Close Friends Feature on Instagram App Android iOS

Use close friend feature Instagram
Use close friend feature Instagram

Do you know how to use and manage Instagram’s Close Friends Feature? How to share your Instagram Story with close friends only on Instagram App? Fortunately, Instagram developed a whitelist option for this time. If you don’t want to share Instagram Story with your entire followers because of sharing content (text, videos, and photos) on a more casual basis than regular posts. But they do not always require being view by whole your followers. Especially if you have many numbers relatives, current friends, former college colleagues, and coworkers. In this case, the Close Friends feature on Instagram might be the best solution. This feature will allow you to share an Instagram Story with just a small group of friends.

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What Is Instagram’s Close Friends Feature?

Close Friends Feature on Instagram is a customizable list of the followers or friends you want to share your stories with the most. The feature was developed and designed to help the user instantly share those more intimate stories with just the followers you consider to be nearest to you (whether you follow them or not)

For the time being, the feature of Close Friends can only be used with stories—not other Instagram sharing functions like direct messages or posts

How to Manage a Close Friends List on the Instagram app of iOS and Android

Let’s show you a few ways you can configure your Close Friends list for Instagram Stories on iOS and Android devices. You will need to add someone to the list of Close Friend by visiting his profile or use the dedicated Close Friends screen from your own. When you create a close friends list then you can share your stories and you can remove a friend or edit the friends list.

Important Note: The Close Friends Feature can only be accessible on the official Instagram Smartphone app for Android or iOS. You are unable to use the close Friends feature on Instagram.com in a web browser. Both of the ways are the same but one manages the old list on Android and on iOS create a new list of closed friends.

How to Use Close Friends Feature on Instagram on Android Device

Here are the steps to manage, create, and add close friends list on your Android device:

  1. Tap to open the Instagram app on your Android phone
  2. Log in to your Instagram Account with your credentials (Username & Password) if not.
  3. Then tap on the Human icon from the bottom right side to go to your profile
  4. Next, select the Hamburger menu from the top right side
  5. Go down and tap on the Close Friends option
  6. You will be shown a Close Friends and Suggested users to add or List of those users you interact with the most
  7. Scroll down to Suggestions Friends List or Search by Name or Username or tap Add option from the top right side
  8. Locate the User and tap on the Add blue option or you can tap on the Person name or Username and Repeat for more user to add
  9. The person will add to your Close Friends List
How to Use Close Friends Feature on Instagram on Android Device
How to Use Close Friends Feature on Instagram on Android Device
Tap on Add Blue button to Add to Close Friends list
Tap on Add Blue button to Add to Close Friends list

How to Use Close Friends Feature on Instagram on iOS (iPhone and iPad) Device

iOS users can follow the below steps to create, add, manage, and access the Close friends list on their device:

  1. Open the Instagram app on your iOS (iPhone or iPad) phone
  2. Log in to your Instagram Account with your credentials (Username & Password) if not.
  3. Then tap on your Profile Photo in the bottom-right corner to go to your Profile.
  4. Next, select the Three Horizontal Bars from the top right side
  5. Go down and tap on the Close Friends option
  6. Now tap on the Get Started option for the first time using this feature the list will be empty
  7. In the Search, Bar type someone’s name to look for them on the Instagram
  8. Once you find the user then tap on the Add option next to the account name to add to your Close Friends list. You will require to Repeat these steps for all the friends you want to add
  9. Tap on the Create List option once you are done and your Close Friends list is ready
  10. Go back to your Close Friends section, at the top you will view the users you added to the list.
  11. You will also see the suggested profiles list, now tap on Add option if you want to add any one of them to your Close Friends.
How to Use Close Friends Feature on Instagram on iOS (iPhone and iPad) Device
How to Use Close Friends Feature on Instagram on iOS (iPhone and iPad) Device
Tap on Close Friends option and Get Started
Tap on Close Friends option and Get Started
Search or Go to Suggested Friends and Tap Add option
Search or Go to Suggested Friends and Tap Add option
Tap on The Create List option
Tap on The Create List option

An alternative way to Use the Close Friends Feature on Instagram App for iOS or Android devices

Here is an alternative way to make, add, and use the close friend’s List on the Instagram app on your Mobile for Android or iOS devices:

  1. Open and log into your Instagram
  2. Tap on the Human icon (Android) or Profile photo (iPhone) to go to your profile
  3. Select the Three Horizontal line bars from the top
  4. Then tap on the Close Friends option from the menu
  5. Tap on the Add from the top or type the Name in the Search bar
  6. Next tap on the Person Name or Account to open it you want to add
  7. After that, tap on the following option from the profile of the person once open
  8. Now tap on the Add to Close Friends List option once the menu slides up from the bottom
  9. The person will add to Close Friends List and repeat these steps to add more friends, accounts, or followers.
Open You IG Profile and Tap on Close Friends List
Open You IG Profile and Tap on Close Friends List
Alternative way to Use the Close Friends Feature on Instagram
An alternative way to Use the Close Friends Feature on Instagram

How to Remove Someone from Close Friends List on Instagram

If you change your mind and want to remove someone or remove all users from your Closed Friends list on Instagram. Let’s show you the simple steps that how to do:

  1. Open your Instagram Account
  2. Tap on the Human icon or Profile photo at the bottom to go your profile
  3. Select Hamburger Menu icon from the top right side
  4. Then tap on the Close Friends option
  5. A simple tap on the Remove option next to the Person profile or Account name
  6. You can also tap on the Account Name of the person you want to remove
  7. Tap on the Following option from the person profile once open
  8. Now tap on the Close Friends in the menu once slide out from the bottom
  9. The person will Remove from your Close Friends list
How to Remove Someone from Close Friends List on Instagram
How to Remove Someone from Close Friends List on Instagram
Tap to Open Profile, Following option and Close Friend
Tap to Open Profile, Following option and Close Friend

You can edit and change anytime your Close Friends, and as many times as you wish Instagram does not notify your friends about your activity of removing or adding to Close Friends list. Recently there is no limit available to how many numbers of users you can add to your Close Friends.

How to Share Instagram Stories With Close Friends on Instagram App

The Instagram app combines the feature of Close Friends with the Instagram Stories interface.  Let’s show here in the below steps to share your Instagram stories with your Close Friends list on Instagram App.

  1. Tap on the Camera icon or Your Story option or Swipe right in the feed from anywhere
  2. Create a new Instagram’s Story
  3. Then tap on the Take Photo icon, or Tap and Hold to record a video
  4. You can choose a video or photo from your mobile’s Gallery or Library, swipe to your screen anywhere
  5. Once you are finished with Editing to your Story, from the bottom tap on Close Friends option to share it with your Close Friends list
  6. After that, in the Stories section, your Profile icon will have around a green circle to identify it is a Close Friends Story.
  7. In the Stories section, you see this same green circle around a user’s profile photo, then it means you are including in their Close Friends List.
  8. Now tap on Your Story option to see your own Close Friends story
  9. Tap on the Close Friends option from the right side
  10. Select the Edit Your Close Friends List from the dialogue box
  11. You can see which of your Close Friends have seen your story by Swipe up on the story
How to Share Instagram Stories With Close Friends on Instagram App
How to Share Instagram Stories With Close Friends on Instagram App
Select the Edit Your Close Friends List
Select the Edit Your Close Friends List
Swipe up on Your Story to See Which Close Friends Seen or View
Swipe up on Your Story to See Which Close Friends Seen or View

Read: How to Delete seen Someone’s Instagram Story and Messages

Using Thread App Go to Close Friends List on iOS and Android

  1. Instagram has provided a new Threads app dedicated to your Close Friends list on Android and iPhone devices.
  2. Get the Thread app for Android from Google Play Store and iOS on the App Store
  3. It is the best source to keep in touch with your dearest and nearest friends without getting distracted by video or memes.
  4. Threads are the Close Friends feature in your own app
  5. It will permit you to quickly and easily share an Instagram story with your complete Close Friends list or one friend.
  6. Your Instagram DMs with Close Friends are accessible in the Thread app
  7. Conversations will be working for you in the Threads if your friends do not use the app ( They will need to use the Close Friends option in the Instagram)
Using Thread App Go to Close Friends List on iOS and Android
Using Thread App Go to Close Friends List on iOS and Android

How Instagram Users Know They’re One of Your Close Friends

Although Instagram does not send any notification to the users whenever you add to or remove them from your Close Friends list. They will be able to differentiate your stories shared with Close Friends from your stories shared with all users by viewing at the green color circle around your profile photo in the stories feed whenever you share a new story.

Followers in your Close Friends list will view a green color circle around your profile photo bubble as opposed to the pink color circle that is typically seen around profile photo for normal stories. The green color circle is the only way a friend can tell you that they are Close Friends.

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