Instagram unfiltered: 16 great features nobody showed you earlier

All killer, no filter

Isn’t Instagram just about slapping filters onto your photos and then checking back in to see how many likes you've managed to acquire?

Nope, it isn’t. There’s more to Instagram than meets the eye, especially with its latest update. And we’ve kindly poked around the nooks and crannies of Instagram to help you make the most of all the functions that are at your disposal.

Save your data

Unlimited data is a luxury that few of us get. For the rest of us, we have to scrimp and save just to make it through the month on our meager 2GB.

But there are so many Instag accounts to poke around in, so many puppies to coo at, and so many food photos to make ourselves hate ourselves for looking. Before you know, you’ve blitzed through too much data. There’s a way to curb your Instag’s datappetite.

Make it happen: Go to Settings, hit Cellular Data Use and make sure Use Less Data is switched on. You won’t miss out on the visual fun, but your experience might be a little affected in the sense that the images will take a while to load. But that’s better than having no data at all by the middle of the month.

What Instagram really needs to do though is bring back the option to stop videos from autoplaying. We don’t need to watch every video, you know.

Destroy search evidence

“I absolutely do not have search history that I’m ashamed of,” said no one ever. If you’ve ever searched tags for echidna just to see what one looks like, here’s how to make sure no one ever catches wind of your Animal Planet ignorance.

P.S.: Instagram search results are not gospel.

P.P.S.: Sonic might be a hedgehog, but Knuckles is an echidna. So there you go. 

Make it happen: Head into Settings. Near the bottom, you’ll find Clear Search History. Tap on that, and then Yes, I’m sure to wipe your mortifying searches off the face of Instagram.

Switching up Instag accounts

It’s about time that Instag faced up to the fact that many of us have multiple accounts, whether it’s for work or for every single one of our five dogs. Thank the square-photo gods that we no longer have to go through the process of signing in and out every time we want to post an update of their incremental growth.

Make it happen: Go to your profile then Settings, marked by that little gear icon. Scroll all the way to the bottom to add additional accounts by entering your username and password.

Once that’s done, all you have to do is tap your username at the top of your profile to move between accounts. You will always know which account you’re active in via the profile photo. Just make sure you don’t post personal photos to your work account. You’ve been warned.

This feature is available in version 7.15 for iOS and Android so make sure you’ve got the most updated.