How To Like Instagram Stories
Instagram Stories Tips and Tricks: How to Like
Instagram has become a hugely popular social media site where people share photos and videos from their lives, used by celebrities and everyday people alike. The Instagram Stories feature, where users can produce a slide show of images and share it with friends before the story disappears after 24 hours, has become a huge hit. More than 400 million people use Stories each day as of June 2018. Clearly, Instagram Stories has acquired its fair share of fans.
Despite the popularity of Instagram Stories, however, a lot of people still have questions about the way the interface works. It’s not always the clearest or most intuitive app to use, especially when one aspect of it might not behave in the same way as a previous aspect. That’s why we’ve created a series of tips and tricks articles, presenting our helpful step-by-step guides to help you fully enjoy using Instagram Stories.
In this edition of the Tips and Tricks series, we take a look at: How to Like Instagram Stories.
Instagram Stories: How to Like
To get the short answer out of the way right out of the gate, you can’t “like” an Instagram story.
Instagram Stories is a bit of an odd duck when it comes to “likes”. Normal Instagram is very much like Facebook – you can like a post or picture just by tapping the proper icon, whether that’s the thumbs-up in Facebook or the heart symbol in Instagram. However, Instagram Stories works a bit differently. Instagram Stories are supposed to foster a sense of community amongst the site’s user-base. So in this case, the equivalent of a “like” is to send the story’s creator a personal message.
Instagram seems to feel that sending a message requires more effort and involvement and so is more meaningful, particularly since the Story would disappear after a day and take its “likes” with it, whereas a message will be read (presumably) and remembered. (That said, messages sent to an Instagram Story poster will also disappear once a day has passed.) While this may seem to be a bit of a burden and a hassle, it really is consistent with the message of the Instagram Stories feature. Rather than a single snap, the Stories feature offers users a much more intimate look into other peoples’ lives. Forcing one user to message another in order to express an opinion on a Story is Instagram’s way of encouraging more connection between users.
Since you can’t just “like” a story, we’ll tell you how to message someone to show your appreciation instead.
- First you need to select someone’s story, of course. To do this, open the app and select one of the stories that are offered at the top of the homepage.
- Once you’ve opened a story, give a light tap on “Send Message” (there’s a big blue arrow pointing at it on the photo below), which should be located at the bottom left of your screen.
- Now type in whatever you want to say. Try to be nice! You wouldn’t “like” a picture you hated, so you probably shouldn’t start shouting at someone for a story you don’t like.
- Tap “Send” and your message will go straight to the user you’re viewing.
Unlike the usual Instagram messages which are visible to the public, Instagram Stories messages can only be seen by the person you send them to. They’re also directly attached to the story you messaged about, so they’ll disappear within 24 hours too.
How to Stop People Messaging You
The flip side of messaging is that if you post a lot of popular stories, you might find yourself getting overwhelmed by messages, or you may have a follower who persistently bugs you. Whether it’s out of admiration or just because they’ve decided they want attention, the end result is the same, and no one wants to be pestered all day long.
If you get too many messages or don’t want to hear from someone, you can block them, but only if you have set your profile to private. Here’s how to block a user who is annoying you:
- Navigate to your profile and click the “Settings” icon, which looks like a little gear in the top-right hand corner of your screen.
- Tap so that “Private account” is enabled.
- Now go to your list of followers and find whichever person is bothering you.
- Next to their name there will be three dots, which offer more options. Tap the three dots.
- The option to “Remove” will pop-up in a message. Click on it and the person is gone.
To the person you’ve just removed, you account will now look like that of the picture below. Remember, though, that if you revert back to having a public profile then the person will be able to follow you again, without a request. But if you keep your account private, then the person must request access, which you can choose to ignore. Hurrah!