Instagram’s update from last month included a major design do-over – both for the icon and the News Feed. But now, the photo- and video-sharing network has released an update solely for its iOS users.
Instagram received a complete design overhaul; a new logo was introduced (and heavily criticized) and the app layouts changed its colors. The blue fonts are now gone, replaced by a minimalistic style with a black and white theme.
But those who will update their app to the latest June version will also be given the ability to share photos and videos from the Photos app, without having to open the Instagram app. Only 28.7MB in size, Instagram’s 8.2 version is now available in the App Store.
According to the update’s changelog, it’s here to fix some bugs and make some improvements, but that’s not all. Even though it was not highlighted in the description, Instagram users on iOS now have the ability to share photos and videos straight from the Photos app.
It was thanks to 9to5Mac that we came to find out about the discreetly introduced feature. After installing the update, users can share natively photos and videos not only from the Photos app, but also Reddit, Google Photos, and other supporting iOS apps.
You just select the photo, click on the share option, and choose Instagram. If Instagram isn’t listed in the default options, it might be hidden the ‘more’ option.
Once you opt for Instagram, a dialogue box appears, allowing you to add a caption to the photo. Tapping ‘Share’ effectively posts the chosen photo on Instagram without opening the app.
However, this native share option does not allow users to tag people or add location tags; for that, users will have to head to the Instagram app. Same goes for cross posting pictures or videos on Facebook and Twitter.
The ability to share directly with other apps is one of the iOS features also available on other smartphone platforms. For example, you could email a photo directly while browsing through your Photos app, or share a link in Safari via Messages. Now, it looks like the Photos app has been given a new extension.
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