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What does the green circle mean on Instagram?

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Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms of our time. However, with such widespread popularity comes the host of features that the app has added over time to maintain its user base.

Instagram takes user privacy seriously, and for those reasons, there are certain restrictions on how the app indicates a user’s active status or other things. This means that there are certain indicators in the app for certain situations. However, as simple as Instagram tries, it can sometimes be confusing.

In this article, we’re taking a look at what the green circle mean on Instagram in different places.

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Green circles on Instagram stories

Instagram uses different coloured rings on people’s stories to represent different things. Often a particular timed sticker will change the colour of the story ring, signifying something like Pride month. 

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If you see green circles around someone’s Instagram stories, they’ve added you to their close friends list and the story is meant to be for close friends only. Anyone not included in the user’s close friend list will not be able to see the story. 

Check out our detailed guide on how to create a close friends' list on Instagram here. 

Green dots in the DM list

You must’ve noticed that a lot of users seem to have a green dot in your DM list. This dot indicates their activity status or the fact that they’re currently online on the Instagram app in specific. Do keep in mind that users can hide their active status and that if you’ve hidden your active status, you won’t be able to see other people’s activity. 

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: