Widely used for self-expression and engagement the world over, it’s safe to say Instagram has grown into a force to be reckoned with. Since its inception in 2010, the social sharing app has garnered a massive following — including world-renowned brands, illustrious presidents and A-list celebrities like Selena Gomez — who is the most-followed personality (at the time of publication, that is).

Instagram has added many new features throughout the various app updates over the past seven years. One popular example is Instagram Stories, which allows users to post photos and videos that vanish after 24 hours — much like Snapchat stories. Since it was launched in August last year, Instagram Stories has become a powerful new tool to share content, and provides a truly refreshing change from the usual static photos uploaded on a curated feed.

Like any other social media app, Instagram Stories comes with a bevy of hidden functions you may have never even heard of. And if you’re a self-certified tech idiot, it’s easy to go into panic mode or just ignore it completely.

However, utilising these hacks can greatly improve your content and even gain you more followers — so we’re here to make your experience less daunting. Whether you’re sharing videos of your dog or the latest super-exclusive party you attended, check out these 6 hidden functions that will help you up your Instagram Stories game.