Saturday, 26 May, 2018


Instagram CEO Confirms Usage Insights Feature Being Developed

Instagram iOS app Instagram to warn users if they spend too much time on the app
Melba Vasquez | 17 May, 2018, 14:30

The new tool was discovered during an APK teardown, and shows the user the time spent on the app, though there aren't enough details to know the scope of the data provided.

Following in the footsteps of Google, which recently highlighted new tools to help smartphone addicts manage the time they spend using their devices, Instagram too could be about to offer its community a quick way to see just how long they're spending on the app. According to Wong, this "Usage Insights" option shows up when you tap on the hamburger menu (those three horizontal lines) at the top-left corner of the screen.

The social network's CEO Kevin Systrom, linking back to the original report from TechCrunch, confirmed in a series of tweets that the code Wong found is the groundwork for the Usage Insights feature.

Code spotted in the Instagram app reveals an as-yet-unreleased "usage insights" feature that will allow Instagrammers to see the amount of "time spent" on the app.

Systrom says Instagram wants the time spent within the app to be "positive and intentional". This should also help people deal with their Instagram addiction.

It seems Instagram is ready to embrace the impact of the reduction in usage as soon as such a tool goes live for users.

Lastly, Instagram is also testing a feature for Android users that would let them Like or Reply to a comment right from the notification shade without opening the Instagram app.

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