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The new Instagram update revamped how you interact with friends

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    Words by Olivia Harvey

    From the editors of HelloGiggles

    These rapid-fire Instagram updates just keep making the photo-sharing app better and better. As of today, we can respond to Instagram stories with photos and videos. In other words, you can now show — not tell — your friends how excited you are about their new haircut.

    In order to reply with a photo, video, or Boomerang, tap the new camera icon in the bottom left-hand corner while an Instagram story plays. The Instagram blog states that once you’re in camera reply mode, you can use the app’s filters, stickers feature, and Rewind.

    Plus, Instagram takes a snapshot of the story image you’re replying to and lets you move it around your reply screen.

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    Starting today, you can reply to stories with a photo or video. From selfies to Boomerangs, now you can be even more fun and playful when you respond to friends. To reply with a photo or a video, tap the new camera button while you’re watching a story. You can use any creative tools in the camera, including face filters, stickers and Rewind. Replies also include a sticker of the story that you can move around and resize. When a friend replies to your story with a photo or a video, you’ll see it in your inbox. You can tap to view it and also see a sticker of the original story that’s only visible to you. As with disappearing photos and videos in Direct, your friends will know when you’ve taken a screenshot or replayed a reply. Today’s update is just one of the ways we’re working to make Direct the best place to have fun, visual conversations with friends on Instagram. To learn more about photo and video replies, visit These updates are available as part of Instagram version 10.28 and above for iOS in the Apple App Store and for Android in Google Play.

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    These photo and video responses go straight to the recipient’s Direct inbox. Similar to Instagram Direct’s disappearing photos and videos, your friends will be notified if you take a screenshot or replay their response.

    TBH, that feature has always been a blessing and a curse.

    The platform states that this update is just another way to have fun with friends via Instagram Direct. It’s a simple way to stay in touch, but with a bit more added flair than your average text message.

    We’re going to have to practice our facial expressions to make sure we have the necessary reaction selfies down pat.

    Make sure to update your Insta app to version 10.28 or above on your iPhone, Android, or Google Play device to use this new feature. Watch out friends — we’re about to selfie respond to absolutely everything you post.

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