You can now see when your friends were last active on Instagram

Recently active

The new feature, which is enabled by default, provides information about when a user was last on Instagram to people who are tagged in the user's Stories, or who exchange private messages with the user. Instagram also has the same "Seen" and "Typing" feature Messenger has, which shows it's slowly enhancing its chat features.

However, if you were planning on turning off your status but looking at other people's, Instagram isn't going to let that happen.

Instagram now shows when a person has last been active on the app. Photo: Denisse Moreno, screenshot.

We can imagine scenarios where this feature might get people in trouble or cause hard feelings: If someone DMs you, for instance, and you don't respond right away, but they can see you're using the app, they might jump to the conclusion that you don't want to talk to them.

Instagram introduced another tracking feature recently.

Facebook-owned Instagram's new Active is similar to the "Last Seen" as seen on WhatsApp and also is alike to the "Active at" on Facebook Messenger.

The activity tracking can be turned off relatively easily in "settings".

Scroll down to "Show Activity Status". If you want others not to view when you last used the platform, you will need to manually turn it off. The same feature can be seen on Facebook's app on Android and iOS platforms. Online reports have also suggested that Instagram is testing out other features such as text-only stories and alerts for screenshots. According to TheNextWeb, the new feature would allow users to select from different backgrounds, fonts, and even apply filters.

The app was last updated on January 16, but the recent feature showed up on Thursday. For more updates, stay tuned with us!

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