Instagram updates: Improved autoplay behaviour and direct message photos reflecting mood

Social media website Instagram has introduced a number of updates to make the platform more user-friendly and interactive.

Instagram brings new updates. Instagram.

Instagram brings new updates. Instagram.

The first update introduced by the company is an update to its autoplay function which is annoying especially when one is in a quite place. According to a report by TechCrunch, videos will not autoplay the audio while scrolling when the user signs into the app. By default, the sound button will be mute.

If the user unmutes one video to listen to the audio of that video, then that button will work as a universal toggle for all the videos in the Instagram feed and users will listen to the audio of all the videos while scrolling. Muting one video back will mute all the videos in the feed. One thing to note here is that behaviour is limited to a particular Instagram session and it reverts back to default as soon as you get out of the app.

The second update of the photosharing app has more to do with making disappearing photos. This feature can make sending direct photo messages more interesting. The idea behind it is to send one's mood. However, this is only applicable for sending private messages and photographs.

Once the user is in the Direct Messages section, they can select the friend they want to send the message to. Then, before clicking the camera button, write the mood on the text bar available. Then click the camera button. On opening this, other than the background or themselves, depending on the camera mode, the user sees the text.

On the bottom left-hand corner appears the colour icon. On choosing the colour of the mood, the user has to long press on it. Then, a vertical line appears where he or she can change the shade of the colour before sending the message.

The feature is currently available to Android and is yet to come on iOS. However, Instagram confirmed that this feature will make its way to the iOS version in the near future. This comes days after Instagram introduced a  much-needed update to its app in the form of threaded comments. The user can now respond to individual comments and keep a track of the conversations.


Published Date: Sep 17, 2017 02:01 pm | Updated Date: Sep 17, 2017 02:01 pm