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How to Share Posts and Reels With Close Friends on Instagram

by Nitin Singh
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Pondering to share posts and reels on your Instagram but don’t want all of your followers to see them? We’ve got you covered. The recent feature rollout on Instagram allows you to share posts and reels only with your close friends on Instagram. This is how you can do it.

Close Friends on Instagram

In 2018, Instagram announced the Close Friends feature to Instagram, where users could share Instagram stories only with their close friends if they’ve added them to the close friends list. This is a good privacy feature to have but many users have also requested a way to share posts and reels with their close friends only. The Instagram devs have finally heard us and this feature is rolling out to all Instagram users across the globe.

Before we begin, ensure you’re running the latest version of the Instagram app on your iPhone or Android. Also, add your friends to the close friends list so you can create your own inside circle.

Sharing Posts and Reels With Close Friends on Instagram

We’re using an Android phone here but the process of sharing posts or reels with close friends on Instagram is similar on the iPhone and Android, so you can follow the guide regardless of your device.

1. Open Instagram on your iPhone or Android, then tap on the Plus icon at the bottom center of the app.

Instagram app on Android; going to the add a post icon

2. Choose between Post or Reel as required, then select your media for the same. We’re choosing Post here as an example. Then tap on Next on the top right of the app screen.

sharing a post or reel, then selecting a media for it in Instagram app

3. Adjust the filters and their intensity as per your need, then tap on Next.

adjusting filters in an image on Instagram app

4. Look for Audience and tap on it. Then tap on Close Friends from the pop-up menu. This will ensure that you’re sharing your post or reel only with your close friends and no one else.

changing the post audience from followers to close friends on Instagram post and reels

Note: All your close friends will be able to see each other’s usernames when they like, comment, or share your post or reel.

5. Now write a caption for your post, maybe add a location, and some music if you’d like, and tag other people. Then tap on Share on the top right after you’re done completing your post or reel.

adding a caption and other details to a close friends post on the instagram app

Tip: You cannot share a close friend’s post or reel to your Facebook or any other linked account.

6. When you tap on Share, the post will be shared with all your close friends on Instagram. The green star (close friends label) next to your posts and reels confirms that they are shared only with your close friends on Instagram.

close friends post on instagram app

Pro Tip: You can tap on the green star icon present next to the posts and reels to quickly see your close friend’s list in case you want to make some changes to it on the go.

close friends list in the instagram app

Share Content With Close Friends on Instagram

Sharing your posts, stories, and reels on Instagram with your close friends is a decision you should make on your own. But if you’ve been wanting to share your posts and reels only with a specific set of people on Instagram, then you can follow our guide on how you can do it and things you should know beforehand. Say yes to privacy, because Instagram just offered you more and it’s a good thing.

On this note, these are some additional features you get by adding close friends on Instagram.

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