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(Pocket-lint) - One of the latest features to hit Instagram allows users to pin up to three posts or reels to the top of their profile.

The new addition works similarly to the pinning functionality on TikTok or Twitter, in which a post stays at the top of your feed as if it's your most recent content.

Here's everything you need to know about how to use it.

How pinned posts appear on Instagram

In a similar way to how Instagram's Story Highlights currently appear, pinned posts will show in the first slots on a profile's grid. 

As shown off below, a pinned post will take the top left-hand spot on your grid, and will display a small white pin icon in the top-right corner (just as it would highlight a post containing a carousel of images) to signify the fact it's not necessarily the most recent post.

Since this is a new feature, it will be interesting to see how it ends up being used. Obviously, the natural way to highlight posts would be to pin personal favourites, but we can also imagine it being used to create split-image banners across the grid, too.

How to pin posts and reels on Instagram 

Whether it's a reel or a regular post, the process is the same if you're looking to pin it to the top of your grid.

Simply open it up, tap the three dots in the top right-hand corner and select the 'Pin to your profile' option.

It's as easy as that.

To unpin a post to your profile, simply open it up again, hit that same three-dot menu in the top-left and tap 'Unpin from your profile'.

Something else to be aware of is the order in which you pin posts. Once you add a second and third pinned post, this will push previously pinned posts deeper into the grid.

It's a minor point, but one to consider if you want them to appear in a specific order on the grid.

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Writing by Conor Allison.