Instagram Stories, the ephemeral messaging platform of Facebook-owned Instagram, has emerged one of the bright spotlights in Facebook’s fight against Snapchat. Instagram Stories has over 300 million monthly users, and has copied most of the popular features from Snapchat. However, the popularity of Instagram Stories is also driven by the constant enhancements brought by the platform.
Today, Instagram is introducing a new update that will allow Stories users to upload multiple photos and videos all at once. The multiple photos and videos upload option can be seen as Instagram Stories‘ version of threads feature on Twitter. Now when you click on Instagram camera and drag the gallery from bottom, you will be presented with a new option called “Select Multiple” at the top right corner. It allows Stories users to tap it and then select and upload multiple photos and videos at once.
Instagram says the feature makes it easier and faster to share to your story after the moment has passed. At this moment, Instagram lets Stories users to select up to ten photos or videos from their gallery. Once selected, you will be presented with an edit screen where you see a preview of all the media you have selected. Instagram users can then tap on each one to edit individually with stickers, text, and all the other tools within Stories. Once you are done editing, all of the photos and videos in the preview will upload at once in the order selected by users.
Instagram is also making it faster to find the right place when adding the location sticker to a photo or video you are uploading to your story. Instagram will now use location data from your phone and suggest location based on where the media was captured at the time of uploading to Stories. The new multiupload feature comes on the heels of a feature called Focus, which will allow anyone to post pictures with artificial bokeh effect.
The new feature is now available for Android and will be released for iOS in the coming weeks. In other Instagram news, the photo-sharing service has delivered on its promised data download tool, now available to all users. It was promised to launch almost two weeks ago and is now available has a way to download all of their data including photos, videos and messages. The announcement is part of an effort to comply with general data protection regulation (GDPR), a new privacy rule being made effective in Europe.