In the latest Instagram update, the Facebook-owned company has added new ways to reply to your friend’s posts for more personalized conversations.
Instagram users can now reply directly to reshared posts, photos, and videos with their own photo or video. To make matters more interesting, these replies will also automatically include a sticker of the content you’re responding to (like in the picture of the pup above).
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Simply tapping the “reply” button will open up the camera for you to make a photo or video response. The new feature also comes with the option to split-screen your photo reply with the original image instead of creating it as an inset sticker, as well as edit it with the drawing tools.
It’s not as significant an update as the comments threads from a few days ago (which you can read more about below the break), but having replies include a sort of “visual quote” of the original content is a nice touch as Instagram continues to try and stay ahead of rival Snapchat.
These updates are rolling out with Instagram version 10.34 hitting the Google Play Store now. Download the latest version via the button below.
Instagram finally brings comment threads to its app
August 15, 2017: With Instagram version 24, the Facebook-owned photo-sharing app will now group conversations together, just like the way it works on Facebook. Your replies will automatically be grouped right underneath each thread, and when there are multiple replies, it will say how many there are instead of showing the full content, providing for a much cleaner look.
Instagram update lets you add a friend to your live stream
August 8, 2017: The latest update lets a small percentage of users add their friends to their live streams. A more widespread roll out will take place over the next few months according to the company.
Instagram lets you respond to Stories with photos and videos
July 6, 2017: As controversial as Instagram’s Stories may be, due to its blatant similarities to Snapchat Stories, Instagram continues to improve the feature by allowing you to reply to a friend’s Story with photos and videos of your own. When you open a Story, you now see a camera button on the left corner of the screen. When pressed, the button takes you to your camera screen with a thumbnail of the Story you are replying to. From here, you can take pictures, record videos, create Boomerangs, and resize the original Story’s thumbnail.
Instagram steps up its fight against scam and offensive comments
June 29, 2017: With the latest update, offensive comments on Instagram will be blocked by default. You can still report individual comments and profiles, of course, and if for whatever odd reason you want to disable this feature, you can do so in the app’s settings. The new update also addresses spam, another huge issue in the Instagram community. These filters will work in many different languages and will use machine learning to improve over time. The hope is that the automatic blocking will create a safer and a more inclusive space for all Instagram users.
Instagram lets you share replays of Instagram Stories live videos
June 20, 2017: The update adds a “Share” selection at the bottom of the screen after your live video has ended, so you can add the replay to Instagram Stories for 24 hours. Alternatively, you can delete the live video by tapping the toggle, and then choosing “Discard”. When you watch your own video replay back, you will see the number of users who watched it live, and afterwards via replay.
Instagram adds Archive feature
June 13, 2017: Instagram has rolled out its new Archive addition worldwide. It’s been designed to help users keep any posts they have shared in a space that’s only meant to be seen by that person. If you want to start archiving your shared posts, all you have to do is tap “…” at the top of the post you want to save and then and choose “Archive.” Users will be able to see that saved post when they tap on the Archive icon, which is located in the top right corner of the Instagram profile. You will also be able to see any previous likes and comments on that post.
Instagram Direct adds support for links, along with landscape and portrait orentation
May 25, 2017: The Instagram Direct feature now allows users to share images in both landscape and portrait orientation along with the ability to share links.
Instagram Stories can now be searched by location, hashtag search coming soon
May 23, 2017: Instagram is adding yet another way to search for content on the social network. The latest update to the app allows users to search inside Instagram Stories via location, and soon will also add searching in Stories via hashtags.
May 17, 2017: Instagram has added another Snapchat-like feature, as users can now put in a number of animated images over their photos and videos. In addition, users can now put videos in reverse. There’s also a new eraser brush in the drawing tools.
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.