to sign up with your email address, or you can sign up using your Facebook credentials.

    Assuming that you want to sign up via email, tap Enter Your Email and type in your email address.  Then tap Next.

  3. You will be asked to provide your full name.  Type it in and tap Next, or if you don’t want to provide your name, tap Skip in the top-right corner.

  4. Regardless of whether or not you provide your full name for Instagram, you will be asked to choose a user name.  Type it in and then tap Next.

  5. Next, you will be asked to provide a password, so type that in now.  It must be at least 6 characters long. (NOTE: You can tap the eye icon to hide the characters in your password as you type them, to protect them from anyone trying to snoop over your shoulder.)

    See our How to Make a Strong Password tutorial for hints on how to create a secure password.

    After you’ve typed in your password, tap Next.

  6. Next, Instagram will ask you to choose a profile photo.  You have three options:

    – Take a photo with your mobile device’s camera and use it as your profile photo
    – Use a photo that is already on your mobile device
    – Import a photo from your Facebook or Twitter account

    If you don’t feel like providing a profile photo right now, you can also tap Skip.

  7. Instagram will now ask if you want to find friends to follow on Instagram based on whom you’re already connected with on Facebook.  If you do, tap Find Friends on Facebook and follow the instructions (which will likely include logging into your Facebook account.  If you’d like to find friends later, tap Skip instead.  (You will have to tap Yes, Skip in a confirmation window if you choose this option.)

  8. Next, Instagram will ask if it can check the contacts in your mobile device to see if any of them are on Instagram.  If you want to do this, click Find Contacts to Follow.  If you’d rather do it later, click Skip.  (Again, you will have to tap Yes, Skip to confirm that you really want to skip this step.)

  9. Now, you will be asked to follow certain other popular people or brands on Instagram.  Find someone or something that you’re interested in, and tap Follow.  (The button will change to say “Following” and turn green.)

    Once you’re done, tap the checkmark in the top-right corner.

This should take you to your main feed on Instagram.  Congrats!  You’re all set!


How to Download Instagram

One of the peculiar things about Instagram is that it mainly works on mobile devices, such as tablet computers and smart phones.  Therefore, you’re going to have to download the Instagram application on your mobile device before you can sign up or do anything else on Instagram.

How do I download Instagram on Android devices, iPhones, and iPads?

To download Instagram on Android

  1. Turn on your device and look for the Google Play or Play Store application.  Tap it to open it.

  2. Tap the search bar at the top of the page, and start typing in “instagram”.  As you do so, suggestions should appear in a drop-down menu below the search bar.  One of them should say “Instagram” and have the Instagram logo beside it.  Tap that.

  3. On the next screen, tap Install.

  4. Instagram will come up with a list of things on your device that it may need to use in order to work properly.  Just tap Accept.

  5. Instagram will begin downloading.  When it finishes, tap Open to launch the application.

To download Instagram for iOS (iPhones/iPads)

  1. Turn on your device and look for the App Store application.  Tap it to open it.

  2. Tap the search box in the top-right corner and start typing in “instagram”.  As you do so, the App Store will give you suggestions on what you might be looking for.  Tap instagram when you see it appear.

  3. When you see the program titled “Instagram”, click Get and then Install beside it (or click the cloud with the arrow inside it, as shown here).

    (NOTE: You may be asked to log into your Apple Account, if you haven’t already.  If you don’t have one, click this link and follow the instructions in order to set one up.)

  4. Instagram will automatically begin downloading and installing.  When it finishes, tap Open to launch the program.

That’s how to download Instagram for your mobile device!  Now, check out our next tutorial to learn how to sign up for an account!