Instagram update lets you respond to Stories with photos and videos

With the latest Instagram update, you can reply to your friends’ Stories with photos and videos of your own. Simply tap the camera icon at the bottom.

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Just yesterday, Snapchat announced an update which brought three new features that could help the image messaging app distinguish itself from the myriad of wanna-be-Snapchat apps out there – including Instagram. Well, today, Instagram gets an update of its own, which allows you to reply to other Instagram users’ Stories with a photo or a video in addition to a text message.

Now, when you open someone’s Story, you will see a camera button in the left corner of the screen. Once you tap it, it’ll take you to your camera screen with a thumbnail of the Story that you are replying to. There you take a picture, record a video, or create a Boomerang, add filters, emoji, and texts, and even resize the thumbnail of the original Story before sending it as a reply.

Instagram Stories has been a controversial feature from the beginning, with many pointing out its blatant similarities to Snapchat Stories. However, since its launch almost a year ago, Instagram Stories has garnered more than 250 million daily users, surpassing the popularity of the original – Snapchat.

The Instagram update has already started rolling out, so head to the Play Store to make sure you have the latest version:

Recent updates

Instagram steps up its fight against scam and offensive comments

June 29, 2017: With the latest update, offensive comments on Instagram will be blocked by default. You can still report individual comments and profiles, of course, and if for whatever odd reason you want to disable this feature, you can do so in the app’s settings. The new update also addresses spam, another huge issue in the Instagram community. These filters will work in many different languages and will use machine learning to improve over time. The hope is that the automatic blocking will create a safer and a more inclusive space for all Instagram users.

Instagram lets you share replays of Instagram Stories live videos

June 20, 2017: The update adds a “Share” selection at the bottom of the screen after your live video has ended, so you can add the replay to Instagram Stories for 24 hours. Alternatively, you can delete the live video by tapping the toggle, and then choosing “Discard”. When you watch your own video replay back, you will see the number of users who watched it live, and afterwards via replay.

Instagram adds Archive feature

June 13, 2017: Instagram has rolled out its new Archive addition worldwide. It’s been designed to help users keep any posts they have shared in a space that’s only meant to be seen by that person. If you want to start archiving your shared posts, all you have to do is tap “…” at the top of the post you want to save and then and choose “Archive.” Users will be able to see that saved post when they tap on the Archive icon, which is located in the top right corner of the Instagram profile. You will also be able to see any previous likes and comments on that post.

Instagram Direct adds support for links, along with landscape and portrait orentation

May 25, 2017: The Instagram Direct feature now allows users to share images in both landscape and portrait orientation along with the ability to share links.

Instagram Stories can now be searched by location, hashtag search coming soon

May 23, 2017: Instagram is adding yet another way to search for content on the social network. The latest update to the app allows users to search inside Instagram Stories via location, and soon will also add searching in Stories via hashtags.

Face filters

May 17, 2017: Instagram has added another Snapchat-like feature, as users can now put in a number of animated images over their photos and videos. In addition, users can now put videos in reverse. There’s also a new eraser brush in the drawing tools.

Web uploads

May 8, 2017: Instagram has beefed up its mobile website with the ability to upload photos, and a lightweight version of the Explore tab. Previously, users were only able to like posts, follow users, search, and see notifications from the mobile site. Now users can not only upload media to the social network, they can also access a stripped down version of the Explore tab.

Instagram says the web experience is optimized for phones, and designed to help users on slower data connections access the social network. Think of this as a “lite” version of Instagram. Video uploading via the mobile web still isn’t supported, however, nor is posting photos or videos from the desktop site.

Offline mode coming soon

April 19: Instagram announced that it is launching an offline mode to help improve the experience for those with limited internet access. Offline users will be able to “Like” posts, leave comments, save media and unfollow people, all of which will be processed once the user reconnects to the internet. They will also be able to view content previously loaded in their Instagram feed, profiles they’ve previously visited, older versions of their own profile and the Explore tab.

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