Did you ever want to share where you were at that moment with people you love? Maybe you’re finally having the week of your life; you’re at the Maldives, and you want to create a new location on Instagram as the place where you sip your mimosa is not shown in the results.
It’s quite normal for some of us wanting to flex their favorite landscapes. There are many places, such as restaurants, night clubs, beaches, and many more that we can’t even mention.
This is possible through creating a new location on Instagram. In that way, it possible for users to add their location to Instagram via Facebook.
As a result of its groundbreaking purchase by the social media behemoth, Instagram uses Facebook’s mapping and geography system in its location tags.
How to Create a Location on Instagram
Unfortunately, Instagram users can’t create a new location within the Instagram app.
- They have to use the Facebook mobile application to add a new location to Facebook first.
- Then, the location will be visible on Instagram through Facebook’s mapping system.
When Facebook purchased it in 2012, Instagram started to grow strong under its parent company’s vast shadow, Facebook. After the sudden resignation of Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger in 2018 (names of the App’s founders), the platform was pretty much left alone to Facebook’s administration.
Also, as a divine right, Instagram uses Facebook’s infrastructure for new features and updates. Consequently, the systems are integrated, and we have to use Facebook to add our location.
Steps for Creating a Location
- The first step is easy. You just need to open the Facebook Mobile, and then you need to hit the Check-In button to find your exact location.
- If you could not find your location, we need to go step two for adding our location to Facebook and Instagram.
- In the second step, Facebook will show you the closest locations available. But you need to hit the ‘+’ sign at the bottom for adding a new one. These suggestions come from your phone’s location system or your most visited places.
- When you hit it, Facebook will prompt a message as “Could not find what you are looking for?” and then it will suggest adding a new location.
- You can add your location by tapping the blue box from right next to the “Add Your Location Here” text.
In this step, you should choose a category about your location. Categories are extremely crucial for locations because if you are running a brand or business on Instagram, people can find you through these categories. These categories are public, so all Instagram and Facebook users can see it when you select one.
- The final step is quite simple; tap on your phone’s location mark and wait for the GPS to focus as close to 100 feet. Then Facebook will find your exact place and mark that location for you.
- Congrats, you created your location on Instagram and Facebook. Now you can share your best locations on Instagram with your posts.
Why Instagram Uses Facebook’s Location System?
Facebook bought Instagram almost nine years ago, and from that day to today, Instagram managed to improve itself a lot with the help of Facebook developers.
This happened to the point that, today, Instagram even challenges its parent company to some extent.
In 2019’s first month, they released several updates about Direct Messages’ last seen attribute; typing fonts and GIF stickers for Stories were updated.
Moreover, at the end of January, a piece of flash news came up from social media users.
This news was about the Stories’ screenshot feature; according to social media users, the new screenshot feature is still being tested on some users. Maybe after a few weeks from today, we will be able to use this new screenshot feature.
However, our point is, it’s easy to see that they are always trying to bring up more traits, especially from Facebook’s legacy features.
FAQs About Instagram Locations
Instagram itself can track your geolocation if you allow the permissions for the App to track your GPS data, and as long as you share your location on the posts you make, other users can see where you are. But for other users to directly track your location on Instagram is impossible.
If your location on Instagram starts to disappear suddenly, try to switch the App’s location permissions off and on again, and apply the same for your device’s GPS settings too.
When sharing a new post, you can geotag your location or address simply by tapping on the “Add Location” button on the screen.
To edit the location of a post that is already shared, tap on the three dots above the post, tap edit, tap on the location name, and then you can edit or remove the location.
To turn off Instagram location, go to your mobile device settings, find Instagram application settings, find permissions for the App, and turn off location.
To Conclude Instagram Locations
Instagram actually has not invented anything new: even Flickr allowed (and still allows, even receiving it from Instagram) georeferencing, but the simplicity (and therefore the diffusion) of Instagram has made this feature a very “powerful” tool to tell a journey. So what are you waiting for? Shoot, geolocate, and share!