This Instagram trick totally changed how I used the iPhone app

Instagram is one of the most popular social networks in the world. But while the vast majority of users like to browse through their customised feed, I prefer to surf Instagram by user profile.

Recently while browsing, I found a shortcut that’s completely changed how I use Instagram. It’s simple, and it works across all iPhone models, so you don’t need the latest and greatest device to take advantage of it.

It’s simple: Whenever Instagram shows you a grid of photos, and you want to take a closer look at one, instead of tapping on the photo, you should press and hold on the photo. Then, if you want to comment or like, simply swipe up.

Here’s how it works:

The key to the trick is not to tap. Hold your finger down on the screen instead. It's a subtle difference that pops up an image preview, instead of linking you to the image's comments page.

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Here's what the preview screen looks like when you hold down. The photo won't be quite as large as it is on its own page, but it's pretty close. If you stop pressing on the screen, you'll be booted back to a grid view. But if you swipe the photo up, you'll get options to like the photo, add a comment, or send to a friend.

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You won't see the photo's caption, nor how many likes or comments it has. But that could be a plus because it keeps the focus on the image.

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The trick basically works anywhere in the app that gives you a grid of photos. Even in the Explore tab. The trick also works for video, which will play under your finger, the way Snapchat used to work.

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Have fun!

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Do you know other hidden Instagram tips or tricks? Leave them in the comments.

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