Instagram Stories are pictures or videos of up to 15 seconds. It can be shared with your friends on Instagram and it disappears after 24 hours of posting. Instagram Stories appear at the top left corner of your Home screen while tapping on your ‘Profile’ icon. We now look into the ins and outs of how do I mention someone on my Instagram stories.
When you share an Instagram story, you can mention users so that their names will appear on your story. And you can view the profile mentioned by tapping on it. There are various ways to mention users on your Instagram story which are detailed in the article below.
Ways To Mention Someone On Your Instagram Stories With An “@”
You can mention someone on your Instagram stories from a ‘Profile’ icon or a ‘Home’ screen. It is almost the same but the steps are a little different. So, you can follow these steps to mention someone in your story.
Step 1: Launch Instagram
Launch your Instagram app from your app menu on your device.
Step 2: Go To ‘Profile’ Icon Or ‘Home’ Screen
On the top left corner of your Instagram ‘Home’ screen, tap on a ‘Profile’ icon with a ‘+’ sign. Or tap on a ‘+’ sign at the bottom of your ‘Home’ screen.
Step 3: Take A Picture Or Video From Camera
Tap on the ‘STORY’ icon in the middle of the ‘POST’ and ‘LIVE’ icon at the bottom right corner of the screen and shoot the content.
Step 4: Edit Your Instagram Story
After you shoot the content, you can mention the person you want to tag in the story. To do this, first, click on the text icon “Aa” in the upper right corner of the screen.
Step 5: Mention Someone On The Story
Then tap on the story area to tag a user, start with “@” and type the name you want to mention. Of course, the profile icon will also appear at the bottom, suggesting a name for you.
Step 6: Tag Name Of Someone On The Story
Now select the profile icon you want to mention. You can mention up to 10 names in a story.
Step 7: Share Your Instagram Story
After mentioning all the names, you can share Instagram stories with your friends by clicking on the ‘Send To’ button and then clicking on the ‘Share’ button.
How To Mention Someone On Your Instagram Stories By Adding A Sticker
Likewise, you can also mention someone on your Instagram stories by adding a sticker. Here are the steps to follow:
Step 1: Launch Instagram App
Launch your Instagram app from your app menu.
Step 2: Go To ‘Profile’ Icon Or ‘Home’ Screen
You can add a sticker to mention someone on your Instagram stories from both the ‘Profile’ icon or ‘Home’ screen. So, you can either go to the Profile icon on the top left corner of the screen.
Step 3: Take A Picture Or Video
You can either shoot a picture or a video from the white circle at the center.
Step 4: Edit An Instagram Story
To mention someone on an Instagram story, first tap on the ‘smiley text’ icon in a square box which is at the top row of the screen.
Step 5: Mention Someone On An Instagram Story
Then select the ‘@MENTION’ tag sticker from the options below and a sticker will appear in the middle of the screen. You can type the desired name from your friends with a list.
Step 6: Tag Name Of A Person On An Instagram Story
Now select the ‘Profile’ icon from the suggestion. You can move and resize the sticker as required.
Step 7: Share Your Instagram Story
After mentioning all the names, you can share Instagram stories by clicking on the ‘Send To’ button’ and then clicking on the ‘Share’ button.
How To Add IGTV To Your Instagram Story?
IGTV is used to allow you to share videos up to 1 hour in length. But recently Instagram has ditched the IGTV feature and introduced the reel feature. Here are the steps to follow to add your IGTV videos to your Instagram Story.
Step 1: Launch An Instagram App
You have to launch an Instagram app from the app menu of your device.
Step 2: Go To Your Profile
Tap on your ‘Profile’ icon on the bottom right corner of your ‘Home’ screen.
Step 3: Tap On An IGTV Video Icon
Tap on the ‘IGTV’ icon on the middle part with a zig-zag inside a square box and antenna.
Step 4: Select An IGTV Video
Open the IGTV video that you have already made before from the list below.
Step 5: Share An IGTV Video
Tap on the ‘arrow’ icon on the bottom row and click on ‘Add video to your story’.
Now your IGTV video will be shared on your Instagram story. You can also edit your IGTV story like a normal Instagram story with different tools available.
How To Hide Mentions In An Instagram Story?
When you don’t want to show the names you have mentioned on your Instagram story then you can hide them as well. Here are different ways to hide the mentions of your Instagram story.
Hide By Dragging Beside The Story
After adding a mention on your Instagram story, you can drag them beside the story on the right-hand side or left-hand side. Although the mention will be there and notification will be sent to the mentioned user, other viewers will not be able to find it.
Place Them On Single Color Background
You can make the text color of your mention the same as the background of the story so that nobody would notice. Though the mention will be already there and notification will be sent to the mentioned user, others will not be able to find it on the story.
Invisible Tag On Your Instagram Story
If you want to make a mention tag invisible on your Instagram story then there are few steps to make your tag invisible to people.
Step 1: Type A Text Object On Your Instagram Story
You can type a text object on your Instagram story post with ‘@’ mention.
Step 2: Place A mention On Your Instagram Story
And place the mention wherever you want on your Instagram story.
Step 3: Click On The Text Color
Then click on the text color button which is on the top row of the screen.
Step 4: Select A Box
Select an ‘A’ letter with a box at the top-right.
Now your tag will be invisible to others.
How Do People Know That I Have Mentioned Them In My Instagram Story?
After posting an Instagram story, people whom you have mentioned on your Instagram story will receive a push notification immediately after you post. Also, they will receive a direct message with the story preview that will disappear after 24 hours. You can also look into changing the look of the stories you have mentioned people in such as changing the background color of an Instagram story.
What Are The Reasons To Mention People In Your Instagram Story?
There are some reasons to tag or mention people in your Instagram story. Here are the reasons explained briefly.
Your Instagram Story Features A Person
If your Instagram story features a photo or video of a person, it is a good option to mention them. If you do this people can go to their respective profiles and learn about them and follow them.
Instagram Story Content Is Relevant
If your Instagram story is relevant to some person or business, then it is better to mention them in your Instagram story so that they will also know that you have shared something about them.
Benefits To Mention People In Your Instagram Story
There are certain benefits of tagging people in your Instagram stories. Some of them are explained below.
Increase The Reach Of The People
When you mention someone in your Instagram stories, it will notify them and also allow them to share your story on their profile. Like this, you can reach out to many people.
Build The Community
When many people are reached out, it also helps to build the community. For example, when you are doing a social activity in the community, like-minded people could join hands with you for better work.
Frequently Asked Questions
Some frequently asked questions on how to mention someone on Instagram stories are below.
How To Mention Someone After Posting Your Instagram Stories
Unfortunately, you cannot mention anyone once your Instagram stories have been shared. You can only mention posts or comments on Instagram once you share them.
Who Can See My Instagram Story?
It depends on the privacy settings you have done in your Instagram account. For private accounts, only your approved followers can see your Instagram story. And for public accounts, anyone can see your Instagram story.
Why Can’t I Mention Someone On Instagram?
If you can’t mention or tag someone on your Instagram story then there might be some problem with the options below.
- Misspelled the username
- You forgot to keep @ before the username
- The user has blocked you
- User has deleted their account
- User has deactivated their account
- You have not followed them and their account is private.
Thus, mentioning someone in your Instagram story is a very simple and effective way to reach out to people and interact with them by visiting their respective profiles. Similarly, it makes it easier to connect people in the community. Also, it helps in promoting brands by mentioning their names in your Instagram story.