Instagram has been rolling out a lot of new updates and features over the past month. Two of our favorites are the new feed options and the Reels Remix.
Instagram has introduced two new chronological feed options – Following and Favorites – allowing you to choose how you want to view your feed. Following will only show you posts from people you follow while Favorites will only show you posts from accounts you have chosen, like your best friends, family, favorite creators, etc. You can Favorite up to 50 accounts, and these can be changed as much and as often as you would like. The Home feed is the previous Instagram algorithm that will show you posts you may like based on your like and comment history, as well as showing them non-chronologically. To switch between feeds, tap on the Instagram logo in the top left corner of the home page and select which feed you would like to see.
Remix is similar to TikTok’s Duet feature where you can record a video in response to an existing Reel. You can Remix any Reel, as long as the original creator has enabled Remixing on their content. This feature is excellent for blind reactions to content, dance collaborations, and participating in challenges.
Other new features to look out for:
- Creating Reels from Story Highlights
- Adding Sound Effects in Reels
- Private Story Likes
- New “Your Activity” Feature
- Updated Poll Sticker
- New “Scheduled” Sticker
An important thing to note: When Instagram is rolling out updates, especially multiple different ones, the app can experience glitches more frequently than normal. Always be sure that you have the latest version downloaded on your device and report any issues you experience to Instagram.
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