The month of April was full of news for Instagram users. Now, the app allows you to make even more perfect portraits with the Focus mode, add and edit up to 10 photos and videos in Stories and download all the data collected by the application. In addition, the platform has started testing a feature that promises to facilitate the way to find and add profiles on the social network, using QR Codes technology. The news for Windows Phone users, however, was not positive: the program was discontinued and removed from the Microsoft app store. Stay up to date on everything that happened with Instagram this past month.
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1. Nametag, a new way to add friends
Instagram is testing a feature called Nametag, which allows users to add each other via custom QR Codes. The function works in a similar way to Snapchat's snapcodes: scan the code with your cell phone camera to view and follow the profile in the app. Therefore, there would no longer be a need to search for the account by user name in the Instagram search.
New Instagram Nametag Feature Photo: Reproduo / TechCrunch
The novelty would simplify the promotion of accounts on social networks, in addition to making it more practical to disseminate profiles in other media, such as printed posters or even merchandise. There is still no information on when and if, in fact, Nametags will be implemented in the stable version of the application. For now, only those with access to the platform tests can create, share or scan the tags.
2. Perfect portrait and easy tagging in Stories
On April 10, Instagram Stories won two news at once: the Focus function is a sticker that makes it easy to tag friends on photos and videos. When selecting the @mention option from the stickers, suggestions are presented when typing the initials of the profile to be marked. When you touch the one you want, it will be displayed in colorful letters, in a more striking way than usual.
Focus mode leaves the faces of those photographed highlighted on Instagram Photo: Divulgao / Instagram
The Focus mode allows you to apply to the images made through the app a depth effect, which resembles those captured by professional cameras. The feature is also very similar to the Portrait mode of the iPhone, provided by the combination of two rear cameras. The functionality of Instagram, however, guarantees any smartphone the effect that keeps the focus only on the faces of those being photographed or filmed, so that the background remains blurred.
3. End of support for Windows 10 Mobile
Instagram discontinued on Windows 10 Mobile Photo: Fabrcio Vitorino / TechTudo
This month, Instagram is no longer available in the app store for Windows 10 Mobile users. Those who already have the app installed can use it normally, but will not have access to updates that, in addition to new functions, also bring bug fixes. The program can now be downloaded on Windows 10 computers and tablets.
4. Multiple photos and videos in Stories
Since the last 24th, users of the social network have been able to post up to 10 photos and videos in Stories. It is possible to edit each file separately, including filters, emojis, texts, stickers, among other embellishments available on the platform. The update also made it easier to add posts to posts, since, based on the location recorded in the photos, the app displays suggestions for places close to where the records were made.
Stories now allows you to post 10 photos or videos at once Photo: Divulgao / Instagram
The novelty has already been released for Android users and should arrive, over the next few weeks, for iPhone (iOS).
Also in April, the social network started to allow users to download all data linked to their profile. The tool, available only in the web and Beta version for Android for the time being, was developed after the controversy of the misuse of Facebook information by Cambridge Analytica. After the user's request, the prediction of waiting for 48 hours for the single file download link to be sent to the email registered in the Instagram account.
According to the TechCrunch website, the backup contains photos and videos posted (with captions), profile information, search history, comments, likes and settings. It is also possible to check the list of followers and those who are following, direct messages and files shared in the chat (only those in the keep chat mode).