Rearrange posts to new feed options — Upcoming Instagram features
- Instagram regularly tests multiple features on its app.
- Some of these features are in testing or available to select users.
- Here’s a roundup of the top upcoming
AdvertisementInstagram is one of the most popular social media apps globally. It even became the most downloaded app during the fourth quarter of 2021 according to data from Sensor Tower. Instagram also reported more than 2 million monthly users worldwide.
Instagram currently offers a hub of features on its platform — Stories, Reels, videos, photos, shopping, live streaming and more. It also regularly tests features that either end up on the app or are scrapped. When it comes to Instagram features, some are available to select users or in select markets before they are rolled out to everyone. So we’ve rounded up some of the top upcoming features that Instagram is currently testing, and expected to roll out soon.
Instagram head Adam Mosseri announced the company is testing new feed options. In addition to the algorithm-based ‘Home’ feed, users can switch between ‘Following’ and ‘Favourites’. Following will show posts only from accounts you follow and in chronological order. Favourites as the name suggests will show posts from your favourite accounts. This feed too will follow the chronological order. The new feed options are currently being tested, and the full experience will launch by the first half of this year.
Instagram has added a new embed option for profiles. Similar to how we can embed Instagram posts, this feature will let you embed profiles. It shows a miniature version of your Instagram profile on third-party websites. This feature is currently available only for users in the US, and it’s said to roll out for everyone else soon.
Take a break
As the name suggests, this feature aims to help you take a break from Instagram. It will only suggest though and the ultimate decision will rely on you. The take a break prompt will appear if you’re scrolling through Instagram for a certain period of time. You can set reminders for 30 minutes, 20 minutes or 10 minutes, and accordingly, you’ll get the pop-up alert. This feature is currently available only in the US, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
Rearrange posts in the feed
Instagram recently started testing this feature as spotted by Alessandro Paluzzi. It’s a feature that will definitely be helpful for users, especially those who like to maintain a certain format for their feed. You will be able to move posts around your feed and arrange them in the order that you want. At present, your feed is displayed in the chronological order of your posts so you can’t move them around. There’s no word on when Instagram will release this feature on the app.
Share screen on video call
Instagram introduced this co-watching feature back in 2020 for users to view posts together in video chats. It is now testing a new feature that will let you share your phone’s screen during video chats. When you share your phone’s screen the camera will be turned off so that the person can see what’s on your screen. This feature too is currently being tested out with no release timeline confirmed.
Longer Instagram Stories
Instagram started rolling out support for longer Stories to select users recently. This feature lets you post Stories as long as 60 seconds. Previously, Instagram would chop videos to 15 seconds and share them as multiple Stories. But with the new feature, you can post an entire 60-second long video without breaking them.
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