Taking the idea from its parent company’s messaging app, i.e. Facebook Messenger, Instagram is introducing the Show Activity Status feature in direct messages. With this new feature, your Instagram pals will be able to glance the last time you were online. The feature has rolled out as the part of the latest Instagram update for Android and iOS.
If you’re wondering how Instagram’s new Show Activity Status feature looks, the app now shows the last time a user was active on its platform underneath their username. However, the new Instagram feature doesn’t tell everyone when you were last online on the site, only the people with whom you send or receive private messages or those you tag in your Instagram Stories can see your active status.
The Show Activity Status feature is turned on by default. You can basically stalk all your friends on the app, always knowing what they’re up to. Sounds like a privacy nightmare to you? Well, you’re not alone! There’re many users who don’t want anyone to see their activity status.
Thankfully, you can turn off this new Show Activity Status feature for yourself, but you won’t be able to see that info for anyone else. In case you want to resume concealed Instagram usage, here’s how to turn disable the new feature:
How to Turn off Instagram’s New Show Activity Status Feature
- Launch the Instagram app on your device
- Head over to the Settings menu
- Scroll down until you find the Show Activity Status option
- Once found, toggle the switch next to the Show Activity Status option Off
It’s a two-minute drill to turn off the new Show Activity Status feature. Now, your messages folder will slip back to the pre-update display and show the last time a DM was sent in each thread.
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In addition to the Show Activity Status feature, Instagram is also testing new ‘Type’ feature for Stories and screenshot alerts. With the feature, users can write the desired text and choose its background color and font from the available options. The new Type format will live inside the Stories camera and next to options like Rewind, Superzoom, and Boomerang.
Also, the social media platform allows you to upload an image of your own to use as a background, though the app will apply a filter on it to lay emphasis on your text. At the moment, the feature is in the testing phase and will be rolled out globally in the coming weeks. It will be quite interesting to see exactly how useful a text-based story, without a visual, will be to users in the long run.
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