Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video What's new in May 2016?, part of Learn Instagram: The Basics.
- [Voiceover] The majority of this course was recorded in February of 2016. In May of 2016 Instagram significantly changed the look of their app. So if you're using the latest version of Instagram you're going to immediately notice that the appearance of the app in this course is different than what you're seeing on your own phone or tablet. However, even though the look has been updated the functionality of the app is pretty much the same. You'll just find that certain colors, buttons, and other interface elements have been changed. So in this video I wanna go over these changes, so you'll still be able to follow along with the course.
Right off the bat you can see that Instagram has done away with their original icon, shown here on the left, which looked like a classic camera. Instead, as we see here on the right we now have this more modern looking icon. There's been a lot of debate about whether this is actually an improvement, but I'll leave that up to you to decide. Now when you open the app you'll see that Instagram has also changed from a blue theme to a black and white look. So anywhere you see text or buttons or the Instagram logo they'll all be in black instead of blue. Another change you'll notice is when it comes to editing or processing the photos you share to your account.
I cover this thoroughly in the second chapter, but basically you tap the camera icon down at the bottom of the screen, where you can then choose to share an existing photo or video, or shoot a photo or video on the spot. And again, you can see the interface difference here. In the updated version of Instagram all the text at the bottom is in black. I'll just choose this currently selected photo and tap next. So previously Instagram's collection of photo filters were displayed in a row with their names below and above that section we had buttons to switch among the filters, to the Lux tool, which I'll cancel, and the editing tools.
In the new version the filter names are above the filters, but they can still be viewed by swiping across the row. But the bigger change here is that you now have these filter and edit buttons at the bottom of the screen. Tapping edit brings up those same editing tools, but now it's clearly labeled edit, instead of that button that you see on the left hand side. And in this updated version of Instagram the Lux tool now appears at the top of the screen. You'll also notice that in most cases when you're using certain tools instead of seeing the X and the checkmark button that we see on the left we now have clearly labeled cancel and done buttons.
So I'll just cancel that on both screens. But that's pretty much the extent of the changes to the look and layout of the app. The update didn't introduce any new features or change how the tools work. One nice thing about this update is that the iOS and Android versions of Instagram now look and work nearly identically, whereas before they differed slightly in their layouts. So as you work your way through this course even though what you'll see on screen will look a little different, you'll still be able to follow along if you keep in mind that these changes in the new version of Instagram are just cosmetic.
- What is Instagram?
- Creating an Instagram account
- Following other users
- Shooting photos and videos
- Processing photos
- Posting photos to Instagram
- Liking and commenting on photos
- Tagging photos
- Regrammming photos