The effortless way you fast forward through Stories could be coming to more of Instagram . A screenshot from user Suprateek Bose shows Instagram Introducing a new way to move through posts — Tap through posts, just like you tap through stories. Now Instagram confirms to TechCrunch that its testing tap to advance within Explore, and a spokesperson provided this statement: Were always testing ways to improve the experience on Instagram and bring you closer to the people and things you love. As for whether this could come to the main feed, an Instagram spokesperson tells me that not something its actively thinking about right now. Instagram already uses an auto-advance feature in its Videos You Might Like section of Explore, jumping down to the next video when the last one finishes. It previously offered themed video collections around Halloween and top creators too. But for photos where its not clear when youre done viewing, a quick tap is the closest thing to Instagram propelling you through posts automatically. Next: turn your mind off completely. Succumb to the feed. Open instagram, and it does the browsing of the feed for you. Like by smiling. Comment by grunting one of 5 known emotions at your phone. Tap to advance, pioneered by Snapchat, eliminates the need for big thumbstrokes on your touch screen that can get tiring after awhile. It also means users always see media full-screen rather than having to fiddle with scrolling the perfect amount to see an entire post. Together, these create a more relaxing browsing experience that can devour hours of a users time. Instagram doesnt show ads in Explore, but tap-to-advance could save your thumb stamina for more feed and Stories viewing where it does earn money. While Snapchat remains the teen favorite, Instagram could cater to seniors with arthritis with this new method of navigation (no, seriously, swiping can be tough on the joints for some people). The fact that tap-to-advance is now testing but Instagram still hasnt actually rolled out the Your Activity screentime digital well-being dashboard it says was launching two months ago begs the question of whether it really wants us to be more purposeful with our social media usage.
Instagram is testing a new way to advance through photos, by tapping through posts like you would on Stories, it was reported by TechCrunch. Tapping through posts is meant to eliminate the supposedly cumbersome experience of scrolling, while also displaying the entirety of every post in one tap. The test is currently only being conducted in the Explore tab, with no plans to be implemented in the main feed yet. Its also not known how widely the test will be rolling out. Instagram user Suprateek Bose took a screenshot of the feature, which could be a quicker way to move through Explore posts. Given that the Explore tab usually shows posts the algorithm determines is relevant to you, its likely that you could be tapping through Instagram posts from friends of friends. Make sure to tap carefully so you dont double-tap and accidentally like a post, causing any awkward friend interactions.