What makes Instagram so attractive is the constant stream of photos – of your cousin's chihuahua or the purple mountain majesty – that appear on your timeline when you open the app.
But how do you find all that great content in the first place? There are various simple ways.
Getting started: find your Instagram friends
When you start your account, Instagram encourages you to connect with people you already know. For example, if you set Instagram with your Facebook login, the app automatically suggests Facebook friends that you can follow.
You can, however, upload your phone contacts to Instagram at any time. In the main screen of the app, click the profile button in the lower right corner and then the button with three bars in the upper right corner. Choose & # 39; Discover People & # 39; in the menu that appears.
When you give Instagram access to your contacts, the app finds everyone on your list with an Instagram account. Just go through the suggestions and click on "Follow" for anyone whose updates you want to see. If you are unsure of someone, click on their avatar to view their photos first.
As you follow more people and interact with them, this feature will suggest other accounts that you might like (for example, people who are friends) of your friends).
Using the Instagram Explore function
The Explore function is a screen with images and videos that Instagram chooses based on factors such as general popularity, your own location, and things that you previously liked. If you are looking for accounts to follow and prefer not to give Instagram access to your contacts, this is a good alternative.
It is easy to do. In the start screen of the Instagram app, click on the magnifying glass icon in the bottom row. From there you can find many new accounts to follow.
If you tap the search bar at the top of the Explore page, you can type specific accounts to follow or look through the three tabs that appear below the search bar for more ideas.
The Person Icon suggests accounts that you might like, including celebrities such as LeBron James, or things that are relevant to your location, such as local news broadcasts or concert locations.
The hashtag (#) icon allows you to search for topics you want to see. Many Instagram users include hashtags in their posts to make them easier to find (for example, by tagging a photo of their Saturday morning waffles and eggs with #brunch).
You can search and follow hashtags just like accounts. When you search, Instagram proposes related hashtags to help you find even more that you are looking for. For example, if a birdwatcher from Texas searches for #birdsoftexas, more than 16,000 messages appear. But the proposed hashtags have even more reach, including #best_birds_of_ig (862,000) and #birdphotography (3.9 million). Often a few simple searches will lead you to the best hashtags to follow for your interests.
Finally, with the map pin icon you can search by location, which is enabled by the GPS GPS tagging feature of Instagram. The default setting is messages near your current location, but you can also enter search terms to find landmarks, vacation spots or even favorite restaurants or state parks.
Keep finding great new Instagram accounts and hashtags
As you use the app, your favorite accounts are likely to attract interesting comments from other users and contain many relevant hashtags that you may want to follow. Keep browsing and you will certainly find lots of fresh content for your Instagram timeline.
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