O Instagram revealed several improvements throughout 2021. In addition to the option to publish photos and videos from the computer, the social network also approached Facebook Messenger and took the Lite version of the app for Android to Brazil. Check out the Instagram news that are already available or will be released in the future.
Publishing photos and videos from your computer
Instagram, finally, will allow the publication of photos and videos by computer. The news first showed up in May when developer Alessandro Paluzzi unveiled the first screenshots of the function. Afterwards, the social network made the feature official in mid-October.
At the time, the company also unveiled Instagram Collabs. The tool, which has been in testing since July, allows content creators to share the authorship of a publication. Thus, a photo or video can have the names of two users, instead of just one, and appear in both profiles simultaneously.
Voice to text conversion and story translation
Instagram has implemented some improvements to Stories. In May, the social network announced the automatic captioning function through a sticker to make content more accessible. The platform also gained an option to translate the ephemeral photos and videos into more than 90 languages in July.
Other changes are still being tested. This is the case of the change in the option “Friends Next”, to edit who can see each publication made on the platform, which has been in progress in Brazil since September. The social network is also working on a sticker for links and drafts of stories.
Changes to Instagram Reels and IGTV
The year has barely begun, and Instagram boss Adam Mosseri said Reels and IGTV still had a long way to go before reaching TikTok. Since then, some news have been brought to users. This is the case of Mix, which allows the use of 10 audio clips in a Reels video, presented in July.
There have also been other changes on both platforms. Also in July, the social network began to feature videos on profiles and disappeared with the IGTV button. Then, in October, the section that unites IGTV and feed videos was made official. In addition, the company began testing ads on Reels in April.
Instagram Lite no Brasil
Instagram Lite is an optimized version of the social network. Through it, it is possible to access the platform even on low-cost Android phones that have technical input. This year, the app was released to over 170 countries in March, and then to Brazilian users in April 2021.
But this isn’t the only news involving the app. In February, the Lite version started getting the option to show Reels, the social network’s video platform to compete with TikTok. At the time, however, users still did not have the option to publish new content.
Instagram got closer to other Facebook services this year. The social network’s direct messages, for example, were integrated with Facebook Messenger in April. In addition, the platform received new features, such as the option to respond to specific messages, send reactions with emojis, among others.
The following month, other news arrived. This is the case of polls in conversations and group chats with Facebook Messenger users. Instagram Direct also facilitated access to which contacts read your messages sent by the social network of photos and videos.
The controversial Instagram for kids
In March, an internal statement was made public. The report indicated that Instagram wanted to create a version of the platform aimed at children under 13 years old. But it didn’t take long and the social network began to be pressured to cancel the idea, until the project was suspended in September.
In the meantime, the social network still limited youth profiles to protect users. In addition to pre-set accounts for under-16s as “private” in July, the social network has restricted the search. In October, those responsible for the platform also announced new features for young people to “take a break” from the social network.
The live streaming tool received some improvements earlier this year. In March, the company announced the Live Rooms feature. Through it, it is possible to gather up to four people at the same time to make a live through the social network of photos and videos.
Clubhouse’s success has also resulted in other features for Instagram Live. In April, the platform was given the option to turn off video to create audio rooms. The social network also made available an option to control the microphone during a live broadcast.
Authentication via WhatsApp, hide likes and more
Instagram released other news this year. This is the case of the option to send the authentication code in two stages (2FA) via WhatsApp, which arrived on the platform in July. Users can also now choose whether to hide or show the number of likes.
In early October, the social network and other Facebook products were down for hours. After the incident, Instagram announced a warning to alert users when the service goes down. The company also facilitated access to information about moderation on the platform.
The social network also gained an option to restore posts, stories and other deleted content in February. In addition, the iPhone (iOS) app received a new menu to send photos as a post, story or DM. The list of news is complete with new options to block accounts, ads in the Store tab for sponsored products and the filter to hide messages with abusive content.
What’s to come?
The social network is still experimenting with other features. This is the case of navigation between stories vertically, such as TikTok. The platform is also working on an exclusive paid stories section in response to Twitter Super Follow. The release forecast for Stories enhancements, however, is still a mystery.
The social network’s search engine will also receive improvements. In August, the head of the social network, Adam Mosseri, announced that the “Explore” tab will also feature photos and videos when doing searches. But it remains to be seen when the feature will reach all users.