When a person you follow on Instagram posts a new story, their profile picture appears encircled by a pink-red circle in the story panel. The red circle on an Instagram story means that we have not seen the story yet. Once you view the story, the red circle disappears.
Every Instagram user knows about red circles. But sometimes, you see a green circle on an Instagram story instead of the regular red circle. Now, this confuses a lot of people.
In this article, we will explain everything you need to know about green circles on Instagram profile pictures on stories.
Green Circle Meaning on Instagram Story
Instagram has a Close Friends list feature that can help you filter your audience. For instance, there may be times when you want to share your Instagram story with only a chosen few instead of everyone. This feature lets you do just that.
Now you may be wondering what the Close Friends list feature has to do with Green Circle on Instagram stories. The answer is both are related.
When you see a green circle on somebody’s Instagram story, it means you are on their Close Friends list. They have added you to their Close Friends list which is why you are seeing a green circle around their profile picture when they share stories specifically for the close friends.
You can also create stories and share them with friends of your choice by creating a close friends list.
Here’s how to create and add friends to your Close Friends List.
Step 1: Launch the Instagram app and head into your profile section.
Step 2: Tap the top-right menu icon (3 horizontal lines).
Step 3: Select the Close Friends option.
Step 4) Now, add friends by tapping the Add button next to their profile.
When you have people on the Close Friends list, you get two options while posting stories. One option for sharing it publicly and the other option for sharing it privately with the people in your Close Friends list.
If you share your story with your close friends, the friends added to your list will see a green ring around your profile picture.
You can always add or remove people from the Close Friends list. Instagram does not notify the other person when you add or remove them from your Close Friends list. But, the person could easily figure out by noticing the appearance or the disappearance of the green circle around your profile.