TNW had earlier reported that Instagram was testing a new feature that would allow you to archive photos on your profile instead of getting rid of it permanently. Now, the new feature has gone live for all Instagram users.
According to Instagram, archive lets you move posts previously shared by you into a space only visible to you. The entire objective of adding this feature is to help you preserve your “moments that matter.”
“Your profile is a representation of who you are and evolves with you over time. With Archive, you now have more flexibility to shape your profile while still preserving moments that matter,” Instagram wrote in a blog post.
How to use the new Archive feature: Simply tap “…” at the top of the post you have already shared, and choose “Archive.” According to the company, you will still be able to see it when you tap the Archive icon in the top right corner of your profile. What this means is that you will always be able to revisit the posts and see previous likes and comments posted by your friends and followers. You can also tap the “Show on Profile” at any if you have a change of mind about a previously archived post.
While the update may be described as a minor one, it is one that gives you the chance to get rid of those embarrassing posts you no longer want the world to see on the internet.
The new Archive feature and other minor fixes are part of Instagram version 10.21 and above for both iOS Android.
Last month, Instagram announced a few changes to its Direct messaging feature. You can now send links directly in the app—a game changer, considering the fact that such was not the case before the update. Also, the company added automatic links to phone numbers and addresses to send through Direct.
Two new features were also added to Direct—landscape and portrait orientations. All these minor additions now make Direct more useful and exciting to every Instagram user. Your pictures will now up properly in the precise dimensions you intended them to be. No more cropping of pictures, which sometimes mess up your real intentions.
While the iOS version of both landscape and portrait are now available for everyone, Android users may have to wait a bit to start using the features in Direct. However, links in Direct messages are now available on both iOS and Android as part of version 10.22 of Instagram.
Facebook-owned Instagram is always busy updating and adding new features to make its app more appealing to users. In the last couple of months in particular, the company has invested a lot in redesigning and making features like Stories more popular.
Stories, a feature Instagram copied from Snapchat last August, now has more than 200 million daily users; an achievement worth celebrating. Instagram has not only copied Stories from Snapchat, it has succeeded in reinventing the feature; attracting millions of people daily.