Instagram Tests Out Multi-Photo Albums, Wants To Become Best Social Media Platform

By Jomar Teves , Feb 02, 2017 05:21 AM EST

According to several news sources, Multi-photo galleries are finally coming to Instagram - and for everyone. Currently, only advertisers have the ability to publish several photos at once in a single post, in which users can swipe through horizontally.

But inside the latest upcoming beta release of Instagram for Android is some clear evidence that this same feature will be making its way to each and every one of the app's 600 million users.

How The Feature Works

According to TheVerge, instead of tapping on a photo, you long-press it. From there, a prompt will then instruct you to select up to 10 images or videos.

You can either apply one single filter to all of them, or you can also tap into each photo to apply separate effects before posting everything in a single gallery. Your followers and other Instagram users will now be able to like individual photos in each post.

Who Noticed It First?

Twitters Droid Life and Philip Chang were the first to notice this in the newest beta update, with several others confirming directly that it is in there. Unfortunately, the feature is likely going to show up a little earlier than Instagram had intended it to.

Right now, testers claim that it seemed rather buggy, and trying to actually publish albums will produce an error message every time.

Will The Feature Be Released Soon?

Engadget recently reached out to Instagram for more information on when the albums' feature will widely roll out across Android and iOS, but one of the social media company's spokesperson declined to comment. People are hoping that very soon, albums will now save us all from a cascade of photos from similar occasions in the timeline that are often out of chronological order.

Other Feature Requests

Once this has been checked off the list, Instagram might then be moving onto other common feature requests like scheduled posts and a native regram function. Lately, the company has instead seemed more focused and determined on copying Snapchat and live video.

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