Ever since Instagram rolled out its disappearing-photo feature called Stories in August, the app has been becoming more and more like Snapchat. After updates that allowed you to add filters and text to Instagram Stories, seemingly all that was separating the two photo-sharing apps was the ability to add stickers, and Instagram’s latest update just fixed that, too.
On Tuesday, the app unveiled new stickers, which are available next to the text and drawing tools. After you’ve taken your snap, tap the smiley face to find customizable stickers for weather, the current time, and even your location (sound familiar?). Certain stickers will be perennially available, and a special set of holiday stickers will be on the app for the next few weeks.
Today, we’re introducing a set of tools to help you add context and creativity to your story: stickers, holiday fun and more. No matter where you are or what you’re up to, you can add context to your story with stickers. After you’ve taken a photo or video, you’ll see a new stickers button next to the text and drawing tools. Tap the smiley face to find customizable stickers for weather, the current time and even your location. It’s easy to make stickers your own: move them around, make them bigger or smaller and choose from different styles to match your mood. And you can add as many stickers as you want to any part of your story. You’ll see a set of holiday stickers available for the next few weeks, and keep an eye out for even more stickers to ring in the new year! You’ll also find three other improvements: a new ‘Hands-Free’ option in the format picker lets you record a video without having to press and hold; you can add as many pieces of text as you’d like to a photo or video; and, on iOS, you can save your entire story to your camera roll as a single video. To learn more about today’s updates, check out help.instagram.com. These updates for Instagram Stories are available as part of Instagram version 10.3 available for iOS in the Apple App Store and for Android in Google Play.
Today’s updates also brought the ability to record video with just one tap (no more pesky press and hold), add as much text as you’d like to each photo or video, and save your entire story from the past 24 hours to your camera roll as one single video.
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