33 Instagram Hacks You Wish You Knew Sooner

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Ready to add some killer Instagram hacks to your social arsenal? 

From knowing how to add line breaks to your Instagram captions, hiding hashtags in your Instagram Stories, or how to respond to Instagram DMs in just two taps — we’ve got tons of great Instagram hacks to help you work faster and smarter! 

We’re revealing 33 of the best Instagram hacks and tips to help you get more from your Instagram marketing: 

Instagram Hacks for Creating Cool Instagram Profiles:

Think of your Instagram profile and bio as your elevator pitch — you want to let new followers know exactly who you are and what you do within seconds. 

So a well laid out profile is key to leaving a lasting impression! 

Here are our top hacks for creating cool Instagram profiles and bios that help you stand out from the crowd: 

Instagram Hacks #1: Add Line Breaks to Your Bio

Have you been trying to write a pitch-perfect Instagram bio but you’re getting frustrated because Instagram removes your line breaks? 

This is a quick-fix that could make a huge difference to your bio — and leave visitors with a great first impression!

And all it takes is signing into Instagram from your laptop! 

How to add line breaks to your Instagram bio:

  • Go to Instagram.com on your laptop and sign in to your account
  • From your profile page, tap “Edit Profile” 
  • This will open the settings tab where you can write your bio directly into the text box! 
  • Click “Submit” when you’re finished editing your bio and it will update your profile — all line breaks included! 

Instagram Hacks: Edit Bio

Instagram Hacks #2: Link to Other Profiles or Hashtags in Your Bio

Did you know that you can now add clickable text in your bio? 

So now when you include a # or @ before a word or account, other users will be able to click it to learn more!

This could be really useful if you’re managing more than one account for your brand, or if you’re running a branded hashtag campaign.

For example, online clothing store, @ASOS, does this well as they link from their bio to their Instagram profiles dedicated to health and beauty and sneakers. They also link to their #AsSeenOnMe hashtag which has over 1.1 million tagged posts!

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How link to other profiles or hashtags in your bio:

  • From your Instagram Profile page, tap “Edit Profile”
  • In the bio section, add any Instagram handles (including the @ symbol) or any hashtags (using the # symbol)
  • Tap “Done” in the top right of the screen when you’re finished with your bio
  • Instagram will automatically make this text link to the Instagram profiles or hashtags

Instagram Hacks #3: Find the Right Alignment for Your Bio

There are a few ways to make your Instagram bio standout, and getting the right alignment or spacing for your bio could make all the difference. 

This one might take some trial and error to get right, but the results will be an eye-catching bio that really stands out!

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Remember: You only have 150 characters for your Instagram bio, so be careful to not compromise on your brand messaging to get your alignment right.

How to change the alignment or add spaces to your Instagram bio:

  • Open your Instagram account in a web browser. (This Instagram hack can be done in the mobile app, but it’s a lot easier in the desktop version)
  • Copy the space between the arrows (make sure you’re copying the space between the arrows, not the arrows themselves!):  >>⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀<<
  • Tap the “Edit Your Profile” button from your profile page on Instagram
  • Navigate to the “Bio” text field and paste the spaces you copied above before each line of text. If your text isn’t perfectly centered, you can always add or delete spaces until you achieve the perfect alignment!

Instagram Hacks #4: Add Special Characters to Your Bio Name or Caption

Ever wondered how some Instagram profiles have these cute special characters like sun, stars, and pencils in their Instagram bios?

Instagram Hacks: Special Characters

Believe it or not, these are the original emojis you can find in your word processing programs like Word or Google Docs!

Here’s how to use special characters in your Instagram bio using Microsoft Word:

  • Open a Word document
  • Start typing your bio and where you would like to place a special character go to “Insert,” and “Advanced Symbol”
  • Here you can browse for symbols you’d like to include, like zodiac signs or arrows. Wingdings, Wingdings 2, and Wingdings 3 from the drop-down menu have the most icons to choose from
  • Add the icons where you would like them in your bio
  • Open your Instagram account on your desktop and go to “Edit Profile”
  • Copy and paste your bio from the Word document to your Instagram bio and tap “Done” when you’re finished.

Instagram Hacks #5: Appear in More Search Results on the Explore Page

Did you know that the “Name” field in your Instagram bio is searchable? 

That means that you can change it to words that highlights what your Instagram profile or business is about.

By including important keywords in your Name field, your chances of appearing in Instagram’s Explore page if anyone searches for those keywords will be much higher!

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How to appear in more search results on the Explore Page: 

  • Tap on “Edit Profile” on the top right of your Instagram profile
  • Under your profile picture, you’ll find the “Name” field. Change the text here to include your keywords
  • Once finished, tap “Done” on the top right corner of your screen

Want to learn more about how to get on the Instagram Explore page and grow your following? Check out our Ultimate Guide here

Instagram Hacks #6: Reorder Your Instagram Stories Highlights

Think of your Instagram Stories Highlights as your brand’s lookbook or portfolio — you want to share your best content upfront and center on your profile page! 

On your Instagram profile, there’s prime real estate for 4 Instagram Stories Highlights above you grid, and you want to make sure you’re always optimizing that space and showing off your best highlights. 

Instagram Hacks: Instagram Highlights

But as you release a new highlight, your existing highlights are shifted to the right and users may need to scroll to find them. 

So getting the order right on your Instagram Stories Highlights is super important if you want to entice your audience to tap through your highlights.

Thankfully, there’s a trick to always having your best highlights at the front and in this top 4 spot! 

How to reorder your Instagram Stories Highlights: 

  • Tap and hold the Instagram Stories Highlight you want to bring to the front of your Highlights list. 

Instagram Hack: Edit Hightlights

  • From here, select “Edit Highlight”
  • Then tap the “Archive” tab to access all of your archived Instagram Stories
  • Tap to add an Instagram story to your highlight and click done. 
  • This will move your highlight to the front of our highlights thread. 
  • Then you’ll need to repeat the steps above, but unselect the story you just added to remove it from your highlight

This process will take less than 60 seconds, so it’s super unlikely anyone will catch this super quick hack in action. 

But the benefits really pay off as your best highlights are the first ones to appear on your page! 

Instagram Hacks #7: Change Highlights Icons Without Ever Publishing Them 

Your Instagram Stories Icons help draw in your audience and entice them the tap through to see more of your stories posts. 

So you want to make sure that your highlights not only match your overall Instagram aesthetic but also let your audience know what your highlight is about! 

Now, you can update your Instagram Stories Highlights cover without ever posting the cover your Instagram Stories! 

Here’s how to do it: 

  • Tap and hold down the Instagram Stories Highlight you want to change the cover of 
  • Then tap “Edit Cover” at the top of the page 
  • Scroll all the way to the right until you see the image icon appear. Then tap this icon to access your camera roll.

  • Now you can select any image to use as your cover icon and it doesn’t need to be published to your stories or added to your highlights reel! 

This can be particularly helpful if you’re using cute icons as your Instagram Highlights covers! 

Looking to upgrade your Instagram Stories Highlights covers? Now you can download Later’s free icon pack with 36 different covers and 12 unique icons! Sign up below and we’ll send them straight to  your inbox: 

 

Instagram Hacks for Creating a Killer Instagram Feed:

If you’re looking to convert your viewers into followers, you need to put time aside to plan your Instagram feed in advance and deliver a standout feed. 

Some of the best brands on Instagram have gorgeous, curated aesthetics that show off their unique style — and that isn’t by accident. 

From nailing a brand aesthetic on your feed, to incorporating grid art, and repurposing photos as videos, we have tons of hacks to create a killer Instagram feed

Instagram Hacks #8: Use Presets to Edit All Your Instagram Images

If you want to gain followers and build your brand awareness on Instagram, you need to have a strong and recognizable Instagram aesthetic across your feed and stories.

But editing photos so that they all look and feel the same can take time and effort to get right. Especially if you’re new to editing software like Photoshop.

Enter: Time-saving, photo-editing presets! 

Presets are one-click photo editing tools that can dramatically speed up your workflow and give your Instagram photos a professional look. 

For no-fuss editing and quick-and-easy set up, VSCO app is a firm favorite with influencers and brands. It has lots of free presets (called filters in VSCO) to choose from so you can start experimenting straight away and choosing your favorites for your brand. 

VSCO Preset Edits

They even have curated preset packs of complementary filters making it a cinch to edit your photos and create a beautiful Instagram feed.

Another option is to edit your photos with the Lightroom CC app and presets!

While Photoshop takes time and effort to master, the free Lightroom app allows you to use mobile presets to quickly edit your images on the go.

Lightroom Presets

You might even have spotted your favorite Instagrammers releasing their own preset collections, making it easy for you to achieve the same look and feel for your feed: 

 

Want to learn more about how to save time on Instagram and quickly and easily edit your photos with Lightroom presets? Check out our blog post and free video guide with Instagram influencer Maddy Corbin on how to use Lightroom for Instagram

Instagram Hacks #9: Create Grid Art Across Your Feed

Ever wondered how to achieve this “grid art” look on your Instagram feed? 

Grid Art Instgram Feed

We’re here to reveal all! 

The trick is to plan your feed and vertically stack your grid art images — with 2 posts in between your vertically stacked images, your images will always stay together: 

And the trick to doing this is by using a visual planner like Later! 

Later’s Visual Instagram Planner tool shows you exactly what your Instagram feed would look like with your scheduled posts, and lets you easily rearrange or swap out photos to find the perfect balance for your Instagram feed. 

Or in this case, more your images around so you can get the perfect grid art set up! 

Then once you’re happy with your layout, your posts are ready to be scheduled and posted to your feed. 

Want to try out Later’s visual planner for yourself? Sign up today — it’s free! 

 

Instagram Hacks #10: Turn Photos Into Video Content 

Recently, we wrote about the power of Instagram video and how it stands a better chance at appearing on the Explore page

But creating video content from scratch can be time-consuming, and if you have tons of great photography, you don’t want to waste it.

Thankfully, there are a few hacks to help create dynamic “videos” for your feed and stories without too much hassle.

#1: Create a Stop-Motion Graphic From Still Images

A simple way to create a graphic from your still images is to layer your static shots to create a stop-motion effect for your images.

Take a look at how Jo Malone created this stop-motion graphic for their feed that received tons of likes and comments:

 

You can use Adobe Photoshop to layer still images together to create GIF-like video. Just follow this tutorial from Adobe to create a GIF from photos.

If you’re worried about navigating around Photoshop, you can easily create something similar with apps like Life Lapse.

#2: Add Motion to Your Still Images

Using apps like Enlight Pixaloop, you can upgrade a still image into a video post by adding some subtle movements, like the clouds in this post on Later’s feed: 

 

#3: Add an Animated Element to a Still Photo

Something a simple as this twinkle in a post can elevate your engagement and help you appear on the Explore page! 

And the good news is that this is the easiest hack of all! 

Start by uploading your photo to Instagram Stories. Then add simple GIF sticker (search: twinkle for this one) and then save it to your camera roll instead of posting to stories. 

Then, you can use InShot app to crop the video file to be the correct dimensions for your feed! Easy! 

Want to discover more easy ways to get more viewers on your posts? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Getting on the Instagram Explore Page

Instagram Hacks #11: Create a Cover Photo for Your Video Content

Now that we have you thinking about Instagram videos, here’s our favorite hack for maintaining your Instagram aesthetic while posting more video content: 

Start by using apps like Canva, Over, Adobe Spark Post, or any other design software to create a still image to attach to the beginning or end of a video clip. 

Then you can select this clip to be the cover image when you’re publishing your video post or IGTV. 

IGTV Preview: In Feed Example

Creating a branded video cover has become even more important now that IGTV videos can be shared on your Instagram feed as a preview!

There are a few different ways to create a cover image, and insert it into your videos, so we have the step-by-step guide ready for you in this blog post

Instagram Hacks #12: Post When Your Audience is Most Active 

Knowing when your audience is online is a great way to hack into their home feed and make sure your posts are always seen. 

And there are two easy ways to do this! 

Firstly, take a look at your Instagram Insights to learn when the peak times for your audience. 

Instagram Stories Engagement: Instagram Insights

This post was originally published on Later

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