Instagram started pushing out a new app update that allows users to share up to ten photos and videos in a single post. The update began rolling out on Wednesday and should soon be available for download from the Google Play Store worldwide. Once a user shares a post featuring multiple photos and videos, their followers will be able to browse through their experience by simply swiping the post on their feed. The Facebook-owned social media company revealed how it's hoping users will think of numerous applications of this feature, from sharing photo sets of their recent trips to publishing recipes. The functionality has been in testing since early February.
To take advantage of this new feature, simply update your Instagram app and you'll gain the ability to upload multiple photographs and video clips to your posts from the standard upload interface. Simply tap the stack icon and then proceed to mark all of the files you want to upload. Tapping the files will select or unselect them while tapping and holding them allows you to rearrange the order of your uploads by dragging them around. Once you're happy with your selections and their order, you'll be able to either apply a global filter to your files or edit each one individually. This is where posts containing multiple photos or videos start to differ from single-file uploads as Instagram currently only allows the former to be displayed as squares and have a single caption. In other words, the current version of this feature seems somewhat similar to Twitter Moments. Posts containing multiple photos or videos are labeled with a blue stack icon located in the bottom right corner of your first upload.
Overall, this functionality will likely be extremely useful to Instagram users who want to share a number of somewhat related pictures or video clips but would like to avoid annoying their followers by cluttering their feeds. The Facebook-owned social media service already allowed major advertisers to attach multiple files to posts for a while now, but it's unclear what prompted the company to roll out this feature to all users. In any case, you can check out how this functionality looks in practice by updating your Instagram app to version 10.9.