Instagram rolls out Stories Archives and Highlights

Instagram has rolled out two new features that will allow your Stories to live on long past the 24-hour mark.

A new update will add Stories Highlights and Stories Archive to the app, to automatically save stories once they ‘expire’ and give users the option to resurrect them in a new section.

The change is designed to help you ‘hold on to your favourite moments,’ according to Instagram, and is available today for iOS and Android.

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Highlights will also appear in a new section. This feature will be situated just beneath your bio, according to Instagram. The app also now has an Archive section where your Stories will automatically be saved after 24 hours

Highlights will also appear in a new section. This feature will be situated just beneath your bio, according to Instagram. The app also now has an Archive section where your Stories will automatically be saved after 24 hours

HOW TO CREATE A NEW 'HIGHLIGHT' 

With the latest update, Stories Highlights will now appear under your bio.

These remain on your profile until you choose to remove them. 

To create one, tap the 'New' circle on the left side of your profile.

Then, you can choose from your archive, select a cover, and give it a name.

Highlights can be edited or removed at any time; to do this, tap and hold the highlight you with to edit.

After your Story has been live for 24 hours, it will be saved to the new Archive section, the firm says.

This will appear as a small clock icon at the top right corner of your profile.

By tapping the new icon, users can access both archived Stories and posts.

Just tap any story in the archive to watch it – or, add it to your story again, share it as a post, or add it to a highlight.

‘In your Stories Archive, your stories will appear in a grid with the most recent stories at the bottom,’ according to Instagram.

‘The first story from each day will show a date indicator to help you navigate your archive as you scroll.’

Highlights will also appear in a new section.

This feature will be situated just beneath your bio, according to Instagram.

Unlike a traditional Story, highlights will remain on your profile until you remove them.

A new update will add Stories Highlights and Stories Archive to the app, to automatically save stories once they ‘expire’ and give users the option to resurrect them in a new section

A new update will add Stories Highlights and Stories Archive to the app, to automatically save stories once they ‘expire’ and give users the option to resurrect them in a new section

‘To create a highlight, tap the “New” circle at the far left,’ the firm explains.

‘From there, you can choose any stories from your archive, select a cover for your highlight and give it a name.

‘Once you’re done, your highlight will appear as a circle on your profile that plays as a stand-alone story when someone taps it.’

Highlights can be edited or removed at any time; to do this, tap and hold the highlight you with to edit.

Last week, Instagram released another new update, which allows users to edit pictures that their friends send them through direct messaging.

Once a friend sends you a photo, you can send them a picture back and the picture they sent to you will be included with the photo you reply with. 

You can edit, re-size, move and add stickers to the pair of photos before sending them back. 

To use the new feature, you must receive a photo via a direct message from a friend.

Then, select the camera icon on the bottom right of that message to respond.

This will prompt you to take a photo, which will be included in the message along with the photo you received. 

Instagram is working on several other new features, and reportedly inviting people to test the beta version of its Android and iOS apps.

Once a friend sends you a photo, you can send them a photo back and the picture they sent to you will be included with the photo you reply with. You can edit, re-size, move and add stickers to the pair of photos before sending them back

Once a friend sends you a photo, you can send them a photo back and the picture they sent to you will be included with the photo you reply with. You can edit, re-size, move and add stickers to the pair of photos before sending them back

FEATURES INSTAGRAM IS TESTING 

Instagram is working on several new features, and reportedly inviting people to test the beta version of its Android app.

These features include: 

  • Regram button: This would allow user's to share each others' posts
  • GIFs:  The GIF feature would lets users search for and place GIFs in their stories and posts, sourcing the GIF's via Giphy. 
  • Favorite-friends: Earlier in the year, Instagram reportedly tested a favorite-friends which allows you to share content with a select group of friends.
  • Share to WhatsApp: Allows you to easily share posts or profiles to friends via WhatsApp.
  • 'Pin thread' option: Allow users to pin certain messages to the top of DM chats.
  • 'Top emoji' and 'top hashtags' quick search options.
  • Emoji shortcuts for certain words and phrases.

The firm is testing a regram button that would allow user's to share each others' posts, according to a screenshot obtained by The Next Web

Currently, when users want to share each someone's post, they have to either save the image and post it on via their own Instagram account, or use apps designed for this purpose, such as Regram. 

Video obtained by The Next Web also reveals that Instagram may be testing a GIF feature that lets users search for and place GIFs in their stories and posts, sourcing the GIF's via Giphy. 

And earlier in the year, Instagram reportedly tested a favorite-friends feature which allows you to share content with a select group of friends. 

Instagram recently released a new feature that lets you edit pictures friends send you via direct message

Instagram recently released a new feature that lets you edit pictures friends send you via direct message