Instagram update news: all the latest features detailed

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Instagram exploded out of the gate, gaining over 100 million users in two years, and now claims to serve more than 400 million. Instagram updates have expanded the app's tool set dramatically over the years, and it's now quite a powerful image editing tool. Make sure you don't miss any new additions with our guide to Instagram updates.

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Instagram implements 'save as draft' functionality - September 12, 2016

There has been a frustration with Instagram since it was first introduced: posts could not be saved as drafts. Thankfully, as of the latest update, it's a frustration which won't be felt again. 

Instagram announced via Twitter that a 'save draft' feature was coming in the latest update, telling its followers that they no longer need worry about returning to a post they started previously.  

Best of all, the integration is simple: once you've edited, tagged or changed an image in some way, just hit the return key and you will be asked if you want to save the post as a draft. That's one less thing for us all to worry about, right?

Instagram releases update for better comment moderation - September 12, 2016

A new update to the Instagram app allows users to take greater control over comment moderation on the social platform. The update includes a customizable filter that helps users reduce spam, trolling or other negative content. This makes it easier for businesses and publishers to keep their communities clean. 

Instagram's release notes include details on the comments tool in the Options menu that allows users to filter comments on posts that contain words the account owner considers offensive or inappropriate. There is also an update to Instagram Stories, whereby you can now add color to your text. To do this, swipe the colors above the keyboard to see more, or tap and hold a circle to choose a custom color. Simple as that. 

Instagram introduces new icon and app design - April 11, 2016

In a move away from the outdated skeuomorphic icon that has held sway on home screens for years, Instagram has overhauled its design, introducing a new icon based on a simple vector backed with an iOS-inspired psychedelic gradient. The icon will obviously stand out boldly on stock Android. Several icons presented in the video introducing the overhaul used Material Design styling, but these were ultimately discarded in favor of the more colorful alternative.

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The new Instagram logo. / © Instagram

Elsewhere, the app remains essentially the same, but color and noise has been drained from the interface in an effort to place more focus on users' content.

Read more about the design process here.

Instagram announces interest-based feed optimizations - March 15, 2016

It turns out that Instagram is aware that you follow too many people and don't care about most of the things they share. In a blog post, the company stated that "you may be surprised to learn that people miss on average 70 percent of their feeds." You probably won't be that surprised if you follow 300 people and check the app twice a day, but, anyway, to combat this, it's introducing a feature that will optimize your feed based on your relationship with the person and the timeliness of the post.

Instagram is aware that the feature may not operate smoothly to begin with, saying that it's "going to take time to get this right", but you can expect to "see this new experience in the coming months."

Instagram 7.15 adds support for multiple accounts - February 8, 2016

The feature popped up on a number of devices several months ago, but now Instagram is officially rolling out support for multiple accounts to its iOS and Android apps. 

Go to your profile settings, and at the bottom, there should be an Add Account option. Once you've added a second account, you can switch between them by pressing on the username you want at the top of your profile page.

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How to install the latest update manually

Sometimes updates spoken about here can be slow to rollout to all users. You may not see new features for weeks after they're first said to have been released. Luckily, it's easy to update Instagram yourself. 

The first thing you need to do is to head to Settings > Lock screen and security and ensure that the Uknown sources toggle is swiped to the right (so it's green). 

Now, on your device, open a browser and go to the APK Mirror Instagram page. Download the latest APK and, once it's downloaded, just press on the file to install it. Done.

What do you think of the latest features? Is there anything you'd like to see Instagram bring in with the next update? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Stuart Sen Mar 29, 2017 Link to comment

    Instagram is a social app which is downloaded by millions of people and being used in millions of android devices. You can access the features of it by using Xmodgmaes App.

  • Josh Greschner Sep 15, 2016 Link to comment

    Noticed they took away the super fun photo map *__* Any news if you can turn it back on, or does anyone know if it is dead for good?

    • Paolo Sep 16, 2016 Link to comment

      They killed it completely. They had to because something something something too few users something something something, so they can work on content "moderation."

  • lianne john Sep 13, 2016 Link to comment

    That's quite a journey!

  • Lalit
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    May 13, 2016 Link to comment

    Well to be very honest over here I seriously don't like the logo they have designed. It's looks to fancy and flashy !

  • Kathy Sullivan APRN May 4, 2016 Link to comment

    How are you able to make your photos larger in Instagram? I noticed my daughter's Instagram has three different size photos.

    • skyrail Sep 14, 2016 Link to comment

      Instagram provides you square or fullsize picture when starting the publication process.

  • Martin Mar 16, 2016 Link to comment

    I hate to see that posts are not ordered chronologically, that's why I dont use fb and twitter often

    • Dean L. Mar 16, 2016 Link to comment

      Concur. Twitter used to be better cause you could always scroll back when the feed was chronological, but now it's a jumbled mess. Just my opinion. But then what do you expect from silicon Valley, if there's no change then you're considered stagnant.

  • Xakarier Bashyr Feb 12, 2016 Link to comment

    Go to you'll see the update

  • Dean L. Feb 10, 2016 Link to comment

    I just checked and I have the update. All I can say is this is great and about time. Now I have to think about what types of pics I want to have on a separate account and see how it works for posting, like can I post to multiple accounts at the same time or only one at a time. Yay! 😆

    • Dean L. Mar 16, 2016 Link to comment

      Well yeah, I have decided not to create a separate account since there was a lot of chatter about it not working so well. And now we're faced with losing the chronological time line. Sigh. Great.

  • Mohammad H. S. Dec 9, 2015 Link to comment

    I don't have the update yet :/

  • Jennifer Peters Dec 9, 2015 Link to comment

    BEWARE of INSTAGRAM! Not something your kids should download.
    This app has no privacy controls. Young kids are posting innocent photos that anyone in the Instagram community can "like" and then total strangers' photos, profanity, and sexually explicit images can show up on your kids iPod! BEWARE!!!

    • Kim Clayden Feb 9, 2016 Link to comment

      Actually, you can set your account to private by going to your profile tab, tapping the 'three dots' menu tab, and flicking the switch for Private Account (under the header 'Account'). Then no one can see your (or your kids') images without your approval.

      • skyrail Sep 14, 2016 Link to comment

        I started with a public profile the went to private because of dirty spammers on my pics I cound'nt handle the way I want.
        I wish there is a way to delete comments from spammers on my pics.
        While waiting for such feature, I have no choice other than stay in private.

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