INSTAGRAM is rolling out a new feature that could help you connect with social distancing friends.
The new tool is called Co-Watching and allows you to invite friends to scroll through Instagram together via video chat.
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Video chats on Instagram can include up to six participants.
To get started you need to open up the Instagram app, preferably the latest version, and click the arrow in the top right corner.
Once you're into the direct messages section you need to click the video camera icon also in the top right.
Then you just need to select the people you want to video chat with and click "Start".
To start Co-Watching within the video call just click the photo icon in the bottom left of the chat.
You'll be able to show your friends posts you like and anything you have saved.
Instagram unveiled the feature in a post called 'Keeping People Informed, Safe, and Supported on Instagram’.
The social network wrote: "To help people stay connected, we’ve launched media sharing, a new feature that allows you to view Instagram posts together with your friends over video chat.
"You can start a video chat by tapping the video chat icon in the Direct inbox or in an existing Direct thread, then view saved, liked and suggested photos/videos by tapping the photo icon in the bottom left corner in an ongoing video chat."
Instagram has also launched other features like a popular "Stay Home" sticker, which puts all Stories that feature it into a special section.
Instagram plans to launch more features in the coming days including one that will aim to connect people with accurate information.
Instagram – the key facts
Here's what you need to know…
- Instagram is a social network for sharing photos and videos
- It was created back in October 2010 as an iPhone-exclusive app
- A separate version for Android devices was released 18 months later
- The app rose to popularity thanks to its filters system, which lets you quickly edit your photos with cool effects
- When it first launched, users could only post square 1:1 ratio images, but that rule was changed in 2015
- In 2012, Facebook bought Instagram for $1billion in cash and stock
- In 2018, some analysts believe the app is worth closer to $100billion
- In October 2015, Instagram confirmed that more than 40billion photos had been uploaded to the app
- And in 2018, Instagram revealed that more than a billion people were using the app every month
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