- The new feature is exclusive to iOS users.
- Photos can now be shared without opening Instagram.
- The feature does not give the option to tag people.
After its major update in May, Instagram has now released an update solely for iOS users. This update brings the ability for users to share photos and videos from the Photos app, without needing to open the Instagram app.
The Instagram 8.2 version is 28.7MB in size, and is now available in the App Store. Apart from the usual bug fixes and improvements, the ability to share photos and videos without opening the Instagram app hasn’t been highlighted in the official changelog on the App Store. The discreetly introduced feature was (first spotted by 9to5Mac).
Once the app is updated, photos and videos from within the Photos app (and other supporting iOS apps, like Google Photos and Reddit) can be shared natively. The user needs to just select the photo, click on the share option, and opt for Instagram. If Instagram doesn’t show up in the default options, the more option will let toggle it into the default share options.
After selecting Instagram, a dialogue box will appear, allowing users to add a caption to the photo. Clicking on share, will effectively post it on Instagram without even opening the app. However, this will not allow users to tag people, for that users will have to head to the app. The feature also does not allow users to cross post on Facebook and Twitter.
The last update brought along a complete design overhaul, with a new logo, a new app layout, and much more. The blue fonts were gone, and the app design was kept minimalistic with a black and white theme. The Instagram logo went through a makeover, and is now seen dressed in a rainbow gradient overlay.