Instagram, one of the most popular social media app for sharing photos and daily stories has got a new update today which brings few new features like Video chat in Instagram direct, new explore section, and new camera effects for stories. These updates are rolling out from today for Android and iOS and everyone should be getting this update within a couple of days.
You can now video chat in Instagram Direct, it works either with just one person or a group. Video chat gives the experience of real-time video in a private space. To start a video chat, swipe into your Direct inbox and open any message thread. Tap the new camera icon in the right corner, and the video chat will ring your friends’ phones so they don’t miss it. While on the video chat, you can minimize the video and multitask on Instagram, sending messages and photos in Direct, browsing your feed, posting a story and more.Video chat is also perfect for groups, You can video chat with up to four people at a time, and the video will expand as more friends join. If there’s an active video chat in a group thread, the camera icon will turn blue. You can have a video call as long as you want when you’re ready to leave the video chat, tap the red phone icon at the bottom. You can video chat with anyone you have an active Direct thread with. If you block a person, they will no longer be able to video chat you. You can also mute a person if you don’t want to receive notifications from them.
New Explore Section
Topic channels on Explore give you new ways to discover your interests on Instagram. Over 200 million people visit Explore every day to discover new ideas and find inspiration. Instagram has now made it even easier to browse through posts you want to see and accounts you want to follow. With topic channels, you can be more specific about how you navigate posts on Explore. When you open the page, you’ll see a tray at the top with personalized channels. This includes a ‘For You’ channel, which has a mix of posts tailored to your interests. You’ll also see channels on topics you might like such as Art, Sports, Beauty or Fashion as well as a list of hashtags, giving you more ways to explore your interests. You can browse through a variety of interests by swiping from a grid to grid, or you can go deep into a specific interest by tapping on a channel and scrolling up. If you’d like to remove a topic channel, press and hold the channel and select ‘Mute’ from the menu. This sends the channel to the end of the tray, giving you the option to unmute it at any time.
New Camera Effects
Finally, Instagram has added the first batch of new camera effects designed by Ariana Grande, Buzzfeed, Liza Koshy, Baby Ariel and NBA in the Instagram camera. Now you now have more ways to express yourself and feel closer to your favorite accounts. You’ll see a new effect in your Instagram camera if you follow any of these accounts just tap the face icon at the bottom right corner. If you aren’t a follower but you see an effect that you love, you can tap to try it on and add it to your camera.
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