At long last, Instagram is adding much-needed Drafts to save unfinished posts for later

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 5, 2016

You cannot find it mentioned in release notes accompanying the most recent Instagram update which brought out a new Snapchat-like Stories feature, but either that or an earlier update has quietly added a much-needed Drafts feature to the popular mobile photography app.

Called by some fans the best feature that has happened to Instagram in quite a while, Drafts lets you save the photo you’re currently editing as a draft.

This is quite useful, if not essential, in case you just spent your time making detailed edits to a photo, but ultimately decided not to post it until later. Read More

 

Instagram is rolling out Stories—Snapchat-like auto-dissapearing slideshows

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 2, 2016

Snapchat has Stories and now Instagram announced a similar feature of its own, called—wait for it—Stories. Basically a slideshow format designed for sharing multiple photos and videos, Stories appear on user profiles and, similar to ephemeral messaging services, automatically disappear 24 hours after being posted on the service.

This cool new feature will be rolling out globally over the next few weeks on the mobile Instagram app for iOS and Android. Read More

 

Apple launches new iBooks account on Instagram, releases new Harry Potter book

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 1, 2016

Following launch of the widely popular and incredibly active Apple Support account on Twitter earlier this year, Apple has now created a brand new account on Instagram. Dedicated solely to iBooks, it shares book quotes, spotlights authors and reviews, promotes new arrivals and more. At the same time, the iPhone maker has now released the script for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” on the iBooks Store (also available from Amazon and other retailers). Read More

 

You’ll soon be able to filter individual comments on Instagram, even disable commenting

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 1, 2016

Instagram is working on some significant enhancements for the commenting feature found its mobile app, potentially giving users the ability to filter their own comment streams on the service or even disable commenting on all posts, according to The Washington Post. Instagram has been testing these features with some businesses, but soon everyone will be able to screen individual comments in their feed and decide for themselves if they might be better served by disabling commenting on their account altogether. Read More

 

Clearing your search history from the Instagram app

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 5, 2016

Instagram users who search for things frequently leave a trail behind that shows everything they’ve searched for, and to some who are used to hiding their tracks, this could be considered a privacy concern.

If you want to clear your search history from the Instagram app on your iPhone or iPod touch, then follow along as we take you through the simple steps to do so in this tutorial. Read More

 

Instagram is working on a text translation feature

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 23, 2016

Yesterday, Instagram took to its own photo-sharing service to announce that it’s working on a text translation for its mobile app. The new feature will begin rolling out in the coming month.

A Translation button will appear on feed stories and profile bios if they’re written in languages different from your own. Captions and comments on posts in your feed and the bio on your profile will be translated automatically based on the language they’re written in and the language settings of the person viewing it. Read More

 

Instagram now has 500 million monthly users

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 21, 2016

Facebook-owned Instagram today announced a major milestone as the service just passed 500 million monthly users, more than 80 percent of whom are living outside of the United States. The announcement came a little more than a month following Instagram’s major redesign of its mobile app. The only metric that matters is daily active users and Instagram said that out of the 500+ million monthly users, 300 million use the service every single day. Read More

 

Instagram’s new iOS extension finally lets you share without needing to launch the app

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 6, 2016

It’s hard to tell from release notes alone, which only mention bug fixes and performance improvements, but Instagram’s version 8.2 update that went live this morning on the App Store packs in a much improved Share sheet extension.

Long overdue, the new extension finally lets you upload photos and videos directly to the service, without needing to open the app at all. Read More

 

15 Instagram hacks, tips and tricks you should know about

By Sébastien Page on Jun 6, 2016

Over the years, I’ve learned or picked up a few Instagram hacks and tricks that I’m going to share with you. They aren’t life changing by any means, but they can be helpful, fun, or just make your Instagram usage more enjoyable. Chances are, you already know some of these tips, but I’m hoping you will still learn a thing or two along the way. Read More

 

Instagram’s new algorithm that rearranges your feed is now live

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 3, 2016

In mid-March 2016, Facebook-owned Instagram said it would soon tweak its algorithm to surface posts you care about at the top of your feed. Since then, the company has been testing the improved algorithm with a very small subset of its 400 million monthly active users. Starting today, this feature is available to all Instagram users without needing to update the mobile app, the company reported. Read More

 

Many third-party Instagram apps no longer working

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 2, 2016

Do you use a third-party app to browse Instagram feeds and hashtags more efficiently on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad?

If so, there’s a high likelihood that your app has now ceased functioning due to Instagram’s new and much stricter policy pertaining to the official API, which has gone into effect today, as first noted by MacRumors. Read More

 

Here’s how the new Instagram icon came to be

By Christian Zibreg on May 12, 2016

Instagram’s drastic revamp which said good-bye to skeuomorphism with an all-white monochromatic interface and a rainbow-colored icon—not only for the main app, but also for Layout, Boomerang and Hyperlapse—has expectedly polarized fans and watchers alike.

A lot of people took to blogs and social media to vent their frustration with the new art direction for the beloved app they obsessively check multiple times a day.

But after all is said and done, this may not necessarily be such a bad move for Instagram. So, how did the new Instagram icon came to be and what was the reasoning behind its redesign? Read More

 

Instagram revamps app with new icon and monochromatic interface

By Christian Zibreg on May 11, 2016

Facebook-owned Instagram today announced a major new version of its iPhone app with an overhauled user interface with bigger photos and an updated Home screen app icon.

“Inspired by the previous app icon, the new one represents a simpler camera and the rainbow lives on in gradient form,” explains the company. In addition, they’ve updated app icons for Layout, Boomerang and Hyperlapse, too.

Instagram is available free of charge on the App Store. Read More

 

Reposting Instagram photos and videos properly with Repost for iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on May 6, 2016

Reposting Instagram photos and videos is easier said than done. For starters, the mobile Instagram app lacks the option to natively repost someone else’s media so people usually screenshot Instagram photos to post as their own from iOS’s stock Photos app.

Not only does this requires cropping out unwanted UI elements from the image, but risks flagging your account if you forget to credit the original poster.

Fortunately, there are a number of applications available on the App Store that let you work around Instagram’s restrictions and repost someone else’s Instagram content while ensuring that credit goes where credit is due. Today, we take a look at one such app, Repost for Instagram by Red Cactus LLC. Read More

 

LogDog for iOS lets you monitor the security of your online accounts

By Anthony Bouchard on May 2, 2016

LogDog, a service originally made popular on the Android platform for keeping your various online accounts safe from unauthorized activity, is now launching for iOS.

With LogDog, you can actively monitor your online accounts and keep an eye on where the most recent logins came from, what operating system and web browser was used, and more.

If you’re always worried about your security, or even your privacy, this is an app you’ll want to check out. Read More

 

Get Instagram’s new flat UI redesign now with this jailbreak tweak

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 28, 2016

Earlier this week, we had shared with you what appears to be a redesign for the Instagram app for iPhone that may soon be rolled out to all users.

The new interface utilizes an iOS 9-esque flatter design with white UI elements and black button highlights.

However, if you’re jailbroken, then you don’t have to wait to unlock this new interface for yourself right now. There’s a new jailbreak tweak in Cydia called IGExperiments that will let you do this, and more. Read More

 

This is what your Instagram app might look like soon

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 27, 2016

Instagram’s reportedly been testing a fresh new design for its mobile application for iOS and Android, MacRumors discovered yesterday. If leaked screenshots are anything to go by, in adopting much of iOS’s aesthetics the overhauled app sports a simpler, monochromatic look providing a cleaner, flatter appearance.

It’s unknown when the new design will launch for everyone. For now, Instagram appears to be testing the forthcoming app refresh with a small subset of its massive user base. Read More

 

How to remove location from your Instagram photos

By Sébastien Page on Apr 22, 2016

Instagram, like many other apps, lets you tag your photos with the location of where they were taken. It’s a neat feature that can leave a trail of your whereabouts, and can also be used in the photo map of your profile to have a visual representation of where all your photos have been taken.

But sometimes, having your location out there can raise privacy concerns. I personally recently realized that a large number of my Instagram photos were showing on my photo map as being sent from my house. Although I had never manually geotagged these photos, a bug (or maybe more accurately, an “oversight”) in the Instagram app had pinned all my uploaded photos to the location where I uploaded them from (mostly from my house). This bug has been fixed since August of 2015, but still, all photos uploaded until then showed up on my photo map, even though I had never geotagged them to begin with.

Long story short, I really got a scary moment when I realized that any stalker could easily figure out the location of my house just by looking at my photo map. This led me to remove a lot of photos from my photo map, and made me realize that I should probably share this tip and make sure you also do a privacy check of your Instagram uploads.

In this post, I will show you how to delete the location from individual photos you have previously geotagged. I will also show you how to remove location data from photos appearing in your photo map. Read More

 

Instagram updates Explore feature with video channels

By Cody Lee on Apr 14, 2016

Instagram announced on Thursday that it’s going to be rolling out a new look for Explore featuring video channels. The Facebook-owned social network says that it hopes the move will make it easier for users to discover video content they’ll enjoy.

Starting today, iOS and Android users will begin seeing a personalized channel in the Explore tab of the Instagram app called “Videos you Might Like.” The channel will feature videos collected from across the world in a seamless viewing experience. Read More

 

Instagram update brings the ability to combine several clips into one video

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 11, 2016

Instagram today issue a small yet important update to its iPhone and iPod touch application in the App Store. Bumped to version 7.2, Instagram now allows you to combine several clips into one continuous video before it’s posted on the service.

You can add multiple videos from your Camera roll and reorder them in the video timeline view, or record several clips using Instagram’s camera, which now lets you pause and resume recording. Read More