Top 4 Ways to Manage Recommended Posts on Instagram
Besides checking your friends’ posts, roles, and stories on the Instagram home page, you can also check out popular content from the Explore tab. Instagram uses AI (artificial intelligence) and algorithms to suggest content in the Explore tab. But it may not always be insightful and may show irrelevant or offensive posts. Fortunately, the Facebook-owned company offers several ways to better manage featured posts in the app.
Instagram Explore is a neat way to check the trending posts in your region or area. But there are times when you come across unnecessary content. Instead of ignoring such posts, you can train Instagram algorithms to stop suggesting such content in the first place. Let’s take a look at various options to manage Instagram recommendations like a pro.
1. Hide posts from the Explore tab
Instagram now lets you hide posts from the Explore tab. You can even select multiple featured posts and hide them with a single tap. You don’t have to select each post individually. Once you hide posts from the Explore tab, Instagram learns your pattern and preference and uses it to hide similar posts in the future. Here’s what you need to do.
The steps to hide featured posts on Instagram are different on iOS and Android. We will cover mobile platforms. Let’s start with Instagram for iPhone.
Instagram for iPhone
Step 1: Launch the Instagram app on your iPhone.
Step 2: Select the Explore tab at the bottom (the one that looks like a search icon).
Step 3: Long press a post you want to hide and select ‘Not interested’ from the context menu.
Step 4: Instagram hides the post and provides an option to hide more such posts.
Step 5: Select Hide More.
Step 6: Tap the radio button in the upper right corner and select multiple such posts to hide. Click Done and you will now see fewer posts like this in the future.
Instagram for Android
Step 1: Open the Instagram app on your Android phone.
Step 2: Long press an irrelevant post and slide your finger to the three vertical dots menu. Check out the screenshot below for reference.
Step 3: Select Not Interested.
Step 4: Instagram hides the selected post and shows an option to select more such posts.
Step 5: Select multiple recommended posts and tap Done in the top right corner.
It may take some time for Instagram to learn your preference. You can continue to see similar posts in the Explore tab for a few days. You can keep hiding such posts and train Instagram app to show only relevant content. This is undoubtedly one of the most effective ways to manage featured posts on Instagram.
2. Hide suggested posts with specific words
Instagram already offers an option to hide comments and direct messages with specific words. The social giant has extended the same to featured posts as well. You can add words, a list of phrases or hashtags that you don’t want to see in the posts. Go through the steps below to adjust your privacy settings on Instagram.
Step 1: Open the Instagram app on your phone.
Step 2: Tap your profile icon in the lower right corner and tap the hamburger menu at the top.
Step 3: Open Settings and select Privacy.
Step 4: Tap on Hidden words.
Step 5: Scroll to Custom words for posts. Select Manage custom words and phrases.
Step 6: Add multiple words, phrases and emojis you want to hide. You can update the list at any time.
Step 7: Click Done and it will take you to the previous menu.
Step 8: Enable the Hide Posts toggle.
After this, you won’t see posts that contain added words, phrases, and emojis.
3. Hide suggested posts from Instagram home
Instagram also shows suggested posts on the main home menu. You can hide such posts and stop getting similar recommendations in the future.
Step 1: Whenever you come across an irrelevant post on Instagram home, tap the three horizontal dots menu next to the Follow button.
Step 2: Select Not interested to hide the post.
Step 3: Instagram hides the post and offers an option to disable all posts from the account and add certain words to avoid it at home.
4. Check your next bills again
Instagram shows recommendations in the Explore and Home menus based on accounts you follow on social media. You should recheck the following accounts from time to time and unfollow unnecessary ones.
Step 1: In the Instagram app, tap on profile icon in the lower right corner to open your profile.
Step 2: Tap on Follow.
Step 3: Tap the Follow button next to an account to unfollow it.
Repeat the same for such account and you will see better recommended posts on the platform.
Enjoy a superior Instagram experience
Instagram showing unrelated and inappropriate featured posts can spoil your mood. You can train Instagram algorithms using the tricks above to show only relevant recommended posts.