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How to add notes on Instagram

Last Updated on January 9, 2023
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Instagram has a new feature – Instagram notes. This lets you post short messages to your Close Friends, or those followers which you follow back. If you are a little confused on how to navigate this, read on!

These special messages, like stories, only last 24 hours. However, you can only post one at a time. If you post another, it will delete the old one. So it’s a bit like a live status. You can only post up to 60 characters, so it’s got to be pretty short, too. It’s pretty similar to the MSN Messenger days of old, when you could let your friends know what you were up to or thinking about that moment, in word form.

Notes will pop up in your inbox, above regular messages. If you want to reply to somebody’s note, all you have to do is tap it. Replies will go through as normal DMs in the other person’s inbox.

If you’re confused about how to create add notes on Instagram, then read on!

How do I add notes on Instagram?

Without further ado, here’s our guide on how to add notes on Instagram.

How to add notes on Instagram

Adding notes on Instagram is easy when you know how! Here’s our guide to get you started.

Step 1


Update Instagram

You’ll need the latest update on Instagram for this feature to work. Go to the App Store or Google Play and make sure it’s up to date! Just tap ‘update’.

Step 2


Go to your Instagram DMs

Open the Instagram app and go to your DMs. It’s in the top right corner – the message bubble icon.

Step 3


Add a note

There should be a sign at the top of the page saying ‘notes’. Tap the ‘+’ sign to add a new note.

Step 4


Write your note!

Write your note. It could be a witty musing, some fun news, or a question for your closest friends.

Step 5


Share the note

Now you can share your note. Choose whether to share with your Close Friends or followers you follow back – tap either button to select a group, and then tap share to send your message!


So there you have it! Adding notes on Instagram is a fun and easy way to keep people you know online up to date with your latest news.

For more Instagram tips, check out our other guides, like this guide to how to change your Instagram Story background color.

As a tech and AI writer for PC Guide, Gloria is interested in what new technology means for the future of consumer electronics and digital and broadcast journalism.