Instagram Stories

Instagram launches new features for stickers as Stories daily active users surpass Snapchat

As part of Instagram version 10.16 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, several new features for stickers are now available to users within the photo-sharing app.

For example, you can now turn your selfie into a sticker and pin it to a specific spot in your video, access your recently-used stickers with a simple swipe, use geostickers in four new cities, enable a countdown timer when capturing a video and more.

According to the firm, Instagram’s Stories has more daily active users than Snapchat as over 200 million people are now using Instagram Stories on a daily basis.

St. Patrick’s Day stickers launch on Instagram

Yesterday was the Saint Patrick’s Day, a cultural and religious celebration held on the traditional death date of Saint Patrick who was the foremost patron saint of Ireland. To celebrate the festivities, Instagram has added a handful of themed stickers which you can plaster all over the photos and videos in your Stories. They’re available in the United States, Ireland, Australia and the United Kingdom through the weekend so go ahead and dazzle your followers with St. Patrick’s Day-themed Stories.

How to add Live Photos to your Instagram stories

In a new update released to its users this week, Instagram has added the option to upload Live Photos shot on iPhone and turn them into Boomerangs, all this from within the app itself. The only limitation at present time is that Live Photos can only be used in your stories (not in your main Instagram feed), although this may change in the future.

In this post, I will show you how to turn your Live Photos into Boomerangs in your Instagram stories.

Instagram enhances Stories with stickers, Save Story option, hands-free shooting & more

Instagram is on a roll: hot on the heels of enabling a bookmarking feature, Boomerang montages, commenting improvements and disappearing media attachments in Direct, the popular photo-sharing service today announced additional features for your Stories. These include regular and holiday-themed stickers, text enhancements, hands-free video mode, the ability to save a Story video to iOS’s Camera roll and more.

Instagram update brings Boomerang features, mentions and links in Stories

You no longer need to have Instagram’s standalone Boomerang app installed on your iOS device to create looping videos: thanks to the latest Instagram update that went live on the App Store today, Boomerang features are now available to you from within Instagram 9.7 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Instagram for iOS also includes other enhancements, such as support for @mentions and links in Stories.

Instagram is testing live video broadcasts in its Stories feature

According to Russian news outlet Tjournal.ru a few days ago, the popular photo-sharing service Instagram is testing live video functionality in its recently-launched Stories feature which permits users to create slideshows from their photos that automatically disappear after 24 hours.

Facebook added live video to its mobile app in August 2015. Facebook Messenger gained the ability to share live video with contacts while chatting in September 2016.

Your Stories to begin appearing in Instagram’s Explore tab beginning today

After launching Snapchat-esque Stories two and a half months ago, Instagram today started promoting these auto-dissapearing slideshows within the app’s popular Explore tab.

Instagram’s been surfacing recommended Stories in the Explore tab for a subset of its users since August. Today, Recommended Stories in Explore has officially started rolling out to everyone.

“Starting today, you’ll begin to see Instagram Stories on Explore,” announced the Facebook-owned service in a blog post Tuesday.