Instagram updates its Stories feature, copying Snapchat again

Instagram just added new ways to use its Stories feature

Many people use Instagram more so now to showcase themselves and their personality, artwork, day-to-day activities, and more, so it's no surprise that Instagram would like to catch up so we can hold onto those memories for more than just 24 hours. One example of this from Instagram is a user can show off the start of their season playing soccer, adding new Stories to their Highlight along the way, all the way up to the end of the season so they can show off the most noteworthy moments from start to finish. Insta now has Highlights, which will offer users a chance to package old stories, give them a name where they will appear on your public profile above your other posts. Previously, you could only use the archive feature to manually save photo and video posts, but not Stories.

While stories will be saved to your archive automatically moving forward, you can turn off auto-archiving in your profile settings. Together they alter how profiles look and work, in a dramatic redesign apparently intended on making stories more useful. On your archive page, you can switch between Stories and posts by tapping the arrow beside the word "Archive" at the top of the screen.

'To create a highlight, tap the "New" circle at the far left, ' the firm explains.

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Facebook's photo sharing app on Tuesday added two new capabilities to its Stories feature, one a direct copy of a recent feature in Snap. Though we did have the option to pick and choose which stories to download (and still do), this will make it easier and not something that you have to moderate yourself. Starting today, any Stories that expire will now be automatically stored in the user's archive for later viewing. The former appears as a grid with the latest of your Stories found on the bottom.

If you updated Instagram on iOS and Android today, you may have noticed a few tweaks to Instagram Stories and your profile page. Unlike traditional stories, highlights don't disappear after 24 hours, they only go away after you delete them. Note: Only you can see your archived stories. There's no limit to how many you can add, but if you get exhausted of a particular highlight you can delete it or edit it. A long tap on any individual Highlights circle allows you to edit or remove it.

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