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Instagram’s Huge New Update Lets Users Turn Posts Into Albums

Instagram update

Introducing Instagram slideshows

Your favourite photo-sharing app is taking the carousel out of the theme park and putting it into your hand. With the latest Instagram update, the company has unveiled a feature that had been teased since the last Android beta release: gallery posts.

Instagram announced the launch on the company blog.

“With this update, you no longer have to choose the single best photo or video from an experience you want to remember,” says the post. “Now, you can combine up to 10 photos and videos in one post and swipe through to see them all.”

These multi-photo posts function as carousel-style slideshows. On a profile grid, gallery posts are marked with a new ombré icon that indicates there’s more to see. In feed, four blue dots across the bottom of the post let you know you can swipe to see more.

To create your own gallery, upload a photo or video as you normally would, then tap the new icon in the bottom right-hand corner to add additional photos and videos. Rearrange the images by tapping and holding each one as you move it into the desired order. The one you put first is the one that will appear in your grid.

You can tag and edit each image individually, or tap any filter along the bottom of the slideshow to apply it to all images at once. Note that any location tag or caption you add will apply to the entire slideshow, as will the number of likes and comments. All imagery must be in the square format.

If you think the feature looks familiar, you’re right. Slideshows have been available to advertisers for a while, but not to the rest of the general ‘gramming public. The reaction was mixed when rumours of the new gallery tool popped up earlier this month, so it will be interesting to see how it fares (particularly with all the photo sharing that’s bound to happen at the upcoming Academy Awards).

You can watch the new Instagram update in action in the video below.

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