San Francisco: Meta-owned photo-sharing platform Instagram is reportedly testing Stories redesign with vertical scrolling in its app. Currently, users scroll the stories on their Instagram application in a horizontal pattern.
As noted by social media consultant Matt Navarra, some users located in Turkey have received an Instagram update that brings vertical scrolling to Stories, reports 9To5Mac.
Users can watch the Stories from the same person by tapping the left or right side of their smartphone screen. If a user wishes to jump to the next user’s Stories he is required to press the swipe down option.
According to the report, tech journalist Thassius Veloso also received the same update in Brazil, which suggests that Instagram has been rolling out the new vertical scrolling design to more countries.
The change probably comes as an attempt to compete with TikTok. The TikTok app already offers a vertical scrolling feature on its platform, the report said.
As a result, Instagram has also been making Stories more focused on videos rather than static content, it added.
Back in December, Instagram was also testing an increased maximum limit for videos in Stories, which went from 15 seconds to 60 seconds.
While users can already post videos of up to 1 minute on Instagram Stories, they become segmented into four videos of 15 seconds each.
(With Inputs from IANS)