I've been using instagram since it first started, but until recently never took the time to fancy it instadp up. First thing I tried, after some of my friends recommended it, was to add a 'instagram cover'.

What is a instagram cover you may well ask, and more importantly, is adding it complicated? A cover is simply itself, it's a photo, and no it isn't difficult to add one to your timeline at all. It's just a photo which is positioned at the top of your instagram timeline, up above your profile picture.

Your friends will get so much more out of checking out your timeline once it's adorned with the unique picture you have selected. It not only individualizes your page, but helps people see you in a different light, one which you are able to select for yourself. instagram themselves actually believe it helps them prevent spam and bogus instagram profiles, which inflict loads of junky content on instagram users, and only serve to slow the system and detract from the enjoyable sharing experience which instagram is meant to be.

There are numerous sites which specialize in instagram covers, and you can visit one and download one of their pictures easily by following the instructions on the site. Personally I like to vary the photos I use as covers from time to time and do seem to prefer using my own pictures, which reflect whatever mood I'm in at the time. Of course you could use a photo to reflect on a group you're in, or for a worthy cause you support, or just use one of your favorite inspirational scenes. You could also star the photo you use on your timeline as well.

To place a instagram cover on your timeline:

You need to have a instagram profile.
Open it up.
Left click your mouse on 'Add a Cover'.
Choose whether you want to upload a new photo, or pick one of your own from a location somewhere on your computer.
When you've decided on a photo, move it around by clicking on it and dragging it up or down, left or right.
Left click on 'Save'.
All done? Now you have your very own instagram cover and can change it whenever the notion takes you.


Your cover image has to be at least 720 pixels wide. You can experiment by varying the sizes of the pictures you use; most of the instagram covers on the download sites I checked are around 8.1 cm x 3 cm, so you could simply adjust one of your own pictures to around that size to get an optimal fit.
Once uploaded, instagram cover images are public, allowing anyone visiting your instagram timeline to view them.

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