Instagram unfiltered: 16 great features nobody showed you earlier

Manage your filters

Instagram’s latest update adds five new filters to your shady repertoire. But with so many filters at your disposal, it can be a little difficult to keep track of them all. So now, not only do the filters come with a little blurry preview of the treatment your photo can expect to receive, you can also manage your filters for easier Instagram-ing.

Make it happen: You can reorganise your filters directly on the filter list. Tap and drag to rearrange or hide the ones you don’t use at all so you don’t have to swipe through the lot to find your favourite filter. Scroll right to the end of your filters and you’ll see Manage Filters hidden right at the end. Tap on it to bring up the whole list of filters to re-enable those you've hidden if you experience any regret.

Using Instagram Direct

Bet you have always noticed that little inbox icon in the top right hand corner of your Instagram feed, but never bothered finding out what it’s for. It’s okay, we’re here to unravel the mystery for you. It’s the key to a little-used function called Instagram Direct.

Make it happen: If you’ve got a photo you’d like to share with a select few, activate Instagram Direct instead of sharing it with all your followers. When Instagram-ing, do the usual (select photo, edit, and share). Instead of sharing to Followers, tap Direct instead and select those in on the joke. After which, you can see who has viewed the shared photo, liked, or commented on it.

You can also view the conversation unfolding in real time if you've nothing better to do but stare at your phone all day.

Refusing Instagram Direct

Of course, not everyone wants to be a part of this group activity. You can see what you’re a part of by tapping that folder icon again. If there’s anything you refuse to be part of, you can exit the conversation gracefully.

Make it happen: Tap on said conversation, then tap on the icon next to the comment bar to bring up the options relevant to this feature. You can choose to either Ignore posts or Hide this post. The former stops you from receiving direct requests from a particular person while the latter allows you to exit without the sender finding out that anything's amiss because the photo will still reflect your presence in the group.

If you’re feeling particularly evil, you could also report it as inappropriate.