The latest Instagram update, version 10.3, introduces several new features including a hands-free recording mode, more stickers and holiday content.
The new camera interface lets users record a video by tapping the record button once, rather than pressing and holding it like previously. “Whether you’re playing a guitar solo, building a snowman or perfecting your handstand, there’s no need to press and hold,” said Instagram in the update announcement.
You can also now add customizable weather, time and location stickers to snaps. Instagram says adding location stickers works much the same as tagging the locations of posts shared on your feed. Those watching your story will be able to learn more about the location but the story won’t appear on the location page itself.
Meanwhile, Instagram has also rolled out holiday-themed stickers, such as snowmen and Christmas trees, which will be available for the next few weeks, with more themed stickers on their way in time for new year.
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December 14: Instagram now lets you save posts that you’d like to revisit later. You should see a new bookmark icon underneath each and every post in your feed. When you find a photo or video that you’d like to save, tap the bookmark icon, and that’s it. The post will be saved to a new, private tab on your profile, where you can see all the posts you’ve saved. The best part? Posts saved in your bookmarks tab are only visible to you.
Live video streaming
December 12: Instagram is the latest social networking giant to support live video streaming. Users can stream up to one hour of live video at a time, though video clips from the live streaming feature can’t be saved at this time. It’s only live in the US for now, but more regions will gain support for the feature soon.
Boomerang videos and Story mentions
November 10: Boomerang videos are now baked into the Instagram app. Just swipe right from the main feed page, select Boomerang, then you’ll be able to create short GIF-like clips that you can share directly to your account. In addition, Instagram has added support for mentioning users in Stories.
Save posts as drafts
September 20: You can finally save Instagram posts as drafts. We’re not sure why this feature wasn’t available in previous versions, but we’re happy it’s here now.