Everyone loves a good prank. And in the age of social media, pranking is easier than ever.
So if you’re looking for a creative way to play a practical joke or two on your friends and family this April Fools’ Day, Instagram pranks are the way to go. They’re simple to create and they’ll get a big reaction.
Want some ideas for the funniest April Fools’ pranks your social media followers have ever seen? You’re in the right place!
Keep reading to learn all about ten elaborate Instagram pranks. Will you dare to try any of them? Let’s get started and find out!
1. Pretend to Go on a Trip
When it comes to cool pranks, faking a top-notch trip takes the cake. Use photos of your local airport and a tropical destination to make all your friends jealous!
Pull up never-posted selfies from an old vacation and caption them convincingly. Little do they know, you’re posting this prank from the comfort of your own home.
2. Build up to Nothing
There are few things more annoying than when someone posts cryptic messages on social media leading up to a big announcement. If you’re going to share something with your followers, just do it!
Hop on this frustrating trend by taking it to another level. Prank your Instagram friends by posting every day that you have a big announcement to share with them.
Make sure to explain that it’s life-changing and the biggest thing that’s ever happened to you. Keep posting until April Fools’ Day, when you’ll reveal that it was all a hoax.
3. Fake Engagement
Looking for good pranks to pull that will totally shock your friends and family? Faking an engagement is a great place to start. It’s easy and it will get a big reaction.
For the most effective fake engagement possible, make sure to stick to the golden relationship rules for social media. Don’t go too over the top or it will be obvious that you’re faking.
Instead, keep it subtle with a single picture of an engagement ring on a hand. If you have a best friend in your life, pretend that your long-term relationship has unexpectedly turned romantic.
3. Spoiler Alert
If you want to get a reaction out of your TV-obsessed Instagram followers, this prank’s the one for you. Whatever the hottest show on TV is, post a huge plot spoiler.
What should the spoiler be? Whatever you want it to be! It could be a main character dying, the winner of a reality show, or revealing the identity of a mystery killer. Get creative and watch your friends and family lose their minds.
4. Fake an Injury
Why not add a little danger to your April Fools’ Instagram pranks this year? Grab the attention of your Instagram followers by faking an injury online.
But don’t go too far, like YouTube prankster Roman Atwood. On two different occasions, he convinced his followers (and girlfriend) that his three-year-old son suffered a fatal accident. Atwood’s “pranks” were tasteless and heartless.
If you decide to fake an injury for your April Fools’ prank, keep it light. Sprained ankles or cooking-related cuts are much funnier than fake fatalities.
5. Celeb Meeting Instagram Pranks
Have you always dreamed of meeting your favorite actor or musician? Make this dream look like a reality by photoshopping an Instagram post. Pretend you ran into this celeb at a local restaurant or shopping center, and make sure to come up with a good reason as to why they’re in town.
For even more shock value, choose a photo that looks like they’re kissing on you on the cheek. Your friends will be crazy jealous!
6. Toasty Kitty
Want to know how to prank someone at your office? Our advice is to stick to light and hilarious jokes.
Take heed from office pranks that went too far, like the microwaved kitty prank, made famous by Pinterest. An office prankster taped a photo of a trapped cat inside of the break room microwave, causing shock and panic.
We recommend redecorating a coworker’s desk, filling someone’s office with balloons, or putting vegetables inside of a donut box. These pranks are hilarious and aren’t crossing the line. Don’t forget to post the whole thing on Instagram!
7. Log in to a Friend’s Account
This prank is a classic. All you need to do is log in to your friend’s Instagram (borrowing their phone or laptop is an easy way in).
From there, go wild. Post crazy photos, change their handle name, create fake announcements, make jokes, or whatever else you want! Throw social media etiquette out of the window on this one.
9. Show off Your Diploma
If you’re enrolled in high school, prank your friends by making them believe you graduated early! Wondering how? It’s easier than you think.
All you need to do is buy a high school diploma online. From there, post a ton of photos with your shiny new certificate congratulating yourself on this huge achievement. Your friends will be totally shocked.
10. Put a Friend on Blast
Is there one Instagram friend in particular who you’d like to prank this April Fools’ Day? If so, this is a great way to get a reaction out of them.
Visit your chosen victim’s Instagram profile and scroll to their very first post. From there, like and comment on every picture they’ve ever posted. They’ll be completely inundated with notifications and hilarious comments.
Enjoy dishing out some of these sweet Instagram pranks this April Fools’ Day, if you dare. Remember to stay safe and to avoid heartless pranks that cross the line.
For the best results, use fake photos to pretend that you’re taking a gorgeous spur-of-the-moment vacation, or that you met your celebrity crush. And if you really want to drive your Instagram followers wild, create shocking announcements like a fake engagement, a spoiler for the hottest new show on TV, or a fake injury.
Want more? Check out our social media blog page for tons of great tips and tricks!