What is Instagram?
Consider this as a send button. You can use it to send the post to your Instagram friends via Instagram messaging or add the post to your story.
This icon lets you save or bookmark the post to your collections. To view the saved posts, open your Instagram profile screen and tap on the three-bar icon at the top. Choose Saved from the menu. Saved posts are private and only you can view them.
The person icon on a post means that someone is tagged in the post. Tap on the post to reveal the username of the tagged person.
The three-dot icon on the posts offers various other options like sharing outside of Instagram, turning on post notifications, and more.
The add or plus icon lets you create a new post, story, live, or Reels video.
The search icon takes you to the Explore feed. Here you will discover new content automatically. And if you are looking for something, tap on the search bar at the top and enter your query.
This icon will take you to the Reels feed. Swipe up to view new Reels.
Tapping on it will display your Instagram notifications.
On the profile or bio screen, you will find various tabs. Those include posts, Reels, IGTV, and tagged posts. Tap on the one to switch to it.
If you are viewing your own bio screen, you will see a small down arrow next to your username at the top. Tap on it to switch between multiple profiles if any. If you see a red dot, it means one of the other accounts has unread notifications.
When you are checking someone else’s profile, you will see a Bell icon. Tap on it to enable notifications from that person when they post a story, Reel, IGTV video, etc.
The small arrow next to the Following button lets you mute, restrict, unfollow, or add the person to the Close Friends list.
While watching stories, you will find the Paper plane icon. Tapping on it will let you send or share the story with others.
If you want to reply to the creator of the story, tap on the Send message button. You will see quick reaction smileys. Tap on it to send a smiley as a reply or tap on the GIF icon to send a GIF. You can also type your reply in the Send message box.
On Instagram Reels, you will find similar icons as present on a post. That is the heart button, chat bubble, and paper plane icon. All of them have the same meaning as that of the post. Apart from that, you will have the Sound icon. Tapping on it will take you to the audio page of the sound used in the video. You will also see a Camera icon at the top that lets you create a new Reel.