Instagram finally lets you switch between accounts on Android and iOS

A gusto awaited moment has just been added to Instagram. Back in November last year, we heard Instagram was testing multiple account support on its Android app. The Facebook owned company has finally officially announced that they support for multiple accounts, and it is now available for both Android and iSO users. This will be part of version 7.15 of the Instagram app for iOS and Android, which will make it to the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store in the next few days. In its latest update, the popular photo sharing app now brings the ability for its users to easily add up to five accounts and swiftly switch between them, without needing to log out and log back in again.

This function is available in the application settings, where Users will now be able to add five different accounts and switch between them easily. Instagrammers can manage accounts via the profile tab or by pressing on their username for a few seconds. In removing the difficulty from posting to several accounts, this new feature could encourage the site's users to create different profiles for specific purposes.

SET UP FOR SWITCHING INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS:

You will have to go to your profile settings to add an additional account following which you will have to tap your username at the top of your profile to switch between accounts. After adding multiple accounts, you will see your profile photo appear in various places throughout the app so you can always keep a tab on which account you are using at the moment. Instagram notifications will appear differently for multiple accounts and they “depend on when you last logged in and the number of devices that are logged in to an account”. Users will be alerted for all likes, new followers and direct messages for the accounts they have set up on Instagram. To manage these notifications, users can go their profile, go to Push Notification Settings and customize which notifications appear. To remove an account, tap in the top right corner of the profile, scroll down and select Log out of [username] or Log out of All Accounts. Logging out of all accounts will remove all the accounts you have added.

Instagram said the update will roll out to users gradually, and has told people to keep an eye out for it hitting the app stores later this week. The last major update Instagram rolled out was a new messaging system allowing users to exchange messages in private and group conversations in a bid to make users want to stay on its mobile app or web site longer. It was also an attempt to take on rival messaging app Snapchat, which has 100 million users and growing. Instagram has 400 million active users worldwide. Over 40 billion photos have already been shared on the platform, at a rate of 80 million per day and with an average 3.5 billion daily "likes.”

Recently, Instagram also brought back the ‘Peek’ feature to Android devices. It allows users to simply peek at an image by long pressing on the screen, thus saving the need to open it. The company had launched this feature in past but it was taken down for unknown reasons. The Peek is caused by 3D Touch feature available for iOS users. Once the user has had a glimpse of an image, he or she needs to release the screen to get back to the page. Instagram has also put up its list of most-liked photos of 2015 and Meredith the Cat (Taylor Swift’s pet) stars in two of the top 10, along with few other superstars.

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