Instagram Supports Multiple Accounts In Some Devices

28 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

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.Instagram is a social network dedicated to sharing pictures and videos from mobile devices, the app became really popular as it made it easy to add a variety of filters to make the pictures look better.

While the Americans are eating themselves into food comas this weekend, the team at Instagram are ensuring they can spam their friends with artsy turkey pics to multiple accounts from the same device, without the annoying need to log out of one account and then log in to another – Hallelujah.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. 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. The mobile app has been improving over time and since August, users can choose the format of the pictures they share, instead of being restricted to the square format that was used for a long time. The feature allows users to add or create additional accounts for use in Instagram that you can then switch between without first having to sign out of your current account.

The latest update brought some improvements to Direct Messages including the ability to send photos as messages, media files would now be seen in conversation mode and there’s the ability to name group conversations. The nitty gritty is that the update appears to be tied to the latest version of the app, which is currently on the Instagram beta channel (v 7.12.0), which is currently in testing, and if you’re interested you can join. 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. Of course this being the internet this Beta version can be installed on your devices right now – but it does appear to be linked to a server side switch as it’s not quite live for everyone – though if you join the beta program it could be the prompt needed to add it to your account.

To access the new option, beta testers can scroll down to the bottom to the bottom of the Settings page in Instagram, then look for the “Add Account” option just below “Clear Search History” and above “Log Out.” From here, you’re able to enter in another set of Instagram credentials or set up a new account using either a username and password combination, or by authenticating with Facebook. 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. Once a user has added another account, they will be able to switch between those accounts in a drop down menu from their nickname in the profile section and a message colored in green will let them know the account they have selected.

Lack of official support for the feature, which is critical for those who oversee multiple accounts, has caused many users to turn to third-party clients in order to post and view feeds from separate accounts simultaneously. 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. This new feature doesn’t require an update for the app as it seems to be rolling out from the cloud, so you might even have it in your current app version. 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. In fact, there’s even teenage slang related to this – “finstagram,” or “finsta” for short, stands for “fake Instagram account.” This is a separate account teens maintain outside of their “real” Instagrams, which are far more polished.

People who might be interested in such feature include business owners or social media managers, as they might have their personal accounts and additional ones. 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. It’s unclear at what point Instagram will finalize testing of the account switching option and then roll it out to the larger Instagram user base, or if such plans are even on its roadmap.

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