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How To Get Notes On Instagram

Published February 1, 2024

Notes are a feature on Instagram that was introduced in December 2022. By January 2023, all users worldwide had gotten access to the feature and it’s quite handy.

Instagram notes appear like a thought bubble over your profile picture that is visible to your and others in the DMs. The maximum length of a note is 60 characters including spaces and emojis.

Notes are a great way to engage with your followers as they can lead to a lot of exciting conversations. They stay visible for 24 hours before they disappear, but they can achieve a lot in that time frame.

Why Do I Not Have Notes On Instagram?

For some reason, you may not be able to see notes on Instagram. Well, don’t worry about it. There are some easy steps you can take to rectify the situation, and we’ll walk you through them. Let’s get to it.

  1. Update Your App: The most likely cause of not having the notes feature is an outdated app. You can quickly rectify this by updating your app through the Play Store on Android, or Apple’s app store for iOS.
  2. Log Out Then Log In Again: So, you’ve updated your app and still can’t see notes? You may need to log out from your account and log back in for the new features to appear.

Simply tap the profile icon on the bottom right. Then tap the hamburger menu icon on the top right, and enter the ‘settings and privacy page’. Scroll down to the bottom and tap on the ‘log out’ button.

Once done, you can log back in and you should see notes.

  1. Reinstall the app: If you haven’t seen the notes feature after these steps, a clean reinstallation might be necessary. Uninstall the app, then head back to your app store and install it again. This should start everything on a clean slate, giving you the notes feature.
  2. Contact support: If after all these steps, you haven’t seen the notes feature, then we’ll recommend you contact Instagram support. You’ll get there through the ‘Help tab on the ‘Settings and Privacy’ page.

How To Post Notes On Instagram

If you’ve followed our steps, you should have the notes feature now.

If you want to get in on the notes action, it’s quite easy. The steps are the same for both Android and iOS devices, and we’ll walk you through it.

  • Open the Instagram app on your device.
  • Tap on the ‘Messages’ icon on the top right corner of the home page.
  • Tap on your profile photo at the top of the list of chats.
  • Next, you’ll see a field that says ‘Share what’s on your mind…’ Tap on it and type in your message.
  • You can decide who gets to see your notes by clicking below it. Choose between ‘Followers you follow back’ or ‘Close Friends.’
  • Once you’re done, click ‘share’ in the top right corner and you’re good to go. Your friends can now see your note whenever they open the ‘messages’ section. Any replies will only be visible in your chat with the person.

Notes are really good ice-breakers that help improve your engagements. Make good use of them.

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Jessica is a writer who specializes in social media, marketing, and digital strategy. She is a graduate of Antioch College and earned her MBA at Boston College’s Carroll Graduate School of Management, specializing in STEM Management. Her work has been published in numerous academic journals and mainstream publications. She lives in New England with her husband, two children, and three dogs.
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