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One of the relatively new and wildly underrated features to come to the Instagram app is the ability to post photos without even opening the app.

This does, of course, come with the caveat that if you use this method, you will not have access to the one thing that makes Instagram so popular: its filters.

But if you don’t use Instagram’s filters, or have edited your photo in another iOS photo editing app, then you can start by launching Photos and opening up the image you want to post.

Hit the Share button in the bottom-left hand corner, which pulls up the different ways you can share the image: AirDrop, message, etc. The first time you do this, you will have to swipe to the end of the apps that are listed and click the “More” button.

Under the list of apps that you can use with your photo, scroll down to Instagram, and swipe the button on.

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Once you’ve done that, you’ll find Instagram listed among those apps. Tap the Instagram icon and it will open up a dialog box where you can add a caption to the image. To post it to Instagram, hit the Share button and your photo will be posted.

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The same method can be used directly from the native Camera app as well, allowing you to post images as soon as you’ve taken them.

Do you have any other tips and tricks you use with Instagram? Let us know in the comments.

  1. Tony C
    July 1, 2016 at 8:10 am

    What a hassle! I didn't expect this! I thought instagram would have been more user friendly on iOS devices since they catered to them for so long before sharing the app with Android. No wonder people are ditching iOS and moving to Android.

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