It’s no secret we’ve all complained about Instagram’s feed problems in the past. When it introduced an anti-chronological “update” for the feed back in 2016, many users got upset that they were seeing posts from four days ago before seeing posts from the same day (I’m in the same boat). Luckily, it looks like users have made their opinions vocal enough that Instagram will be switching back to its original method of display pictures and videos.
Newer posts will stick to the top of your feed while stuff you might be interested in will sit below.
“Based on your feedback, [we’re] making changes to ensure that newer posts are more likely to appear first in feed,” the company said in a press release. “With these changes, your feed will feel more fresh, and you won’t miss the moments you care about. So if your best friend shares a selfie from her vacation in Australia, it will be waiting for you when you wake up.”
Basically, what Instagram’s saying is newer posts will stick to the top of your feed while stuff you might be interested in will sit below. This is the way Instagram should’ve always operated so it’s nice to see them making the chance.
It’s also updating how it handles refreshing your feed. “We’ve heard it can feel unexpected when your feed refreshes and automatically bumps you to the top,” the company said. “So today we’re testing a ‘New Posts’ button that lets you choose when you want to refresh, rather than it happening automatically. Tap the button and you’ll be taken to new posts at the top of feed — don’t tap, and you’ll stay where you are.”
Overall, these improvements should enhance your experience using Instagram. I’ve dreaded the issues being resolved here for quite some time along with practically every other user of the platform so I’m happy to see the changes taking place.
Today’s announcements come after yesterday’s upgrade of Instagram that included clickable links to users’ profiles and hashtags in your bio.
All of these improvements are rolling out to both iOS and Android users now.