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How to Add Instagram Close Friends

Instagram 101: How to get started with Instagram

Starting from the first few years of Instagram’s establishment, it was quite difficult to hide stories from people. You always had to dig into a particular story’s settings and select followers from who you want to hide it. Then, if you wanted to let those followers see the next story, you had to go into that story’s settings and unblock them.

But in 2018, Instagram introduced the close friends feature, which makes it much easier to share your content with a limited user/group. Once you’ve created a close friends list, you’ll have the option to share stories with just that particular list. If you’re posting content that can be controversial, personal, or NSFW, the option can save you from unwanted efforts.

Instagram’s new companion app, threads is specifically designed for messaging your close friends. When someone on your close friends list messages you, you’ll get the message in Threads rather than Instagram.

Threads has some neat features that you can’t access through Instagram. You can immediately send photos to close friends with camera shortcuts and can set emoji statuses to let everyone know what you’re up to.

In case, you don’t know how to add folks to your close friends list, we’ll show you how to get started. You can do it through Instagram or through Threads.


  • Open the Instagram app for Android or iOS.
  • Tap your avatar in the bottom right corner.
  • From here, you can either click on your username at the top of your profile and tap “Close Friends” (for iOS) or click the menu button on the top right and tap “Close Friends” (for either iOS or Android).
  • If you don’t yet have a close friends list, you’ll see a screen with a “Get Started” button. Tap it. That leads to a list of suggestions for people to start your list with, along with a link for information on how it works. When you’ve chosen your initial list, tap on “Create List.”
  • Now, when you select “Close Friends,” you’ll see your current close friends list. Tap Add on the top right. Search for the friend you want to add, and press the Add button next to their name.


  • If you prefer, you can add close friends in Instagram’s Threads app. To start, open Threads and make sure you’re logged into the correct account.
  • Tap the Menu button in the top left corner of the home screen.
  • Select “Choose Close Friends” at the top of the list.
  • You’ll see your current close friends list. (If you’re starting a new list, you must select three or more friends in Threads.) Use the search bar at the top to find the friend you want to add, and tap the empty circle next to their name.