68 Unbelievable Instagram Hacks (6/6)

Instagram hashtag hacks

In the final part of this series, we will explore Instagram hashtag hacks and tips for direct messages.

Instagram hashtag hacks

60. Find the best (and most related) hashtags

Because using the right Instagram hashtag will make your content more discoverable and let you grow your audience. This is one of the effective Instagram hashtag hacks that you must use.

The way to do it:

  1. Choose the magnifying glass icon to go to the Explore tab
  2. Tap the Tags column after typing in a keyword
  3. Select a hashtag from the list
  4. This will lead you to a page of posts bearing that hashtag
  5. Above the “Top” and “Recent” portions of the page, there appears a small bar labeled “Related.” Next to this, Instagram will display a list of relevant hashtags that you can swipe through for inspiration (and further research)

61. Follow your favorite hashtags

Great for content inspiration!

How do it:

  1. Choose the magnifying glass icon to go to the Explore tab
  2. Type in the hashtag you want to follow
  3. On the hashtag page click the Follow button

62. Save hashtags for future use

In case you usually use the same hashtags for every post, save them in a note to save time.

The way to do it:

  1. On a note app on your phone, create a new note
  2. Make a list to add all of your most-used captions
  3. Every time you’re sharing a post, navigate from Instagram to the notes app, copy your text, then paste it in your caption

63. Hide hashtags on your Instagram posts

Don’t clutter your captions. Hide your hashtags to keep the reader focused on what’s essential.

How to do it—method No. 1:

  1. One simple way to hide your hashtags is to put them in a comment below your post
  2. Once you’ve got more comments, your hashtags will be safely hidden in the comments section

How to do it—method No. 2:

  1. The other way is to separate your hashtags from the rest of your caption by burying them beneath an avalanche of line breaks
  2. Just tap the 123 key when composing a caption
  3. Choose Return
  4. Enter a piece of punctuation (whether a period, bullet, or dash), then click Return again
  5. Do steps 2 to 4 again and again at least five times
  6. Instagram hides captions after three lines, so your hashtags won’t be viewable unless your followers tap the extra option on your post

Instagram hashtag hacks

64. Hide Hashtags on your Instagram Stories

You may include up to 10 hashtags on an individual Story, which will greatly increase the number of people who will see it. However, you may not want your Story to look too cluttered. Luckily, there are two simple methods to hide your hashtags and keep your Story looking clean and polished

The way to do it, method 1:

  1. After you’ve typed your hashtags out, use your thumb and index finger to shrink them to as small a size as possible.
  2. Choose a sticker, large emoji, or GIF, then use it to cover them.

hashtags on an Instagram story hashtags on an Instagram story covered up by a sticker

The way to do it, method 2:

  1. After you’ve typed your hashtags out, use your thumb and index finger to shrink them to as small a size as possible.
  2. Tap your hashtags again.
  3. Then tap the ink dropper icon in the bottom left corner.
  4. Tap on the area where you plan to hide your hashtags. This will turn the hashtag text the same color as the background, effectively hiding them from view.

hashtags on an Instagram story Instagram hashtag hacks

Instagram direct messaging hacks

65. Turn off your activity status

In case you don’t want your followers to know when you were last active on the app, you can turn off activity status within Instagram Direct Messenger.

How to do it:

  1. On your screen, tap the profile icon at the right bottom
  2. Tap Settings
  3. Scroll down and choose Activity Status
  4. Toggle off activity status

66. Send disappearing content to other accounts

With Instagram’s Direct Message, you can send a disappearing photo, video, or Boomerang to another account or a group of friends.

How to do it:

  1. From the home screen, tap the camera icon at the top left of the screen. Or swipe right to open the camera. Or open Instagram Direct by tapping the paper airplane icon at the top right of the screen, then tapping the camera icon in the high left
  2. Shoot a photo, video, or Boomerang
  3. Edit it as desired
  4. Tap the > icon at the bottom right on your screen
  5. Choose your recipient OR tap New Group to send your message to several people in a single group chat
  6. Tap Send at the bottom of the screen

Notice: If you choose multiple recipients without creating a group, each user will be sent the same message separately.

67. Send a live video

You’ll be able to send your live video or one you’re watching to a user or group of users.

The way to do it:

  1. When shooting a live video, tap the Direct icon (paper airplane) at the bottom of the screen and send your live video to friends (you’ll also have this option when going live with a friend)
  2. Right when it’s sent, the recipient will see your live video in their Direct inbox. Friends can only view your video in case you’re currently live

68. Edit a friend’s photo and send it back to them

How to do it:

  1. When viewing a photo message from a friend, tap the camera icon at the bottom to take a photo to reply
  2. Your reply includes a sticker of what you’re replying to
  3. Move and resize it, and add your twist with stickers, text, and drawings as you want.

Instagram hashtag hacks


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