How to mention someone on Instagram

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Whether you share a story or comment on Instagram, you can mention someone in it. This mentioning someone is also known as tagging on Instagram. Mentioning someone in a story or a comment means adding a direct link to the Instagram user's profile page.

This link, when tapped, will take you to the Instagram user profile page. Whenever you mention someone on Instagram, the user receives a notification informing them of this mention. Instagram users will also receive a direct message with a story preview.

See also: How to make a private story on Instagram.

Mentioning in a story

You can mention someone in an Instagram story posted on your account. To do this, you need to know the username of the Instagram user you want to mention. To find out the username, open the profile page of that Instagram user, and you will find the username beside the profile picture of the user. Note this username. Do this for all the Instagram users you want to mention in your story. You can now start mentioning them in your story.

Create a story first. Keep reading if you do not know how to create a story.

  • First, you need to go to the home page of your Instagram account and then swipe right or tap on the camera icon in the top-right corner of the app screen.
  • Next, take a photo or record a video and add some filters, stickers, text, etc.
  • Tap on the ‘Aa’ icon and type each of the Instagram users you want to mention. Note that you must type the ‘@’ symbol before each username.

  • Once you have finished, tap on the ‘send to’ option in the bottom-right corner. Choose whom you want to send this story to, and tap on the ‘share’ option.
  • Lastly, tap on the ‘done’ option.

Mentioning in a comment

When you mention someone, they can see the location (i.e., an Instagram story or an Instagram post) on Instagram where they have been mentioned. If you are commenting on an Instagram post, you might want to mention someone so they can see that post. It could be a trending post you want to share with the user. Or, it could be an Instagram post by one of your friends, and you want to make this post reach as many numbers of Instagram users as possible. Mentioning someone in a comment is straightforward.

  • First, go to that post where you want to mention someone.
  • Now, type the ‘@’ symbol. Instagram will start suggesting some Instagram users you have connected with before. You can choose someone from this list, or if you know the username of that Instagram user, type it in after the ‘@’ symbol. Do this for each of the Instagram users that you want to mention.

Points to note:

  • When an Instagram user is mentioned in a story, that user can also post that same story if they want on their own Instagram account.
  • If you cannot mention a particular Instagram user, then the user has set the privacy settings so that no one can mention them.
  • There is a limit to how many Instagram users you can mention on a page of your story. You can only mention a maximum of 10 Instagram users on one page of your story.
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