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.
To search via location, users can check out a new story ring at the top of of the Explore screen. You can see any Stories that are happening near your location, based on the users who have placed location stickers in their Stories. You can also search for any location around the world and check out its Story page. The upcoming hashtag search feature will let you see an Instagram story ring at the top of the page that are based on the hashtag you are looking for.
The update that adds location searching on Stories is available now with the new version 10.22 of Instagram. You can download it at the Play Store link below and let us know your thoughts on the latest update in the comments. The hashtag search feature for Stories will be rolled out in the coming weeks.
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.
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.