Instagram – Droid Life https://www.droid-life.com An intense Android news community bringing you the latest in phones, rooting, apps, and reviews. Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:51:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 You Can Now Follow Hashtags on Instagram https://www.droid-life.com/2017/12/12/instagram-hashtags/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/12/12/instagram-hashtags/#comments Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:03:00 +0000 https://www.droid-life.com/?p=209544

Instagram introduced the ability of following a hashtag this morning, which is major news for #slime lovers and #nofilter connoisseurs. Just like you’d follow an actual person, whenever you follow a hashtag, you’ll see the top results for that particular hashtag in your feed. You’ll even see Stories from them. From what I can tell, … Continued

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Instagram introduced the ability of following a hashtag this morning, which is major news for #slime lovers and #nofilter connoisseurs.

Just like you’d follow an actual person, whenever you follow a hashtag, you’ll see the top results for that particular hashtag in your feed. You’ll even see Stories from them.

From what I can tell, you can follow any hashtag, no matter how obscure. Taken from Instagram’s post, “When you find a hashtag you like, open the hashtag page and tap on the follow button. You’ll begin seeing top posts from that hashtag in your feed and some of the latest stories in your stories bar.”

I updated my Instagram app this morning and am still not seeing this feature, but my assumption is that it’s rolling out and could take a couple of days to arrive for everyone.

So, what hashtag are you going to follow?

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Instagram Testing Separation of Messaging Into Standalone App https://www.droid-life.com/2017/12/07/instagram-direct/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/12/07/instagram-direct/#comments Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:59:32 +0000 https://www.droid-life.com/?p=209417

For folks in Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, and Uruguay, Instagram is testing a separation of messaging from its photo sharing service. The app is called Direct, and essentially, it’s like Facebook’s move to remove Messenger from the standalone Facebook app. When Direct is installed, the messaging function of the Instagram app disappears. Much like Snapchat, … Continued

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For folks in Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, and Uruguay, Instagram is testing a separation of messaging from its photo sharing service. The app is called Direct, and essentially, it’s like Facebook’s move to remove Messenger from the standalone Facebook app.

When Direct is installed, the messaging function of the Instagram app disappears. Much like Snapchat, when you open Direct, it goes directly to the camera to help promote sharing. Beyond that, there’s just 2 screens, one for direct messages and one for your profile plus settings management. As a nice touch, if you continue swiping right, you’ll pop directly into the Instagram app.

This is only a test for now, but if it goes over well, folks around the globe can expect this change. There’s no official timeline, but something to keep in mind.

How do you feeling about the breaking down of popular apps and experiences into multiple apps? Does it make sense to you or do you wish companies would focus on housing everything under one roof?

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Instagram Adds New Stories Highlights Section Right to Your Profile https://www.droid-life.com/2017/12/05/instagram-stories-archives/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/12/05/instagram-stories-archives/#comments Tue, 05 Dec 2017 22:34:21 +0000 https://www.droid-life.com/?p=209368

Instagram introduced two new features for its oh-so-popular photo sharing app this week — Stories Highlights and Stories Archive. Stories Highlights is the big new feature, which is a new part of your actual profile that others see. In this space, you can highlight Stories that you’d like others to have easy access to. Basically, … Continued

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Instagram introduced two new features for its oh-so-popular photo sharing app this week — Stories Highlights and Stories Archive.

Stories Highlights is the big new feature, which is a new part of your actual profile that others see. In this space, you can highlight Stories that you’d like others to have easy access to. Basically, if you use Stories a lot, you can make compilation Stories from past videos you have shared. For example, if you want to highlight all of the neighborhood dogs you love, you can keep videos of them right on your profile via Stories Highlights.

Stories Highlights appear in a new section on your profile below your bio. To create a highlight, tap the “New” circle at the far left. From there, you can choose any stories from your archive (detailed below), select a cover for your highlight and give it a name.

What helps Stories Highlights become a usable feature is Stories Archive. Whenever a Story you’ve posted is expired, it is saved to a private database that only you can access. In this archive, you can tap on any story to watch it. From there, you can add it to a new Story, share it as a post or add it to a Highlight on your profile.

If you’re a Stories kinda person on Instagram, go check it out.

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You Can Now ‘Remix’ Photos Sent to You on Instagram https://www.droid-life.com/2017/11/28/instagram-remix/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/11/28/instagram-remix/#comments Tue, 28 Nov 2017 20:42:18 +0000 https://www.droid-life.com/?p=209108

Inside of version 24 for Android and iOS, Instagram is allowing friends to “remix” photos they receive from friends. Here’s how this new functionality works. For example, let’s say you receive a fun selfie from a buddy and want to remix it. Thanks to the camera icon at the bottom of your screen, you can … Continued

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Inside of version 24 for Android and iOS, Instagram is allowing friends to “remix” photos they receive from friends.

Here’s how this new functionality works. For example, let’s say you receive a fun selfie from a buddy and want to remix it. Thanks to the camera icon at the bottom of your screen, you can capture that photo, edit it, then send it right back for laughs to ensue. You can remix plenty of things, such as doodle on top of it, resize it, add stickers, and more. There doesn’t appear to be a limit on how many times a photo can be remixed, then sent back and forth.

However, if having your photos remixed doesn’t interest you, a One View option can be selected, similar to Snapchat. If you want your friends to be able to view the photo countless times, select Allow Replay. Photos and videos sent with Allow Replay automatically loop and your friends can tap and hold to pause.

This update is headed out to Android devices right now via Google Play.

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Go Live With a Friend on Instagram Thanks to Latest Update https://www.droid-life.com/2017/10/24/instagram-live-with-friends/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/10/24/instagram-live-with-friends/#comments Tue, 24 Oct 2017 20:03:04 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=207548

Thanks to a new update (Version 20, to be exact), users of Instagram can now fire up a Live broadcast with a friend, a feature that’s been in testing since August. Let’s say you want to do a little Instagram show with a friend being your guest. Simply fire up the Live video, tap on … Continued

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Thanks to a new update (Version 20, to be exact), users of Instagram can now fire up a Live broadcast with a friend, a feature that’s been in testing since August.

Let’s say you want to do a little Instagram show with a friend being your guest. Simply fire up the Live video, tap on the new icon in the bottom right of the screen, “Add” whichever friend you’d like, then get to broadcasting. You can remove your guest and add a new guest at any time during the broadcast, too.

The update is rolling out to all users right now.

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Instagram Intros Real-Time Polls for Stories https://www.droid-life.com/2017/10/03/instagram-polls/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/10/03/instagram-polls/#comments Tue, 03 Oct 2017 22:45:34 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=206540

Launching this week inside of Instagram, users can now add polls to their Stories! With this, you can ask a question, then receive votes in real time, helping you decide on things you may be asking about. Can’t decide what type of donut to eat? Ask a poll question. Need help determining an outfit for … Continued

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Launching this week inside of Instagram, users can now add polls to their Stories! With this, you can ask a question, then receive votes in real time, helping you decide on things you may be asking about. Can’t decide what type of donut to eat? Ask a poll question. Need help determining an outfit for your job interview? Ask a poll question.

On top of polls, Instagram announced new tools to help make you a bit more creative: a color picker for text and brushes and an alignment tool for text and stickers. As detailed, “When you choose a color for your text or drawing tool, you’ll see a new eyedropper icon at the far left. Use it to select any color from your photo or video and apply it to your text or drawing tool.”

I must be the only Instagram person that has never used Stories. Sad me.

Go grab that update!

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Instagram Intros Face Filters for Live Videos https://www.droid-life.com/2017/09/21/instagram-live-face-filters/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/09/21/instagram-live-face-filters/#comments Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:42:15 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=206095

Globally rolling out over the next few weeks, you can now utilize Face Filters when streaming via Instagram Live. That’s right! With this, you can change yourself into a kitten or rainbow unicorn for all of your followers to see in real-time. To get in on this amazingness, when inside of Instagram Live, tap on … Continued

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Globally rolling out over the next few weeks, you can now utilize Face Filters when streaming via Instagram Live. That’s right! With this, you can change yourself into a kitten or rainbow unicorn for all of your followers to see in real-time.

To get in on this amazingness, when inside of Instagram Live, tap on the “Face” button in the bottom right. Once enabled, you can swipe through the different filters and have all of the fun you can imagine. Detailed in the announcement, “You can also try on the new sunglasses face filter — available exclusively in live video for the next week — and tap to change the scenery reflected in your lenses.”

Truly. Phenomenal.

This update is rolling out across the globe right now. Be on the lookout!

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Sharing Instagram Stories Directly With Friends Just Got Easy https://www.droid-life.com/2017/09/12/sharing-instagram-stories-directly-friends-just-got-easy/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/09/12/sharing-instagram-stories-directly-friends-just-got-easy/#comments Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:34:12 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=205617

In case you found an awesome Story on Instagram that your BFF needs to see, the service just made it really easy to share said story right through Direct. As an example, if you find a story you want to share, you’ll see the “Direct” icon on the bottom right of all stories, so long … Continued

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In case you found an awesome Story on Instagram that your BFF needs to see, the service just made it really easy to share said story right through Direct.

As an example, if you find a story you want to share, you’ll see the “Direct” icon on the bottom right of all stories, so long as the original Story account allows for sharing. Once you click that paper airplane icon, your list of friends will come up, with the Story being sent directly to their message inbox.

Once the Story expires, it vanishes instantly from the inbox.

As stated, if you share a lot of Stories, but don’t want strangers seeing them, you can disable this share option in your Story settings.

Remember, sharing is caring.

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Instagram Comments Get Threaded for Easier Communication https://www.droid-life.com/2017/08/15/instagram-comments-get-threaded/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/08/15/instagram-comments-get-threaded/#comments Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:59:19 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=204602

Moving forward, comments on Instagram will be placed in threads, making the whole commenting situation on the photo and video-sharing service so much more lovely. For example, if you’re commenting a friend on Kim K’s latest post, all of your comments will be threaded together, allowing for the full context of your conversation to be … Continued

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Moving forward, comments on Instagram will be placed in threads, making the whole commenting situation on the photo and video-sharing service so much more lovely.

For example, if you’re commenting a friend on Kim K’s latest post, all of your comments will be threaded together, allowing for the full context of your conversation to be previewed. If you know how the current comment system is, which is where each comment is posted as a new comment to the bottom of the single thread, this new implementation is greatly appreciated.

Here’s how comment threads will look moving forward.

Thank you, Instagram, this is a welcomed change.

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Instagram Brings Photo, Video Replies to Stories https://www.droid-life.com/2017/07/06/instagram-story-replies/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/07/06/instagram-story-replies/#comments Thu, 06 Jul 2017 15:48:13 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=202763

Instagram is rolling out the ability to send video and photo replies to Stories this week, making the experience of Stories a bit more than just a one way street. For example, if you’re watching a friend’s Story and want to reply to something in particular, you can tap the camera button, shoot a reply, … Continued

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Instagram is rolling out the ability to send video and photo replies to Stories this week, making the experience of Stories a bit more than just a one way street. For example, if you’re watching a friend’s Story and want to reply to something in particular, you can tap the camera button, shoot a reply, then get back to finishing the Story.

When you’re making your reply, you can make a photo, video or Boomerang, then access all of the same editing tools as you’re used to. It’s a complete and fully editable replying option.

If you’re the one who sent the Story and someone replied to it, you can find the messages inside of the Direct Inbox from the main screen in the app.

Here’s the rundown straight from Instagram.

  • To reply to a story, simply tap the camera button while watching a story.
  • Capture a photo, video, or boomerang and add any creative tools you’d like. Once you hit “Send” you can continue watching stories.
  • Replies to your story appear in your Direct inbox as always. Photo and video replies are highlighted in blue and disappear once you view them.

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Instagram to Begin Auto-Blocking Offensive Comments and Spam https://www.droid-life.com/2017/06/29/instagram-auto-blocking-comments/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/06/29/instagram-auto-blocking-comments/#comments Thu, 29 Jun 2017 15:46:00 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=202606

In an effort to help curb offensive and spam comments, Instagram will begin to utilize machine learning and updated filters. With the use of these, whenever an offensive or spam comment is made, it goes straight to purgatory, never to be seen by other users. If you’re someone who doesn’t mind a good ribbing or … Continued

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In an effort to help curb offensive and spam comments, Instagram will begin to utilize machine learning and updated filters. With the use of these, whenever an offensive or spam comment is made, it goes straight to purgatory, never to be seen by other users.

If you’re someone who doesn’t mind a good ribbing or may want to view the hate speech, there is an on/off switch in the settings menu. Simply toggle the “Hide Offensive Comments” switch.

As for spam, which is rampant on the service, machine learning will be doing the heavy lifting. “We believe that using machine learning to build tools to safeguard self-expression is an important step in fostering more inclusive, kinder communities,” Instagram wrote in a blog post.

These changes are rolling out right now across the Instagram platform.

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You Can Now Send a Replay of Your Live Video to Instagram Stories https://www.droid-life.com/2017/06/20/instagram-live-replay/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/06/20/instagram-live-replay/#comments Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:52:18 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=202254

Instagram announced this morning that it has 250 million daily users on Stories. That’s an impressive number. To go along with that, with the latest update to the Android and iOS app, you can now share your finished live video to Stories for 24 hours, a function that hasn’t been available until now. To put … Continued

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Instagram announced this morning that it has 250 million daily users on Stories. That’s an impressive number. To go along with that, with the latest update to the Android and iOS app, you can now share your finished live video to Stories for 24 hours, a function that hasn’t been available until now.

To put this simply, if you’ve just wrapped up a live video where you interacted with friends and had a blast, you can immediately share that live video to Stories, allowing anyone and everyone to watch it if they missed it live.

As Instagram describes, “When your broadcast has ended, you’ll be able to tap ‘Share’ at the bottom of the screen to add your replay to Instagram Stories for 24 hours. You can also tap the toggle and choose ‘Discard,’ and your live video will disappear from the app as usual.”

If this functionality sounds fun to you, follow the Google Play link below.

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Instagram Rolling Archive Feature Out to All Users https://www.droid-life.com/2017/06/13/instagram-archive-feature/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/06/13/instagram-archive-feature/#comments Tue, 13 Jun 2017 18:56:02 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=201633

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The Archive feature that first popped up for select Instagram users a few weeks ago is now rolling out to all users, according to the latest announcement from the company.

With Archive, users can essentially hide whatever media they want from their profile, such as old photos or videos. Archiving does not delete the content, though. Instead, it simply hides it, while still preserving the “Like” count and comments.

To archive media, select a photo or video, then press on the three dot button. The top option should be Archive. Once archived, you can access them and reinstate the media by pressing the Clock icon on your profile and hitting “Show on Profile.”

If you think Archive would be a helpful feature for your profile, have at it.

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Instagram Launches Location and Hashtag Stories https://www.droid-life.com/2017/05/23/instagram-location-hashtag-stories/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/05/23/instagram-location-hashtag-stories/#comments Tue, 23 May 2017 15:51:30 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=200979

Two new Explore categories are being added into Instagram: Location Stories and Hashtag Stories. With these, users can discover content (photos and videos) based on places or things of interest, all from the same Explore tab.  Instagram has been bulking up the Explore tab if you have not noticed lately, with this move continuing that trend. … Continued

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Two new Explore categories are being added into Instagram: Location Stories and Hashtag Stories. With these, users can discover content (photos and videos) based on places or things of interest, all from the same Explore tab. 

Instagram has been bulking up the Explore tab if you have not noticed lately, with this move continuing that trend. Along with all of the videos and popular Stories you’ll find already, Location Stories and Hashtag Stories are based solely on locations you want to see or things you view often. For example, if you search for New York City, you’ll find a story based solely on photos and videos of New York City. If you’re into Lacrosse, you can search that hashtag and potentially find a story based on that.

Possibly exciting for some, there’s a chance your photos and videos can be added to a larger story, too. If you use hashtags and location tags, and Instagram happens to need that content, your media can be added for the entire Instagram community to view it. Just to note, though, you’ll need a public profile.

According to Instagram, “Location stories on Explore are available on iOS and Android as part of Instagram version 10.22 in the Apple App Store and Google Play. Hashtag stories will be rolling out over the coming weeks.”

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Instagram Intros Face Filters For All You Crazy Kids https://www.droid-life.com/2017/05/16/instagram-face-filters/ https://www.droid-life.com/2017/05/16/instagram-face-filters/#comments Tue, 16 May 2017 15:28:04 +0000 http://www.droid-life.com/?p=200718

Just like you’d find on other picture sharing services these days, Instagram now offers Face Filters. With these, you can have some fun with silly masks or filters, then share them with friends and family.  I could go on like every other tech journo about how Instagram straight snatched this feature from Snapchat, but I … Continued

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Just like you’d find on other picture sharing services these days, Instagram now offers Face Filters. With these, you can have some fun with silly masks or filters, then share them with friends and family. 

I could go on like every other tech journo about how Instagram straight snatched this feature from Snapchat, but I don’t think anyone really cares. You know who might care, though? The users. Instagram users will surely take complete advantage of the addition of face filters.

To get started, make sure you have the latest version of the Instagram app, then tap the new face icon in the bottom right corner when in the camera section of the app.

Face filters can be pure comedic gold, so go have some fun.

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