Say more with Threads — Instagram’s text-based conversation app.
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What is Threads app used for?

Threads is an Instagram messaging app designed for close friends. It allows users to automatically share their locations with close friends on Instagram so they always know where each other are. Location is only shared with friends who use Threads.

Users can post “status” updates that are seen by their close friends on Threads to say what they’re currently doing or how they’re feeling.

Threads aims to streamline messaging with close friends on Instagram into a separate, dedicated app rather than using Instagram’s main messaging functionality.

The app allows users to message with close friends, see their statuses, locations, and get notified when they change locations – all tailored specifically to close friends rather than a wider Instagram audience.

It’s meant to make communicating with close friends on Instagram simpler and more streamlined than using the main Instagram app for messaging purposes.

Threads is where communities come together to discuss everything from the topics you care about today to what’ll be trending tomorrow. Whatever it is you’re interested in, you can follow and connect directly with your favorite creators and others who love the same things — or build a loyal following of your own to share your ideas, opinions and creativity with the world.

Can I use Threads without Instagram?

instagram threads app
instagram threads app

No, you need an active Instagram account to use the Threads app. this app is designed as a companion app specifically for Instagram, so it requires you to link your Instagram profile during setup in order to use it.

Some key points about requiring an Instagram account for Threads:

  • You download and install Thread separately from Instagram, but it will not let you proceed without connecting to your Instagram during setup.
  • this app only shows your close friends who are also on Instagram and uses your existing Instagram contacts/followers list.
  • All activity and sharing done on Thread is associated with and visible to your Instagram profile and close friends network.
  • Location sharing, status updates, and messaging are all linked to your Instagram account visibility and contacts.

So in summary, while this app has its own app, it is essentially an extension of private messaging and sharing for your Instagram account specifically. You need an active Instagram profile linked in order to identify your close friends network and see any shared updates or messages within Threads. It does not function as a standalone social app without an associated Instagram connection.

A few things you can do on Threads

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threads app

Access your Instagram followers

Your Instagram username and verification badge are reserved for you. Automatically follow the same accounts you follow on Instagram in a few taps, and discover new accounts too.

Share your point of view

Spin up a new thread to express what’s on your mind. This is your space to be yourself, and you control who can reply.

Connect with friends and your favorite creators

Jump to the replies to get in on the action and react to commentary, humor and insight from the creators you know and love. Find your community and connect with people who care about whatever it is you’re interested in.

Control the conversation

Customize your settings and use controls to manage who can see your content, reply to your threads, or mention you. Accounts you’ve blocked will carry over from Instagram, and we’re enforcing the same Community Guidelines to help ensure everyone interacts safely and authentically.

Find ideas and inspiration

From TV recommendations to career advice, get answers to your questions or learn something new from crowd-sourced conversations, thought leaders and industry experts.

Never miss a moment

Stay on top of the latest trends and live events. Whether it’s about new music, movie premieres, sports, games, TV shows, fashion, or the latest product releases, find discussions and receive notifications any time your favorite profiles start a new thread.

Open social networking – coming soon

In the future, there will be ways to discover more content and reach wider audiences: we are planning features that allow you to search for, follow and interact with users on open, interoperable social networks that we believe can shape the future of the internet.

how to use instagram threads

Here are a few tips for using Instagram threads:

  • this app allow you to post multiple photos or videos as one cohesive story instead of individual posts. Each addition to the thread acts as the next “slide.”
  • To start a thread, go to your Instagram feed and click the “+” icon to post. Select multiple photos/videos to include instead of just one.
  • You’ll see a screen with thumbnail previews of all the media you selected. Rearrange the order if needed by dragging and dropping.
  • The first item will act as the “cover” for the thread that appears in feeds. Others can tap/click to see the full thread.
  • Add a caption to the first item – it will apply to the entire thread. You can’t add separate captions to each slide.
  • Share the thread like a normal post. Followers can view and interact with the full thread by tapping/clicking on it.
  • Threads are a good way to tell a story or show a sequence of events over multiple pieces of media without creating separate posts.
  • You can also view and comment on thread other people have shared just like regular Instagram posts.

How do I download the thread app?

Here are the steps to download the Threads app for Android and iOS:

Threads app for android

  1. Open the Google Play Store on your Android device.
  2. Search for “Threads” and select the Instagram Thread app.
  3. Tap the “Install” button to download and install the app.
  4. Once installed, open the app and log in with your Instagram username and password.

Threads app IOS

  1. Open the App Store on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Search for “Threads” and select the Instagram Thread app.
  3. Tap the “Get” or “Install” button to download and install the app.
  4. Once installed, open the app and log in with your Instagram username and password.

Some key points:

  • Make sure the Instagram app is also installed, as Threads requires it to function.
  • Threads is free to download for both Android and iOS.
  • You’ll need an active Instagram account to log into Thread once downloaded.
  • Locate Thread through your device’s app store search rather than direct from Instagram.

What's new

What's new: Threads is now available to more countries across Europe.
We’ve also fixed bugs and improved performance.

To experience the newest features and improvements, download the latest version of the app.


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