Instagram is now 10 years old (Wow), and they are celebrating it by releasing a few new updates to the app and platform.
There's a few small change to the platform, like anti-bullying features that aim to hide abusive comments, adding warnings for people that regularly try to post "offensive" remarks, and a few other things like the constantly moving tab/icon arrangement. I'll leave that for Instagram to explain.
I'm interested in two things in the update. The ability to set a custom app icon, and the new Stories Map that you can find in the archive.
Custom App Icons
You now have the ability to change the app icon for Instagram! I know it's possible via Shortcuts, but these are actual custom app icons.
There are 13 to choose from, and they go back to 2010 before the app was even launched.
To get to the icons, you need to go to Settings, and swipe down from the top of the screen (a lot).
I've gone for the "Classic 2" icon. Because surely that's objectively the best option?
The Stories Map is a cool feature, and it's one for yourself. As in, it's part of your own archive, and not visible for other people.
To find it, tap on the menu while you're viewing your profile (What even is this menu called?), and tap Archive. Then you'll be able to see your past stories in a simple reverse-chronological list like before, in a calendar view, or on a map.
I think the calendar view will be the most useful when going back and looking at old videos. But the map view is also pretty cool. Although if you want your videos to appear on your map, you have to add a location sticker to a story when sharing it.
As much as I get annoyed with Instagram Reels and Shopping taking up more real estate on the app, it's not all doom and gloom.
Oh, and if you want to find me on Instagram, I'm @lordchrishannah. (Yes, technically I'm a Lord, I own a square foot of land in Scotland)
Instagram announced on their blog, that they now support adding up to 10 photos and videos in just the single post.
You now don’t have to worry about selecting the best photo, or not posting all of them because you don’t want to flood your followers feeds. This feature removes that problem.
The posts look nearly identical, except you can swipe left and right to navigate through the photos/videos. You’ll see if a post has many items, if you can see the line of blue dots beneath it.
When you’re creating a new post on Instagram, you’ll see the new “Select Multiple” option appear, which means you can select up to 10 different items to appear in the post.
One you’ve done that you press Next as usual, and you can apply a filter to all of them at once, you can still select one of them and edit as usual. At the minute multiple photo/video posts only support square formats, and there is the one caption for the whole post.
This is a nice addition to Instagram, and one I would of made good use of in my recent trip to Barcelona. I like the idea of Instagram Stories, but sometimes I don’t want to worry about saving them manually to my phone just so I don’t lose them. Now instead of posting separate posts about the same event, you get to show more of your photography skills off in less space!