The Recent Instagram Updates You Need To Know About

During much of 2016, it seemed like Instagram's main focus was on expanding Instagram Stories. While there were notable updates to the Instagram you know and love, including updated support tools and a way to save posts for later, it looked like Stories was getting the most attention on the development side.
But if the first few months of 2017 are any indication of what's to come, your regular Instagram feed is in for plenty of changes of its own. Ahead, some of the biggest updates that have taken place recently.
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Read Comments More Easily

It's odd that comment threads haven't already existed on Instagram, but a welcome addition, nonetheless. Now, instead of all comments appearing in one straight line below a post, you'll see comments grouped based on which message the comment is posted in response to.
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Organize Saved Posts

Call it the Pinterest effect. This week, Instagram is launching a tool that allows you to file your saved posts into what the app is calling "collections." Previously, you would tap the bookmark icon and all saved posts would appear under one singular tab on your profile. Now, when you tap and hold that bookmark , you can save a post to an existing collection or create a new one. Whether its hairstyles, vacations, or latte art, file your photos away and head there when in search of inspiration.
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Enable Two-Factor Authentication

Instagram is finally giving you the chance to boost your account's security by enabling two-factor authentication. To turn it on go to your Options (hit the gear icon in the upper right-hand corner of your profile page), scroll down to Two-Factor Authentication and toggle on "Require Security Code." You'll be provided with a list of backup codes that you can access in the event that you can't get a login code via text.
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Blurred Photos In Your Feed

Building on last fall's big safety tool update, Instagram announced that it will now cover "sensitive content" with a blurred screen. This content includes images that are graphic or violent, such as ones showing a humanitarian crisis or animal abuse. You'll still be able to click to see what's behind that screen, should you choose to.
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Create A Slideshow

If you don't want to crowd your feed with multiple images of the same event, you can now build all of those into one post, by creating a slideshow. Slideshows are denoted by an ombré logo in the upper-right hand corner of an image. Head here to find out how to make your own.
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