How to get started with Instagram

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1. Get the app

To get started with Instagram you'll want to first make sure you have the app installed on your Apple or Android device.

For Apple devices like the iPhone 6S and the Apple Watch, you can download the Instagram app from the App Store, either on your device on from the website.

If you've got an Android device such as the Sony Xperia Z5, Samsung Galaxy S6 or Nexus 6P, then you can download Instagram from the Google Play Store or via the website as well.

2. View your own profile

To view your own profile on the app, tap the head and shoulders icon at the bottom right of the screen.

From here you can see how many how many followers you have, how many people you follow, and how many posts you've made. You can also edit your profile, access settings, and see all the photos you've shared with followers.

3. Find other users

You can search for other users – for example to find people you might want to follow – by tapping the magnifying glass at the bottom of the screen.

This will take you to a screen with a search bar, and below that, a section called 'Discover People.' If you tap that you'll be taken to another screen with a feed of user accounts and photos that Instagram thinks you might want to follow.

Below Discover People is a grid of photos that are popular in your country. Tap the search bar and start typing to search for users.

4. View activity

The third icon from the left at the bottom of the screen – the one that looks like a heart inside a speech bubble – is where you tap to see activity on your account.

Like tapping Activity on the Apple Watch app, this shows who has liked or commented on your photos, as well as people who have recently followed you. Unlike the Watch app, you can also see, by tapping the Following tab, activity of people you follow on photos not posted by you.

5. View your inbox

The inbox icon at the top left of the home screen allows you to send images or videos directly to a friend or friends.

You choose an image in the normal way, then decide who you want to send it to, either by searching for their name, or scrolling through the list of people you follow.

6. More options

The three dots below each image on your feed allow you to delete, edit or share an image on another network if it's your own photo.

If it's a photo posted by someone you follow, you can share it on Facebook or Twitter, report it as inappropriate, or copy the URL and share it.