It hasn't even been a year since Instagram launched Stories to compete with Snapchat. The latest update to the app is the most Snapchat-inspired yet: Instagram announced on Tuesday that it would be rolling out new features and updates, including face-filters and a new recording trick for videos. Here's how to use Rewind Mode on Instagram Stories (which also works in Boomerang mode).
On Tuesday morning, the official Instagram blog posted an announcement about new features and updates that were to be rolled out for users over the course of the day:
Today, we’re introducing face filters in the camera, an easy way to turn an ordinary selfie into something fun and entertaining. Whether you’re sitting on the couch at home or you’re out and about, you can use face filters to express yourself and have playful conversations with friends.
For users who also use Snapchat, the descriptions of the latest additions probably sound more than a little familiar:
From math equations swirling around your head to furry koala ears that move and twitch, you can transform into a variety of characters that make you smile or laugh.
To start, Instagram is giving users eight face filters, accessible in the app's camera function. Many of the filters work when users take a picture with another person, too (not dissimilar to Snapchat's feature). Outside of sharing in Stories, these can be shared through Instagram direct message or as a post in a user's Instagram feed. The filters also work in Stories' Boomerang mode.
Users who are fond of the app's various video recording functions are getting a cool new update, too: in addition to being able to shoot hands-free or with the gif-like Boomrang feature, they can now shoot in reverse with Rewind Mode:
You can make videos that play in reverse with “Rewind,” a new camera format next to “Boomerang” and “Hands-Free.” Drop a microphone and watch it fly up into your hand. Capture a fountain in motion and share a rewind of the water floating back up. Experiment with some magic tricks of your own and defy the laws of physics wherever you are.
Once a user opens Stories, they'll have the option to shoot in Normal, Live, Boomerang, Hands-Free, and now Rewind Mode.
The new update, for both IOS and Android, will also give users a new "eraser brush" function to make corrections when users draw on their photos (another Snapchat-inspired tool) and location-based hashtag stickers.