How to Use Instagram: A Beginner’s Guide

Instagram posting

Go to on your desktop, or download the Instagram app from the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play Store (Android).

If you’re on desktop, click Log in with Facebook, or fill in the form with mobile number or email, name, username, and password. Then select Sign up.

On Android, select Sign Up with Email or Phone Number. On the iPhone, select Create New Account.

Android phone

Enter your email address and phone number, then press Next.

You can also sign up with your Facebook account on the app.

Once you’ve filled out your username and password, you will be instructed to fill out your profile info. Then, press Done.

If you sign in with Facebook, you’ll have to log into your Facebook account if you’re logged out at the time.


To modify and filter which notifications you receive, follow these steps: 

Go to your account (the person icon at the bottom right of your screen). 

Click the circle icon beside Edit and select Settings.

Scroll down to Push Notification Settings.

Choose the notifications you want to receive.

Connect to Other Social Accounts

For linking your other social media accounts:

Go to Settings and click Linked Accounts. 

Select any social media channels you’d like to link to, and enter the required info to include the channel with your Instagram.

Upload and Post a Photo

Press the + icon in the bottom center of your screen.

Once done, you’ll have to choose three options. You can look through your Photos library on your phone, you can take a new picture within Instagram, or you can take a new video. After you choose whatever you’d like, click Next in the top right.

Now it’s the moment to edit your photos, Instagram gives you two options, the one specific for filters and the other for the rest of the editing functions. The app automatically shows your filters first. You can scroll through the choices and click any of the filters that you would like to apply to your image. 

Afterward, click Edit. Here, you can alter contrast, brightness, structure, warmth, and more. 

Photo on phone

Once you have edited the image to your taste, hit Next on the top right. 

You’ll be given the option to add a description to the image, add your location, tag someone, include hashtags, and just anything else to give your photo more visibility. 

If you would like to share the said photo in the rest of your social media, click the button beside Facebook or another social media platform to share your image in said platform. 

When you’re ready to publish, click Share in the top right.

Upload an Image or Video to Your Stories

Click the camera icon in the top left.

Camera icon for Instagram

Once you’re within the Stories feature, you can take a picture or video from within the app.

Select the photo you’d like to use in your Stories.

In the top right, you have a few different editing features:

And the “Aa” icon in your text button. 

The pencil lets you handwrite or draw on your image. 

The smiley face lets you add a location, hashtag, time, date, and other fun images or emojis to your photo. 

Follow Users

It’s exceptionally easy to find and follow users. Using Instagram’s search feature, you can encounter celebrities, brands, and friends. And also, you can look for “Tags” or “Places”. “Tags” is remarkably practical if you know what type of content you’re looking for, but you’re not sure who posts about it.

Once you found them, if you desire to follow the said user, do the next:

Tap on their account.

Click the blue Follow button. 

For public profiles, you can click and immediately begin following that account. If the profile is private, on the other hand, you might need to wait for them to accept you first.