Instagram adds Snapchat-like filters, ‘Rewind’ camera mode, and more in latest update
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Instagram and Snapchat are two closely related products already but yesterday Instagram revealed another big step in the direction of its competitor. Instagram has introduced face filters to its app — previously one of the standout features of Snapchat — allowing you to overlay animated images onto your photos and videos.
“From math equations swirling around your head to furry koala ears that move and twitch, you can transform into a variety of characters that make you smile or laugh,” said Instagram in its blog post.
Instagram is making eight filters available to begin with, and these are accessed by opening the camera and tapping the new face icon in the bottom right corner. You can send your snaps to friends via Instagram Direct or add them to your story.
Instagram is also rolling out several other new features, including the ability to make your videos play in reverse (with the new “Rewind” camera format found next to “Boomerang” and “Hands-Free.”) and hashtag stickers for stories.
These are located at the sticker icon at the top right of the screen, which can be selected to create a customized hashtag for your story (like mentions, you can add hashtags using regular tex0, toot). Those watching it are able to tap the hashtag sticker or text to visit the hashtag page and check out related posts.
Finally, Instagram has added a new eraser brush to the drawing tools for new effects like seen in the image below.
The updates are arriving to Instagram as of version 10.21: download it at the Play Store link below and let us know your thoughts on the latest updates in the comments.
May 8, 2017: Instagram has beefed up its mobile website with the ability to upload photos, and a lightweight version of the Explore tab. Previously, users were only able to like posts, follow users, search, and see notifications from the mobile site. Now users can not only upload media to the social network, they can also access a stripped down version of the Explore tab.
Instagram says the web experience is optimized for phones, and designed to help users on slower data connections access the social network. Think of this as a “lite” version of Instagram. Video uploading via the mobile web still isn’t supported, however, nor is posting photos or videos from the desktop site.
Offline mode coming soon
April 19: Instagram announced that it is launching an offline mode to help improve the experience for those with limited internet access. Offline users will be able to “Like” posts, leave comments, save media and unfollow people, all of which will be processed once the user reconnects to the internet. They will also be able to view content previously loaded in their Instagram feed, profiles they’ve previously visited, older versions of their own profile and the Explore tab.
April 19: Instagram users can now save any posts to a private collection. These private collections, which are only visible to the account owner, can be found on the saved posts tab on your Instagram profile. Any post can be saved simply by tapping and holding the bookmark icon underneath that post.
You can create and name a new collection anytime you save one of those posts, or it can simply be saved and added to a collection that’s already been created. Any existing saved posts can also be grouped into a private collection by tapping the plus icon in the top right corner. You will then be asked to give your collection a name and then select the saved posts you want to add to it.
April 13: Instagram added a way to create stickers out of selfie pictures, with the ability to resize them and use different frame styles. It also added new geostickers for residents or travelers in Chicago, London, Madrid and Tokyo. Finally, it added a way to quickly access your recently used stickers just by tapping the smiley face and swiping right.
Introducing disappearing videos and photos
April 11: Instagram is introducing what they call disappearing videos and photos. These videos and photos will show up blue in DMs and can only be played twice. The sender will be notified if the receiver replays the video or takes a screenshot. Those who want to send a disappearing video or photo can swipe left to access Direct, tap the blue camera icon and tap on the arrow to send.
Watch stories direct from your home feed
March 30: Instagram has rolled out a new update to its app which lets you watch stories straight from your home feed. When you’re scrolling through it, you’ll now see a colored ring around the profile photos of those you follow if they have a new story for you to check out. Tap on one of these, and you’ll be taken directly to that story. When you’re done, you’ll simply be returned to your previous spot in the home feed. Note that you’ll still be able to tap on the person’s username if you just want to visit their profile, too.
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