Instagram Stories are one of the most popular features of the app and now the company is rolling out the ability to check out Instagram stories via the web version of the app on desktops and also on mobile web.
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Last month, Facebook Stories were also made available to desktop users. Although Instagram Stories have been a huge hit, WhatsApp Status — a story-like feature on the messaging service — as well as Stories feature on Facebook failed to garner much response.
In a bid to give a boost to the popularity of this feature even further and make it easier for users to access it across devices, Instagram Stories are now being made available for desktop users.
“Stories has quickly become an important part of the Instagram experience — over 250 million people use it every day to see what their friends are doing in the moment. Now we’re excited to bring stories to people who use Instagram on the web,” Instagram stated.
Instagram has also added arrows to help you navigate between posts and stories. Earlier users had to either tap left or right to move between posts.
In addition to this, Instagram will also be allowing users to upload stories using the mobile web, but the same isn’t applicable to users on desktop who won’t be allowed to upload either stories or posts via their PC.
The company confirmed to The Verge that they have no plans to enable posting via desktop. This makes sense too because if these capabilities are rolled out to desktop users, it might affect the usage of Instagram’s mobile app.
While users will be able to view Instagram stories via desktop and mobile web in the next few weeks, the ability to post using mobile web will be available in the coming months.
In addition to all of this, Instagram has also been updated with new face filters that include a happy sun, sad rain cloud, angry thunderstorm and a laid-back sun. If your app is updated to version 10.21 for iOS and Android, then you’ll be able to access these filters.