How to pin posts on Instagram

When it comes to your digital footprint, most people like to put their best foot forward. You’ve probably pinned your most viral tweets to the top of your profile, added your best candids to your “Featured” album on Facebook, and saved your best-looking Instagram Stories to your highlights. Now, with a new feature potentially on the way to Instagram, you’ll soon be able to pin your favorite posts to your profile, too.

On April 26, Instagram confirmed to TechCrunch that the social media platform was testing a new profile pin feature among some users. (Bustle has reached out to Instagram for comment and will update this post when we have a response.) The feature would let you choose up to three posts to display at the top of your profile grid.

If you’re an Instagram regular, you know this can be a game-changer. After all, if you keep your grid up to date, some of your most valuable posts might have been buried under endless thumbnails of weekly photo dumps. Pinned posts are another way to maintain the vibe you hope visitors will get from your profile.

Maybe you want to make sure your crush has easy access to your favorite “That’s Them” photo. Or, you want to set the record straight for all detectives by placing your soft launch at the top of your profile. Maybe you just want to make sure everyone sees this Eat Pray Love-level trip you took last summer. With pinned posts, you decide what your first impression will be.

How does Instagram’s pinned post feature work?

Mobile developer Alessandro Paluzzi shared a preview of the possible pinned posts feature on Twitter in January, explaining that users with access could pin up to three posts to display at the top of their profile. It appears from the photos that users could pin a post by hitting the settings and clicking “Pin to your profile”.

How do I pin a post?

If you have access to the feature, pinning posts to your profile is pretty straightforward. If anything, probably the hardest step will be deciding which three posts you want to pin. Once you’ve selected your most pinnable posts, head to each one and click on the three horizontal dots in the top right corner of the post. You can choose three photos, videos, or reels to pin to the top of your profile. As PC Mag reports, a “Pin to your profile” option will appear in the menu if you have the feature. Tap this button and the post will automatically appear at the top of your grid.

If you change your mind about your pinned posts, you can unpin a post by returning to the same menu and clicking “Unpin from your profile”.

Why can’t I pin posts on Instagram?

If you don’t see the option to pin a post, you probably don’t have access to the testing feature yet. Instagram often tests new features on a limited audience to see how they work (and if people are using them). Until the social media platform decides to spread pinned posts more widely, hold on tight and maybe try pinning your favorite stories to your highlights.

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