2016 has been Instagram’s most active year in terms of cool updates. Without a doubt, the outgoing year is the company’s most successful since it was acquired by Facebook in 2012. In only four years, the picture sharing app has evolved into one of the most successfully platforms for everyone to do a lot of things. Today, you can stream live videos, tell your Stories, and do even more. Not done with exciting its users, Instagram on Tuesday rolled out new updates that include stickers and hands-free video features in time for the yuletide.
Let’s start with the ability to add stickers to your video and photo stories. This update couldn’t have been announced at a better time—it’s the holiday season and stickers are perfect ways to say hello in more ways than one. Again, Instagram just couldn’t take its eyes off Snapchat because it was taken straight off the book of the app. Snapchat is Facebook’s biggest nightmare, and it’s actually not strange that Instagram continues to follow in the company’s footsteps.
The sticker is the smiley face one, and you can find the button next to the drawing tool. It’s now even easier to add context to your story with stickers regardless of where you are or what you are up to. Once you have taken a photo or video, new stickers button will appear next to the text and drawing tools. Tap the smiley face to find customizable stickers for weather, the current time, and your location. To add a location sticker to your photo or video, simply search for your location and choose from the list. People watching your story will be able to tap the sticker to learn more about the location. However, Instagram says your story won’t appear on the location page itself.
Want customized stickers? You can easily make stickers of your own by moving them around or make them bigger or smaller and choose from various styles to suit your mood.
Hands-free video option
Also on Tuesday, Instagram added a new ‘Hands-Free’ option in the format picker that lets you start recording a video with a single tap. This update means you can keep on with whatever you are doing while recording a video without the need to press and hold.
Today’s update also means you can now add as much text to your photo or video as you would love to. All you have to do is to keep tapping the text button to add more. You can choose between “left, center and right justified text,” Instagram said. A new slider now lets you adjust size easily with automatic text wrap.
The last update announced by Instagram on Tuesday is for all iOS users—you can now save your “entire story from the past 24 hours to your camera roll as a single video.”
All updates according to Instagram, are now available on for iOS in the Apple App Store and for Android in Google Play as part of version 10.3.