How Do You Rewind Instagram Stories? It's Pretty Simple
In what may have felt like a bit of déjá vu for avid Snapchat users, Instagram recently released Instagram Stories, a platform that allows users to similarly upload a quick video, or photo that disappears 24 hours later. So if you are one of the Instagram users getting acquainted with the new Snapchat-esque feature, you may be wondering: How do you rewind Instagram Stories? Because sometimes you see something so intriguing, and you have to do a double-take. Don't fret, you can just swipe left or tap the upper left screen.
When watching users' "Stories" on Instagram, again similar to Snapchat, often times it's a compilation of multiple clips. If something catches your eye, you can either swipe left to re-watch a full clip (otherwise it will automatically send you to the next Story on your timeline), or if there are multiple clips in one Story, you can tap the upper left screen to essentially rewind. The rewind-like feature is a new addition from Snapchat, where after you've viewed someone's Snap story, it's then filtered to the "all stories" section where you have to view it (or tap through) from the beginning. It's certainly an interesting added feature for Instagram, and only time will tell how loyal Snapchat users respond. So far, many were quick to call out how... uh... similar, the Instagram Stories is to Snapchat.
Instagram stories is just lots of people posting pictures captioned "wtf is this"— Calum McSwiggan (@CalumMcSwiggan) August 3, 2016
I low key like Instagram snatching Snapchat's wig. It seems to work A LOT better on my phone then Snachat does in terms of stories.— Dylan (8Bit) (@EightBitDylan) August 3, 2016
"Say hello to Instagram stories"— Smh Chauncey (@chauncey_murphy) August 3, 2016
"Pictures disappear after 24 hours"
"Make it your own with drawings and text" pic.twitter.com/KI1ELW8LPk
But as Techcrunch pointed out, there are some differences between Instagram Stories and Snapchat. Unlike Snapchat, you can't see who screenshots your story on Instagram, and you don't have to be following someone to view their story on Instagram, among other differences.
As for the obvious similarities, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom is not denying them – in fact, he told Techcrunch Snapchat "deserves all the credit."
It may take some time to see whether Instagram Stories will be a hit. One thing's for sure: whether you personally upload stories to Instagram or not, you'll probably get more insight on your friends' daily activities – for better or worse.