As Twitter and Facebook have taken online harassment more seriously in 2016, though most of their methods to curb it involve user reporting. Instead, Instagram is debuting user-operated word filters, letting them control the tone of discussion below...
Instagram users who search for things frequently leave a trail behind that shows everything they’ve searched for, and to some who are used to hiding their tracks, this could be considered a privacy concern. If you want to clear your search history from the Instagram app on your iPhone or iPod touch, then follow along […]
Yesterday, Instagram took to its own photo-sharing service to announce that it’s working on a text translation for its mobile app. The new feature will begin rolling out in the coming month. A Translation button will appear on feed stories and profile bios if they’re written in languages different from your own. Captions and comments […]
Facebook-owned Instagram today announced a major milestone as the service just passed 500 million monthly users, more than 80 percent of whom are living outside of the United States. The announcement came a little more than a month following Instagram’s major redesign of its mobile app. The only metric that matters is daily active users and […]
Are you someone who lives in Facebook Messenger? Would you like to spend even more time in the app? Well after the latest app update, you can now set Facebook Messenger to be your default SMS app (if you are on Android). For now iOS users can’t set Facebook Messenger to be the default SMS app.
Let’s admit it: we all have a friend or acquaintance who isn’t into this smartphone thing (no matter how cool they are). Often the only way to get in touch with them is to send them a good old fashioned SMS. If you really like Facebook Messenger, you can now set it as the default SMS app on Android. This can be done from the settings menu in Facebook Messenger. Don’t worry, if you end up not enjoying the experience, it is easy to switch back to another app if you would like to.
Here at Coolsmartphone Towers, we are interested to see how this move from Facebook works out. Google is quietly moving away from integrating SMS into their current messaging app, Hangouts. We’ll also need to see what happens when Google’s Allo rolls out later this summer. Whatever the outcome, the good news is that if you are an Android user you have plenty of choice on how you handle SMS and messaging.
After bots, this seems to be one of the biggest feature releases for Facebook Messenger in recent times. The separate messaging app is growing rapidly and seems to be stealing the limelight from Facebook’s social network app. It will be interesting to see how Facebook handles their product portfolio going forward, bearing in mind they also own WhatsApp and Instagram.
Are you thinking of switching to Facebook Messenger as your default SMS app on Android? Are you an iOS user annoyed by the fact that your platform of choice doesn’t allow you to choose which app is the default SMS one? Let us know in the comments, or ping us on Facebook Messenger.
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It’s hard to tell from release notes alone, which only mention bug fixes and performance improvements, but Instagram’s version 8.2 update that went live this morning on the App Store packs in a much improved Share sheet extension. Long overdue, the new extension finally lets you upload photos and videos directly to the service, without needing […]
Over the years, I’ve learned or picked up a few Instagram hacks and tricks that I’m going to share with you. They aren’t life changing by any means, but they can be helpful, fun, or just make your Instagram usage more enjoyable. Chances are, you already know some of these tips, but I’m hoping you will […]
In mid-March 2016, Facebook-owned Instagram said it would soon tweak its algorithm to surface posts you care about at the top of your feed. Since then, the company has been testing the improved algorithm with a very small subset of its 400 million monthly active users. Starting today, this feature is available to all Instagram users without […]
Do you use a third-party app to browse Instagram feeds and hashtags more efficiently on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad? If so, there’s a high likelihood that your app has now ceased functioning due to Instagram’s new and much stricter policy pertaining to the official API, which has gone into effect today, as first noted by MacRumors.... Read the rest of this […]
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