Instagram is reportedly testing a new feature that comes with the ability to post Stories to WhatsApp. According to TechCrunch, the ephemeral picture sharing app will let you post your Instagram Stories directly to WhatsApp as a WhatsApp Status. Status is a feature similar to Instagram Stories, and allows you to decorate your photos, videos and GIFs that can then be posted.
Since all messages including pictures, videos and GIFs on the Facebook-owned messaging app are encrypted, the report confirms that Stories posted to the messaging app will also be encrypted.
When contacted to comment on the new feature being tested, a spokesperson for the ephemeral picture app said, per TechCrunch that: “We are always testing ways to improve the experience on Instagram and make it easier to share any moment with the people who matter to you.”
From what we understand, the feature is currently being tested with a small number of users.
As expected, only a handful of users are currently allowed to access the new feature being tested. Users will be allowed to tap and share to WhatsApp from the sharing screen of Instagram. However, they are still expected to press the “send” in WhatsApp to post the story.
Facebook has been adding and working on a lot of features lately. These features as we have come to see in the last couple of weeks, encourage some kind of interconnectivity with all of its other major apps—namely Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp.
You can now connect to Instagram from Messenger. This is available in the People tab where you can add your Instagram contacts to your list of friends that can be reached via the messaging app. If you are a new user, you also have the option of adding your Instagram contacts from the Messenger sign-up flow.
Instagram users can now access their profile through Facebook’s navigation menu on mobile that includes a link to their account. The new option appears right below the link to your personal profile in the Facebook app, and above your Facebook Page(s) being managed by you.
As soon as you click on the link, the Instagram app on your phone will be launched automatically, which takes you to the app’s main feed. This works the same way it would when launching the app from your home screen.
Still on Stories, Instagram last September announced that users will be able to post their stories on the web version. It makes things easy actually, and also means you will no longer be restricted to doing what you love the most on mobile.
The Facebook-owned photo-sharing app recently announced a new milestone; it now has 250 million daily active users. This is impressive considering the fact that the company recently announced that it had 200 million daily active users. The sheer number of people who daily visit and use the feature daily is simply phenomenal when you consider the fact that it’s only one-year-old.