Instagram Testing Tap-to-Advance Instead of Scrolling Through Posts

Instagram is testing a new way of navigating through posts – by tapping through them, just like users tap through Stories.

The new navigation system sees users tapping the sides of the screen instead of scrolling up and down with their finger to advance forwards and backwards between posts, which can get tiring after a while.



It also means users always see media full-screen rather than having to adjust the view with a finger scroll to see the entire post. It's a navigation method that was first used by Snapchat, a platform Instagram isn't shy of taking cues from.

Instagram confirmed to TechCrunch that it is testing tap-to-advance in the Explore tab with a small number of users, who were presented with a pop-up in the app explaining the change.

As for whether the system could be adopted for the main feed, a spokesperson for Instagram said that wasn't something it was actively thinking about at the moment.



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5 days ago at 02:14 am
Meh. What would go over way better with users is making the feed chronological again.
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5 days ago at 05:39 am
Sooo instead of thumb fatigue... You get tap fatigue. Now if only they come up with something for ad fatigue.
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5 days ago at 03:41 am
It also means that along with real posts always taking up the full screen, adverts will also take up the full screen and wont be able to just be quickly flicked past when you work out that they are placed every 5 posts.
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5 days ago at 01:45 am
Can't they make the full post stick 'magnetically'?
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5 days ago at 05:32 am
As a photographer, I engage with a lot of people on IG - it's the perfect platform for photographers. I never watch the IG TV and only rarely the stories (and then only select accounts). I miss the days where my IG feed was just a collection of lovely photos and inspiration.
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5 days ago at 12:26 pm
OMG Twitter allows more characters .... Instagram allows tap to advance! OMG

The technology is astounding. The Human factors advances are groundbreaking. Really? this is news that anyone cares about?
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5 days ago at 04:18 am

No doubt so they can shove more ads in your face like they do with stories.


You should see the amount of ads and horrific clickbait in Snapchat! :eek::confused:
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5 days ago at 05:30 am
I’m sorry, but if you are on Instagram for long enough periods that you are experiencing “thumb fatigue” you really need to evaluate what you are doing with your life.

Regardless, this has less to do about saving the poor thumbs of those who would rather live vicariously through influencers; and more to do with forced advertisements from Facebook.
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5 days ago at 02:41 am

Can't they make the full post stick 'magnetically'?


I’ve thought this. Can’t remember what the app was that I used with it.

This way however means the can insert a nice full screen or half screen ad ever 20 “page turns”.
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