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How to Disable Instagram Feed Suggestions

Tuesday August 2, 2022 10:42 am PDT by
With TikTok in continual ascendency in the social media space, Instagram has recently put itself on a war footing in order to retain its dominance. However, the Meta-owned network has come under criticism with some of the design and algorithm changes it has tested on the platform, and one of the things that users have voiced displeasure about most is the number of recommendations that appear in...

How to Delete Your Instagram Account

Friday July 1, 2022 12:17 pm PDT by
Instagram now allows you to delete your account from directly within the Instagram app. This article shows you how it's done. To comply with Apple's updated App Store guidelines, Instagram in June 2022 added an option in its app for users to delete their account on the service. Previously it was only possible to delete your Instagram account by logging into a web browser on a desktop...

How to Hide Your Instagram Online Status

Wednesday January 12, 2022 9:43 am PST by
Most social media networks and chat platforms these days include a feature that shows when a user was last online or last active on the service, which can be either helpful or a hindrance, depending on your personal or business situation. WhatsApp includes an optional "Last Seen" status for the person you're chatting with in a conversation thread, while Instagram tells you how long it was...

How to Hide Like and View Counts on Instagram Posts

Wednesday May 26, 2021 8:05 am PDT by
Instagram has added new options on the platform that allow users to hide the number of like and view counts of other people's posts, as well as the same counts on their own posts. The new options have been introduced to "depressurize people's experience" on the platform, the Facebook-owned social media company said. Instagram has been testing out the options in several countries since 2019,...

iOS 14 Green and Orange Dots: What Do They Mean?

Tuesday September 8, 2020 1:58 pm PDT by
Digital privacy is a perennial hot topic these days, and Apple is regarded as being at the forefront of security when it comes to smartphone and tablet operating systems. For example, for an app to access your iPhone or iPad's camera, camera and microphone access must be enabled for the app in question in the Settings app. Social media apps will often ask you for access to your device's...

How to Group Video Chat With Up to 50 Instagram Users

Friday May 22, 2020 2:10 am PDT by
Instagram has been updated to allow users to create group video chats with up to 50 people on the social platform, thanks to an integration with Facebook's recently announced Messenger Rooms feature. Facebook unveiled Messenger Rooms as an alternative to Zoom and Group FaceTime last month, releasing it to a small trial group of users. Facebook said part of its plan was to extend the capability ...

How to Secure Your Instagram Account With Two-Factor Authentication

Wednesday October 10, 2018 5:00 am PDT by
With social media account hacking becoming increasingly more widespread, users would do well to make sure they're taking every security measure available to them. That goes doubly for frequenters of Facebook-owned Instagram, where account hijacking in particular is a recurring problem. One of the best ways to protect any online account is by using two-factor authentication (2FA). 2FA offers...

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Instagram Website Gets Revamped Design

Tuesday November 8, 2022 1:59 pm PST by
Instagram chief Adam Mosseri today announced several new features that are coming to the social network, including an overhauled website. Instagram is debuting a new Instagram.com design, as many users take advantage of Instagram on the web for multitasking purposes. The updated design is described as cleaner, faster, and easier to use, with a layout that has been designed to take advantage...
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Some Instagram Users Report Problems Accessing Accounts

Monday October 31, 2022 8:16 am PDT by
Instagram is currently experiencing an outage in some parts of the world, according to user reports on Twitter and Downdetector. As a result of the outage, some users are reporting that their accounts are being locked and/or suspended for "violations" and some have reported a sudden decrease in follower count. In a tweet, Instagram said it's aware of the problems and is working to fix them. ...
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Analysis Suggests Instagram Tracks User Web Activity Through In-App Browser

Wednesday August 10, 2022 12:58 pm PDT by
A new analysis of the Instagram app has suggested that every time a user clicks a link within the app, Instagram is capable of monitoring all of their interactions, text selections, and even text input, such as passwords and private credit card details within websites inside the app. The analysis conducted by Felix Krause found that both Instagram and Facebook on iOS use their own in-app...
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Instagram CEO Defends Shift to Video Content, Says Photo Support Will Continue

Tuesday July 26, 2022 11:45 am PDT by
Instagram parent company Meta has been pushing the social media app further into video content in order to compete with TikTok, but many Instagram users have been unhappy with the continued focus on video. Celebrities have spoken out against the change, and a petition to "Make Instagram Instagram Again" has garnered more than 1.7 million likes, leading Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri to share a...
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Instagram Adds Option to Delete Account in iOS App to Comply With App Store Rules

Thursday June 30, 2022 11:01 am PDT by
Instagram this week implemented support for a new option that allows an Instagram account to be deleted directly within the Instagram app. Instagram is now in compliance with an updated App Store Guideline that requires all apps that offer account creation to also offer account deletion. Apple told developers that apps offering account creation must also support account deletion starting on...
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Some Users Experiencing Issues With Instagram

Thursday May 26, 2022 11:47 am PDT by
There appear to be ongoing issues with Instagram, based on a number of complaints from Instagram users who are unable to use the social network as normal. Some users have been logged out of the app and are not able to access it at all, while others are seeing blank image posts or are having issues loading images. Still others are seeing older images in the timeline that were originally...
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Instagram Reintroduces Chronological Feed Option

Wednesday March 23, 2022 11:14 am PDT by
Instagram today rolled out new Following and Favorites feed options, allowing users to sort their feeds to see content posted chronologically from the people they follow or content just from their favorite people. The new Following option is a traditional chronological feed, and it displays the latest posts from the accounts that each Instagram user follows in reverse chronological order....
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Instagram Head Says iPad App Is Low Priority Because Not Enough People Want It

Monday February 28, 2022 1:45 am PST by
The head of Instagram has commented on Twitter about the lack of an iPad app for Instagram, saying that while the social media platform is asked about an ‌iPad‌ app a lot, there is still not enough demand to warrant one. In a Twitter exchange with YouTuber Marques Brownlee, Adam Mosseri, who runs Instagram, said his company gets asked about an ‌iPad‌ app a lot, but it's "still just not a...
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Instagram Limits Users' Ability to Limit How Much Time They Spend in the App

Tuesday February 22, 2022 2:52 am PST by
Instagram has quietly removed the ability for its users to limit their daily usage of the app to less than 30 minutes, reports TechCrunch. In 2018, Instagram introduced options in the app to set a daily time limit, with a reminder to be sent when that time limit is reached – useful for those who want to cut down on their social media usage. Originally, users were able to select a time...
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Instagram Testing Subscriptions That Let Users Pay for Content From Creators

Wednesday January 19, 2022 10:59 am PST by
Instagram today began rolling out subscription options that are designed to allow Instagram users to pay for exclusive Instagram Live videos and Stories from their preferred creators. As noted by TechCrunch, Instagram is testing the subscription feature with a selection of 10 U.S. creators, each of whom can choose their subscription price. Subscription pricing ranges from $0.99 per month to...
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Instagram Now Testing Chronological Feed

Wednesday January 5, 2022 12:01 pm PST by
Back in December, Instagram lead Adam Mosseri said that Instagram was planning to reintroduce a chronological feed, and now Instagram is officially testing chronological feed options. Going forward, there will be three different Instagram feed options available. The "Home" feed will be the Instagram experience that's available today, with Instagram suggesting content that it thinks that...
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Instagram Reintroducing Chronological Feed Option in 2022

Wednesday December 8, 2021 2:29 pm PST by
Instagram is planning to reintroduce a version a chronological feed option in 2022, Instagram head Adam Mosseri said today in a Senate panel on teen safety (via Engadget). "We're currently working on a version of a chronological feed that we hope to launch next year," Mosseri said, explaining that Instagram believes in giving people more control over how they view content. Such a feature...
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Facebook Delays Plans to Use End-to-End Encryption As Default for Messenger and Instagram Messages Until at Least 2023

Monday November 22, 2021 6:32 am PST by
Facebook, now rebranded to "Meta," is delaying plans to use end-to-end encryption for Messenger and Instagram messages until at least 2023, a year later than the previous deadline promised by the social media behemoth. Writing in The Telegraph, Meta's head of global safety, Antigone Davis, said that the company is pushing back its deadline to roll out end-to-end encryption as the default...
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Instagram Preparing to Launch Subscriptions to Let Users Pay for 'Exclusive Content' From Creators

Tuesday November 9, 2021 2:29 am PST by
Instagram is preparing to launch in-app subscriptions, allowing users to pay for exclusive content from their favorite creators as the platform looks to move away from conventional ads for monetization, recent App Store listings have suggested. In May of this year, Instagram head Adam Mosseri said in an interview with The Information that the platform was exploring the idea of subscriptions, ...
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Instagram Now Allows Users to Post From Desktop

Tuesday October 19, 2021 11:09 am PDT by
Instagram still doesn't offer an app for the iPad, but the social networking company has expanded how users can upload content to the site, allowing for pictures to be posted from the desktop. According to TechCrunch, Instagram is rolling out desktop posting support this week after testing the feature with a limited number of users over the summer. Sharing a photo or a video under one...
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Instagram to Require Users to Provide Their Date of Birth

Monday August 30, 2021 11:53 am PDT by
Instagram today said that it is now requiring all Instagram users to share their date of birth to "create safer, more private experiences for young people." Instagram users who have not already provided their birthday to Instagram will be prompted to share it. Instagram plans to ask for date of birth when the app is opened up, and will provide notifications asking for the information a...
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Instagram to Begin Defaulting Accounts for New Users Under the Age of 16 to Private

Tuesday July 27, 2021 7:41 am PDT by
Instagram will now automatically default the accounts of users on its platform under the age of 16 to "private" during initial account set-up, meaning only followers that a user accepts and approves of will be able to see their photos, videos, and posts, the company announced today. Instagram has been on a recent push to make its platform safer and more secure for younger users, which make...
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Instagram Stories Gains Built-In Text Translation Feature

Wednesday July 21, 2021 10:46 am PDT by
Instagram today updated its Instagram Stories feature with a new translate option that is designed to automatically translate text in a Story. Instagram Stories are Instagram's ephemeral content posting option, with each Story vanishing after 24 hours. Automatic translation is able to translate text into more than 90 languages, but there is no audio translation option. In any Story that...
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Instagram Plans to Take on TikTok With Full-Screen Video Content

Thursday July 1, 2021 3:48 am PDT by
Instagram will start hosting full-screen videos as part of a major shakeup of the social platform, as the Facebook-owned company seeks to make itself more relevant in an era dominated by TikTok and YouTube. That's the major take-home from a video shared on Wednesday by Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram. In the video posted to his Instagram and Twitter account, Mosseri said that the social...
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Desktop Instagram Posting Currently Being Tested, Confirms Facebook

Friday June 25, 2021 1:40 am PDT by
Facebook has confirmed rumors that it is testing the ability for Instagram users to post to the picture-based social media platform using a web browser on a desktop computer. With its focus on sharing photos taken with a smartphone camera, Facebook-owned Instagram has long been a mobile-centric social network that lacks many of its basic features in its web browser incarnation, including the ...