How to tag someone on Instagram story without it showing

Instagram Stories are a great way to capture certain events such as concerts, sporting events, weddings, days out etc.

You can add tags and filters to your story posts too, giving them a digital scrapbook kind of feel.

One thing that users often tag on images are the people they are with at the time and for whatever reason, a recent trend is to make these tags hidden.

In this article, we are going to explain how you can go about tagging someone on an Instagram story without it showing and also talk you through some other cool Instagram story features. Let’s get started.

How to tag someone on Instagram story without it showing – Step-by-step

To tag someone on your Instagram story, you are first of all going to need to post something on to your story. The best and easiest way to do this is via the mobile phone app.

Open the app up and and select the add story icon on the top left hand side of the screen. From here, you will be able to select which photographs and/or videos you want to add to your story.

To add a tag and to then make it invisible, follow these steps:

  1. Once selected the photo you want to add to your story, select the ‘Aa’ button from the list of buttons on the top of the screen.
  2. Select the ‘@ mention’ button from the bottom bar.
  3. Enter in the name of the user that you want to tag in the story and select their account when it appears.
  4. Using your index finger slide the tag as far to the right as you can possibly go until it disappears from the screen. The tag will still be active but it just won’t be showing on the story.
  5. Alternatively, use your thumb and index finger and repeatedly close them together to shrink the tag down. Eventually, the tag will be so small that no one will be able to see it on your story.

When you do this, the user(s) you are tagging will be notified that they’ve been tagged in the story.

The benefit of this is that you can still share your memories with friends without clogging up space on the post with a large tag.

The same methods can also apply if you want to tag a location on your story.

The ability to add invisible hashtags to your Instagram post is fairly straightforward.

Although the merits of doing this seem pointless because if you are prepared to go to the trouble of making a location tag invisible then you may as well not include it in your story in the first place.

Other ways to make the most of Instagram stories

Instagram stories is a feature of Instagram that first launched in 2016 which allows users to create a 24 hour collage of images and videos that will expire once the one day period is over.

It is almost identical to the Snapchat story feature which offers the same functionality.

While we’ve focused on people and location tags in this article, don’t be fooled into thinking these are the only additions you can make to your Instagram stories.

Below are some other things that you can do to make your stories stand out from the crowd:

Add in filters

Filters are one of the most popular tools on Instagram stories and were what made Snapchat so popular before Instagram nabbed the idea.

Regardless of ‘who did it first’, it’s fair to say that Instagram have taken filters to another level. In order to add filters to your Instagram story, please follow these steps:

  1. Add a picture to your Instagram story.
  2. From the top bar of options, select the the icon with the three stars.
  3. Scroll through the different filters until you find one which make your initial photograph look even better.

Using filters in the Instagram app is one of a few ways you can get more likes on your pictures.

Add engagement bait

If you are looking for people to engage with your Instagram story, then the platform offers up plenty of different stickers that will entice people in.

From polls that you can create yourself to sliding scales where other user’s can rate what you’ve posted, Instagram has you covered. In order to access these stickers, follow these steps:

  1. Add a picture to your Instagram story.
  2. Select the sticker icon from the top menu bar.
  3. Scroll through the available stickers and select one which you think will get people engaging with your story the most.

A solid colored sticker can also be used if you want to sneakily cover your friend’s username when you tag them.

Overlay a photo on top of a video

While many people believe that you can only add images OR videos to your Instagram story, you can actually overlay an image on top of a video too.

This is a cool way of potentially creating your own meme and going viral. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Add a video to your story.
  2. Select the sticker icon from the top menu bar.
  3. Select the photo sticker, followed by the image you want to add to your video.
  4. Play around with the image, resizing it where necessary to match up with what you had in your head.

Though you can add more than one tag to your Instagram, it’s still not possible for you to search multiple hashtags at the same time.


To conclude, adding an Instagram tag and making it invisible isn’t too difficult of a task to execute and if you follow our instructions in this article then you will get it done quickly.

You can add invisible hashtags by making them smaller or even changing the hashtags colour.

On top of that, there are many other cool features on Instagram that you should make the most of, some of which we have discussed here. Enjoy!

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Andy is a Professional Content Editor with expertise in a whole host of areas (or so he tells us anyway). His main interests are sports, tv/film and social media. He has reviewed over 100 apps so far for Apps UK.

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