Ever considered giving Instagram a try? Here’s how to get started 9



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Ever wondered whether Instagram might be for you?  Well, we here at Starts at 60 want to help you try it out knowing we put content over there too, every day of the year and are going to start running competitions on Instagram in coming months so we’d love  you to have a try.

Take a look at the tips and tricks below to find out how to set up your account and start following us! We know it can be a bit overwhelming downloading a new social media application so hopefully this lesson helps you learn about Instagram.

The first part of the article will look at how you download the application and set up of a profile. The next part will help to familiarise you with the platform.

Take a look below for more information! Let us know if you have any questions, we are here to help you.

Install application and set up an Instagram account

1. Download the Instagram app  – it’s free! 

Go to the app store on your device, click on the search button and type “Instagram”. Select the app and click ‘Install’. Once it is installed on your smart device, simply click the app to option it up.


2. Create an account

Click the “Sign Up” button at the bottom of your screen and fill in your information. Your username entered will be your Instagram account name that everyone will see. Just a heads up, for many people your name may already be taken so you might need to be creative!

3. Follow your Friends

We recommend that you find friends from your contact list on Facebook. Choosing this option will automatically send a notification to your Facebook friends that you have created an account therefore they will know to follow you. As well, you will be able to follow others. Following someone is similar to becoming ‘friends’ with them on Facebook. Following people allows you to see their posts on your newsfeed.

You can follow anyone including people you don’t know personally, such as celebrities or even brands. Click next when you are finished adding friends. You can always go back and add friends, even after you create your account.

Start to familiarise yourself with the tabs at the bottom of the Instagram application

1. Scroll through home page feed 

Similar to Facebook, you have a feed that shows all pictures of people you follow. Just click the ‘home’ icon on the bottom left corner if you wish to go back to the feed.

2. Look at popular information by clicking on the ‘magnify glass’ icon 

From within this popular page, you can see photos or people uploaded by other users that you are not following. These are images that are getting attention from the global Instagram community. You can also search for new people to follow or content on this page. For instance, if you are looking to follow Starts at 60, simply type it in, click the link and this will direct you to the page. From here, if you wish to follow the page just click ‘Follow’!

3. View your own profile

On the bottom right corner, click the ‘person’ icon to take you to your profile. Here you will see an archive of your uploaded photos as well as a complete list of who you’re following and who your followers are. At the moment this page will be blank since you haven’t uploaded any content. In our next social media lesson, we will teach you how to upload your first post!

 If you already have an Instagram account, don’t forget to follow Starts at 60! Simply search the account name startsat60  and click ‘follow’. We will follow you back too!


Tell us, what would you like to know about social media? Do you have Instagram? Share your questions and concerns and we’ll teach you!

Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. I have got an Instagram account but rarely look at it. Don’t like it at all. Same with Twitter.

  2. I may try this as it would be another way to keep intouch with grandkids who are rapidly growing up

  3. Is your site now becoming somewhere that all you want to do is promote products & industries that you can gain money from?
    I always thought this was a site where us people of a certain age could share views & learn from each other.
    More & more it is becoming a site of advertising, nonsense & trying to gain revenue from gullible subscribers – sorry I am not one of those & shame on you, [email protected] for trying to part your,what have been up to now, loyal followers, from their hard earned money so all of you can feather your own nests @ our expense.
    No Thank you & Good Bye.
    P.S. To all other people on here , be aware, be very aware of this site which is going down the slippery road into the awful rip-off sites that we all steer clear of.

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