Instagram Stories April 8

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp go down for many in brief, but widespread outage [Updated]

In an outage that’s affected many over the past 30 minutes or so, major products from Facebook including Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp, and the giant social network have gone down.

Instagram Stories March 19

[Update: Back up] It’s not just you: Instagram, WhatsApp, and other Facebook apps are down

It’s not just you: Instagram and other Facebook apps are down. We’re seeing messages flowing in on social media and the Instagram web app is currently throwing a server error. Messages and posts are not loading in the app. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.

Instagram Stories February 24

Instagram Lite adds support for Reels video viewing

In emerging markets, saving data usage and ensuring performance on modest hardware is a must. That’s why Facebook launched Instagram Lite, which although a solid alternative lacked some features including Reels.

Instagram Stories February 3

Instagram on Android gains ‘Recently Deleted’ section that lets you restore recent posts

As probably the world’s biggest photo-sharing app, Instagram has seen many overhauls and changes. The latest update is adding a “Recently Deleted” section to Instagram on Android and iOS that will let you restore recent posts.

Instagram Stories November 12, 2020

The Instagram we’ve known for years has changed, and today is a huge step away from it. In a revamped app layout rolling out now, Instagram is pushing Reels and shopping over traditional posts.

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Instagram Stories October 7, 2020

How to change your Instagram app icon on Android and iOS

To help celebrate its 10th birthday, Instagram has added all of its classic icons within a secret menu that lets you revert to some of the classic app icons of yesteryear.

Instagram Stories September 30, 2020

Instagram DMs are now Facebook Messenger

Instagram’s direct messages are a useful way to have a quick conversation through the social network, but today they’re getting a major change. Facebook Messenger is taking over Instagram DMs.

Instagram Stories August 20, 2020

Instagram’s ‘Suggested Posts’ roll out widely, adds content you don’t follow to feed

Instagram’s feed has made some big changes over the years, but its latest is perhaps the biggest. Rolling out to all users over the past 24 hours, Instagram is filling your feed with “Suggested Posts.”

Instagram Stories April 23, 2020

Google’s Pixel lineup is still far from the most popular smartphone on the market, but it’s well-known as having one of the best cameras on any smartphone. Now, Google’s #TeamPixel advocacy program has won a Shorty Award thanks to the thousands of users photos that have been posted to Instagram.

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Instagram Stories February 12, 2020

Instagram for Android prepares adding to Stories from native file picker

Instagram’s Android app often ends up lagging behind its iOS counterpart, but slowly features are catching up. Now, Jane Wong has found that Instagram for Android is preparing to enable adding content to Stories using the native file picker.

Instagram Stories October 8, 2019

The Instagram app for Android is usually behind the curve when it comes to new features, but today it’s getting one before iOS. Instagram for Android just added official dark mode support in its latest beta update.

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Instagram Stories October 4, 2019

After Hours: Kamala Khan joins ‘Avengers’ game, Instagram Threads, more

As the week comes to a close, we saw a robot kill a Galaxy Fold, a report that Google wants to compete with TikTok, and confirmation of Red Dead Redemption 2 coming to Stadia. Alongside that, however, it was revealed that Kamala Khan would arrive in the upcoming Avengers game and more.

Instagram Stories October 2, 2019

Instagram for Android is adding app shortcuts three years after they were cool

Google first added app shortcuts to Android with the debut of Nougat, but many apps never added the functionality. Now, there’s evidence that Instagram is finally adding app shortcuts to its Android app, but there’s no telling when they’ll debut.

Instagram Stories October 9, 2018

Instagram’s latest anti-bullying initiative uses AI to detect bullying in photos

Instagram has announced that it is stepping up its anti-bullying efforts by using AI to detect signs of bullying in photos and captions …

Instagram Stories October 1, 2018

Google opens official #teampixel Instagram ‘art gallery,’ hides a few Pixel 2 giveaways

One of the biggest selling points of every Google Pixel device so far is the camera, and if you search #teampixel on any social network, you’ll find a lot of killer photography. To showcase some of those photos, Google has just opened an official Instagram account for the Pixel as an “art gallery” of sorts.

Instagram Stories September 25, 2018

Instagram co-founders leave Facebook, hint that they will create an all-new app

Update: Facebook shares have fallen 2% in pre-market trading, which would wipe $11B from the company’s market cap if unchanged by the time the market opens.

Instagram’s two founders, who have continued work on the app since it was acquired by Facebook six years ago, have announced that they are leaving Facebook to work on something new …

Instagram Stories September 20, 2018

Instagram testing hidden hashtags, and the option to geofence posts

Instagram is testing the ability to add hashtags to posts without including them in the caption. That would retain the searchability of photos and videos, but without the untidiness you get when the #caption #is #stuffed #full #of #hashtags …

Instagram Stories September 6, 2018

Instagram announces parent’s guide to help them assist teens with privacy, safety and time

Most parents will want to ensure that their kids are safe online, but that can be tricky when they are unfamiliar with the apps used by their offspring. That’s an issue Instagram set out to address with a new Parent’s Guide …

Instagram Stories August 22, 2018

New York Public Library is turning the Instagram app into an ebook reader

If you’re a parent wondering how you get your kids to read books when they’d far rather be using Instagram, the New York Public Library thinks it may have the answer …

Instagram Stories August 14, 2018

Hundreds of reports of hacked Instagram accounts, possible Russian link

Hundreds of Instagram users are reporting that their accounts have been hacked, locking out their owners, with a number of the incidents pointing to a possible Russian link …

Instagram Stories August 1, 2018

Facebook has announced tools to help people monitor and control their usage of both the main Facebook app and Instagram

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Instagram Stories July 19, 2018

Instagram DM now lets you see when your friends are online

Instagram has today rolled out a new feature to let users see when their friends are on the platform and available to chat.

Instagram Stories July 18, 2018

Twitter puts verification reform on hold; Instagram testing silent block feature

Twitter is pausing its efforts to reform the blue check-mark verification process. The company says that it is currently directing all its efforts to addressing the fake news problem in the run-up to the US mid-term elections …

Instagram Stories July 10, 2018

Instagram officially introduces the ‘Question Sticker’

Last week, a handful of users noticed a new sticker while creating an Instagram Story that allowed them to ask their followers a question. A week later and Instagram has officially announced the ‘Question Sticker.’

How to use the Instagram Story Question Sticker on Android

Well before its official announcement, Instagram began testing out a new sticker that allowed users to ask their followers questions. Now that the feature is live for everyone, here’s how to ask your question on Instagram Stories…

Instagram Stories July 2, 2018

Instagram launches ‘You’re All Caught Up’ feature to help users deal with the algorithm

Instagram has today officially started rolling out its “You’re All Caught Up” feature after previously testing it out with a limited number of users back in May.

Instagram Stories July 1, 2018

Instagram is testing a feature that allows you to ask questions in your Stories

Instagram has been on a roll as of late introducing the IGTV app and new features like the ability to add music to Stories. While it hasn’t been announced yet, it looks like Instagram is testing yet another feature for Stories.

Instagram Stories June 29, 2018

How to add music to your Instagram Stories on Android

Now that the option has rolled out to Android, here’s how to add music to your Instagram Stories.

Instagram Stories June 28, 2018

Instagram now allows you to add music to your Stories, coming soon to Android

Unlike with YouTube, Instagram users have been playing copyrighted music in the background of their Stories without the fear of any negative consequences. But this was done by just playing a song out of the phone while capturing a photo or video. Starting today, Instagram is adding an official feature for adding music to Stories.

Over the past couple of years, many popular apps have debuted “lite” alternatives with smaller sizes and reduced performance requirements. Now, Instagram is debuting one of those as well.

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Instagram Stories June 26, 2018

Instagram update introduces video calling, new Explore tab w/ channel topics, more

Back in May, we found evidence that Instagram would soon bring video calling to its mobile app. Right on the heels of the introduction of IGTV, Instagram has now officially announced Video Chat, a new Explore tab with channel topics, and new camera effects.

Instagram Stories June 20, 2018

After several weeks of rumors and speculation, Instagram has just announced that it will be bringing long-form vertical videos to the social network in the form of a standalone app called IGTV. To help get the ball rolling, Instagram has partnered with several well-known creators who will soon start publishing original content to the platform.

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We heard earlier this month that Instagram was planning support for long-form videos of up to an hour, and a new report suggests that the feature will launch today, with a few more details emerging …

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Instagram Stories June 14, 2018

Instagram will no longer notify users if someone screenshots their Story

Back in February, some Instagram users started to receive notifications whenever someone took a screenshot of their Story. After experimenting with this feature for several months, Instagram has decided to cancel it altogether.

Instagram Stories June 7, 2018

Instantly reshare Instagram Stories that you’ve been mentioned in to your Story

Last month, Instagram rolled out a new feature that allows you to share other people’s posts to your Story as a sticker. Now, if someone mentions you in their Instagram Story, you can reshare that picture or video to your Story.

Instagram Stories June 6, 2018

Following a report yesterday suggesting Instagram was adding support for videos up to 1 hour in length, TechCrunch now offers additional details on the company’s video plans. The report likens Instagram’s video plans to Snapchat’s Discover feature…

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Instagram Stories June 5, 2018

How to split long pre-recorded videos on Android for Instagram Stories

When posting to Instagram Stories, one secret to better-looking content is to upload pre-recorded videos. But with Instagram limiting clips to 15 seconds, you can’t just upload a long-form video. Thankfully, there is an app that cuts everything up into clips pretty easily.

Instagram might soon allow creators to publish hour-long videos

For some time now, Facebook has been trying to grow its “Watch” section with original video content and keep its users on its platform instead of them leaving for YouTube. This plan doesn’t appear to be working as planned, so Facebook is looking at bringing long-form videos to Instagram.

Instagram Stories May 15, 2018

Spending too much time on Instagram? The app may let you know …

If you suspect you may be spending a little too much time using Instagram, you may soon be able to check out the total time you’ve spent using the app …

Instagram Stories May 7, 2018

As it continues to expand its Stories platform, Instagram is seemingly planning a new feature that would make it easier to add music to Stories. According to TechCrunch, code found within the Instagram application indicates you could soon be able to add “Music stickers” to your Stories…

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Instagram Stories April 24, 2018

Instagram on Android can now simultaneously upload multiple photos and videos to Stories

If you’re a frequent user of Instagram, you’ve probably shared photos with your friends using Stories. But have you ever wanted to share multiple images or videos without having to keep going back into Stories and selecting something from your gallery? Well, you’re in luck because Instagram has just launched this feature in its Android app.

How to download your user data from Instagram

Because of Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that goes live next month, Instagram has launched a new tool that lets you download your user data, similar to what Facebook allows its users to do. Here’s how it works.

Instagram Stories April 11, 2018

How to use Instagram’s Focus Mode to take blurry background photos & videos on Android

Instagram recently announced a new Focus Mode that replicates a bokeh or background blur effect found on most modern Android smartphones. But instead of just working for photographs, the social network’s Focus Mode works for both stills and videos…

Instagram Stories April 3, 2018

Third-party Instagram apps break as company limits API data in apparent privacy move

Third-party apps which rely on pulling data from Instagram are falling over as the company has started imposing limits on how much information is shared …

Instagram Stories March 5, 2018

Instagram appears to be testing yet another new feature for its mobile applications. Just days after code emerged hinting at support for audio and video calling in the app, TechCrunch now reports that there’s further evidence of Portrait Mode-like feature coming…

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Instagram Stories March 1, 2018

Instagram appears to be preparing to compete with Snapchat’s most popular feature. TechCrunch has dug up icons in the Android version of the Instagram application that suggest the company is hard at work on developing a new video calling feature…

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Instagram Stories February 12, 2018

How to automatically post your Instagram photos as full images on Twitter using IFTTT

When you post photos on your Instagram account, there are options to share the images with your other social media accounts, including Twitter. Unfortunately, when you share them this way, all it does is tweet out an Instagram link. Using IFTTT, you can have your actual Instagram photos automatically shared on Twitter. Here’s how…

Instagram Stories February 11, 2018

How to automatically share your Instagram Story to Facebook on Android

If you’re working extremely hard to make content for your Instagram Story, you might as well share it on Facebook too, right? Well, you’re in luck because Instagram makes that extremely easy to do. Here’s how…

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