Instagram Now Testing Support For Account Switching, No Log Out Required

27 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

FinallyThe photo sharing app is testing support for multiple accounts for Android users. A feature Instagram users have wanted for some time – support for switching between multiple accounts directly in the app – is now being tested, according to a new report out this morning.This morning, we showed you the new Instagram multiple accounts feature that is slowly rolling out on Android, but wanted to follow that up with a deeper look on video to give you a better idea as to how it works.Earlier this year, Instagram started a beta testing program for its Android app that lets you sign up to try new features before they’re rolled out to the public.

Select members in Instagram’s official beta testing group for Android have spotted the option in Instagram’s settings in their beta build of the mobile application. Up until this point, those with more than one Instagram account has had to either spread accounts across different devices, or awkwardly sign out of one and into another.

Other than using sketchy third party apps for Instagram, users with multiple accounts, such as small business owners and social media managers, have always been pretty limited, now however, for a number of Instagram users on Android, the ability to sign in with multiple accounts has become available. News of the beta test was first discovered by the blog Android Police, which was pointed to the feature by way of a tipster who also provided screenshots of account switching in action.

When you update, in order to add a secondary account, you’ll need to go to your profile page, hit the menu button in the top left, and then scroll all the way down until you find the “Add Account” option. The feature requires version 7.12.0 of the Instagram app, and you can access it by going to Options and scrolling down to the Add Account option at the bottom of the list.

Both Facebook and Instagram are both known to preview new features to Android users first, before deciding whether or not to make them available more broadly. Instagram did not immediately respond to Mashable’s request for comment but it’s not surprising the company would be experimenting with multiple account support. This is a handy feature for folks that have multiple Instagram accounts, whether they’re all personal (like for a person and then another for a pet) or for folks that have a personal account but also use Instagram for a business.

Though Instagram has tolerated third-party developers on its platform until now, the company recently announced a change in its developer policy that would restrict nearly all third-party feed-viewing apps. Once you choose an account, the profile image for that account will then show as the image of your profile tab, so that you always know which account you are using. They are filled with the photos that only their close friends get to see – like unflattering pictures, screenshots of text messages, and other, more mundane images that don’t make the cut for their real Instagrams that are shown to the world.

The rise of these secondary accounts came about because many teens felt their main Instagrams weren’t presenting an authentic images of their real lives. In the meantime, Instagram users interested in testing account switching for themselves can join the Instagram beta test group here, then install the updated version of Instagram on their supported Android device.

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