How to choose your close friends on Instagram

Not enough of the confusions of life on Facebook, Instagram wants you to choose who your close friends are on the platform. The initiative is part of a privacy feature that allows you to share your Stories only with people close to you.

This means you can create a “Close Friends” list and share the story only with people who are on the list. This choice is not final and you can update it to remove or include people at any time. Your contacts will not be notified when you add or remove them, but will know they are “special.”

How do I know if I’m a close friend on Instagram?

Anyone added to a list will see a green badge when viewing that person’s stories and a green ring around her profile photo on Instagram.

People on the “close Friends” list will know they are part of it, but they will not be able to see who else is on the list. Only you can see the list and nobody can ask to be added (that good, right?!). Stories also last only 24 hours.

How to choose who your best friends are?

If you already have a lot of friends on Instagram, this is going to suck … You need to find out which people you want to include in the list, or use Instagram’s suggestions. My suggestions were very accurate, with people who most exchanged messages.

  1. Touch the half man icon in the bottom right corner;
  2. Tap on the menu in the upper right corner;
  3. Touch “Close Friends” (below “Saved”).
  4. Search for a name and touch Add next to the person (or use the suggestions);
  5. Touch “Finish” when you’re done adding people to the list.

Once you choose, when creating a new Story, simply choose “close” Friends at the bottom left to publish only to that group. In your Stories, a label, also green (the color of the feature) will highlight the posts that are only for this list.

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