How to add Close Friends on Instagram

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With a fair portion of the world practising social-distancing, self-isolation and enforced lockdowns, navigating your social life has been reduced to the stories, the posts and the comments seen on social media platforms.

To make keeping up with your favourites a little simpler, Instagram has added a ‘close friends’ function that allows you to share content with your special few. And while this function is nothing new – it was launched in 2018 – it is possibly more useful now than ever.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to add your besties to your ‘close friends’ list:

Step 1: Open your Instagram app on either iOS or Android


Step 2: Click on your profile icon in the bottom right corner of the Instagram homepage

Step 3: Tap on the menu button in the top right corner of your profile page

Step 4: After step 3, a list of settings and preferences will appear. Select the ‘close friends’ tab

Step 5: Once completing step 4, you’ll notice a ‘Get Started’ button – click it and wait for Instagram to pull through your followers.

Step 6: Select the followers that you would like to make close friends and then click ‘create list’.

Creating a ‘close friends’ list is a great way to share content with only a select few, it also highlights those followers in your feed so they’re more visible. Instagram says users should keep in mind that “people on your close friends list will know they’re on it, but they can’t see who else is on your list. Only you can see your close friends list, and no one can request to be added”.

Edited by Jenna Delport
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