Red ring on Instagram

A red empty circle in Instagram around the profile pic or next to his name means that the person posted a new story and still not watched by you. Once you visit their stories and watch it , the red circle will turn into grey circle.


New member
It means that the user has an active "story" to follow. You can either post to the feed or create a story, timeline, or series of snapshots from your day/week.
The red ring shows up on Instagram profiles when a story is transferred on the profile. You can add yours by tapping on the upper left corner symbol with your IG profile picture.