Top Instagram Updates & Features in February

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In this post, we’re going to take a look at all of the Instagram updates that happened in February, so let’s get started!

Professional Dashboard.

The Instagram Professional Dashboard is a single destination to help track your performance and access professional tools. It consists of three key features:

  • Track your performance: this tool helps you discover insights and trends based on your performance.
  • Grow your business: gain access to tools to run your account more efficiently, build your business and check monetization status and eligibility.
  • Stay informed: a collection of curated educational resources including tips, tricks, guidance and inspiration to grow your presence.

This feature is available to all Business and Creator accounts.

Photo Booth feature.

This February, Instagram have already released Photobooth feature, a new Story Camera mode that takes four pictures (one per three seconds) and stitch them together into a stop-motion story.

Also, users can also add effects provided by Instagram to the photo slideshow video.

The Photo Booth camera mode is available to all users.

How to use Instagram Photo Booth:

  • open Instagram app;
  • tap Story feature button;
  • find and tap on the ‘Photobooth’ option from the Instagram Story feature list;
  • next, tap on the record video button;
  • after a moment, a countdown timer will appear on the screen. At this point, you can get ready to point the camera to take three photo;
  • after finishing the shooting stage, tap the Photobooth feature button again, which is located at the top of the video previews to add video effects provided by Instagram;
  • tap one of six video effects, that you want to add to your Instagram Photobooth video, then tap the “Done” option in the upper right corner of the screen;
  • finally, you can immediately share the Photobooth video as your Instagram Story. For more details, see the following video tutorial.

In-testing this month: Vertical Stories Feed.

This month Instagram has confirmed it is working on a new vertical Stories feed, giving its app more of a TikTok feel. Vertical scrolling feels a lot more natural than taps and horizontal swipes for a format like Stories. The new feature would make it easier for users to swipe stories vertically instead of swiping left and right. Also, in a “Vertical Stories” feed, Instagram would likely prioritize video posts over images to better compete with TikTok. In case, the content that goes up in Reels and Stories separately will be unified once the feature is made available to the public.

As always, stay tuned – we’ll let you know about all the upcoming changes as they’re rolling out!

What do you think will impact you most, and what do you want to see next? Share your thoughts and questions in the comments below!

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