Instagram is powerful. It’s no longer that basic photo sharing app that you used to use. Now users can do much more such as direct messaging other people, share photos and stories that will disappear after 24 hours (Instagram Stories), enhance their pictures with the in-depth filter tools, and more.
While Instagram has been updated over time to keep users happy, be it fixing bugs or adding new features to the app, I think it still lacks other useful features. Where is the “Save” button for photos and videos? What if my friend upload something cool and I want to download it? What if someone is annoying on Instagram, but I can’t block that person (for personal reason), where is the Mute button?
You see what I’m talking about?
The good news is, there are third-party apps and tweaks for Instagram that can improve the way you use and interact in the app. In this post, I’ll show you how to fix some problems that Instagram currently have as well as adding some more features to it.
Let’s start with the most requested:
Saving Instagram Photos & Videos
- Go to the App Store
- Download and Install an app called InstaTV
- Login to the app using your official Instagram account
- This will pull up your followings and timeline
- Tap on a video or photo you want to download
- Select the Save button and the file will be saved to your Camera Roll
InstaTV also provides additional features such as reposting and viewing your feed as a slideshow. The method we just show you earlier doesn’t require a jailbroken device. That’s why you can only get a few enhancements.
Rocket for Instagram
This was originally a package that you can only get from Cydia, which means your iOS device must be jailbroken. However, Rocket for Instagram now has its own IPA version that you can sideload right on your iPhone.
With Rocket for Instagram, you’re not going to need any other enhancement apps. It has everything from saving photos & videos to your Camera Roll, reposting someone’s picture, to muting a particular user.
More features below:
- Hide advertisements and sponsored posts
- Disable read receipts for Instagram DM (The other person won’t know you have viewed their direct message)
- Save Instagram Stories
- and more
To install Rocket for Instagram without Jailbreak, you’re going to need Cydia Impactor and the .IPA file. Download both of them to your computer. Drag and drop the Rocket file to Impactor and enter your Apple credentials. The app should take less than a minute to be installed on your device.
After that, you can just open it and experience Instagram on a whole new level.
As an active Instagram user, I have to admit that the app has a weak algorithm when it comes to suggesting who to follow and some parts of the app are useless.
Luckily, InstaHidder is here to help us remove those nonsense elements out of Instagram.
- Hide suggestions list in the timeline
- Hide follow button on the top of un-followed people
- Video sounds permanently On
- Change keyboard color
This tweak is for those who like a simple interface of the app and avoids following random people.
Released by the guy who brought us Facebook++ and other amazing Cydia tweaks to enhance social media apps, it wouldn’t feel right if they forget to make a tweak for Instagram users.
Instagram++ is the all-in-one package for all of your needs. If you don’t like certain features of the app, you can quickly remove them.
Features like Save photos, Zoom, show full timestamps, fake followers and following counts, open links within the app, repost a post, turn off read receipt for DM, and much more are included.
Another neat feature that I think most of us here will like about Instagram ++ tweak is the ability to help you stalk on someone without getting caught. I mean we all liked a picture of someone from long ago.
To avoid this, the tweak will show a popup asking if you want to like the photo. This package is packed with all the custom functionality you can imagine, download it for free from the BigBoss repo.
Instagram Stories is a new feature that allows you to post more than you normally would. These photos and videos will be compiled as a slideshow for your followers to see.
Just like Snapchat Stories, there are limitations to Instagram Stories. And we are here to help you break it. If you haven’t noticed, there is a blog post on how to enhance and cut most restrictions on Snapchat using Cydia tweaks.
This article is going to be somewhat similar but for Instagram Stories. While this functionality already lets you select & upload photos and videos from your album, it’s limited the one that was taken in the past 24 hours.
In other words, any photos older than a day will not be accepted.
Removing Instagram Stories 24 Hours Limit
In case you missed the opportunity to show them on your Instagram Stories. Here is a solution to fix that.
LongStories is a new jailbreak tweak that bypass 24-hours limit while selecting media from a gallery. For example, you want to post a #tbt from months ago to your Instagram Stories; now you can do so. You can install this tweak from the BigBoss repo and get started right away. It should work upon Respring.