Instagram is quickly becoming a popular app. Not only has it recently become available to Android devices, but in less than one year, it has climbed from 5 million to 30 million users. Instagram is a photo sharing app that allows users to take pictures and apply filters to change the look and style of the photo. New photos can be changed to look old, and these new creations can then be published to Instagram, where your followers can like and comment on your photos, or they can be published to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr and Posterous.
The popular photo-sharing app is very easy to use, but if you’re unfamiliar with it, the following is a step-by-step guide shows you how to use Instagram on Android to help you get the hang of it.
How to Use Instagram on Android
Step 1: Download Instagram
Locate and download Instagram through your Google Play Store.
Step 2: Open the app
Once Instagram has been successfully downloaded, you need to open the app.
Step 3: Sign up
Since you are a new Instagram user, you will need to sign up for the app by filling out some required information, such as email address, username and password. You also have the option to include your phone number and to upload a photo.
Step 4: Get some contacts
The purpose of Instagram is to post pictures that others can see as well as look at pictures that others post. But before you can look at others’ pictures, you have to designate people to follow. You can either import contacts manually, or you can choose friends from your contact list, Twitter account or Facebook account. You can also search for people through Instagram. If you don’t import or choose everyone at first, you can always go back and add more later. When you’re done, click Next.
Step 5: Choose people to follow
Along with inputting your own contacts, you can also follow specific people by clicking the Follow button next to their name. When you are finished, click Done.
Step 6: Check out pictures
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On the main Feed page, you can scroll through the app and see all the posts from other users. If you come across a picture you like, you can “like” it by clicking the Like button, or you can leave a comment by clicking the Comment button.
Step 7: See what’s popular
Using the Popular tab, you can view images that are the most popular on Instagram.
Step 8: Take pictures
To take a picture, click on the camera icon. To choose from your album, click the photo icon.
Step 9: Apply filters
Choose from many filters to add to your photo and changes its style. When you are finished, click Next.
Step 10: Describe your photos
In the What text field, you can input a description of the photo.
Step 11: Share your work
You can choose to share your photo on multiple social networks by selecting the respective ones in the Sharing option. When you are all finished, click Done. Your photo can now be seen on Instagram as well as the social networks you selected.
Bonnie Witt is a photographer and writer who loves to write and spend time with her family. She never writes without the aid of a grammar checker to proof her work and ensure it is professional and doesn’t break any grammar rules.