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Instagram Introduces Adaptive Icons Support, Public In-App Verification Form

Instagram Introduces Adaptive Icons Support, Public In-App Verification Form

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Highlights
  • Instagram has introduced adaptive icon support with latest update
  • The company also introduced a public verification form in Australia
  • This verification form is only available to iOS users

Instagram recently revealed it had 800 million monthly users, making it the second largest social media platform in the world. First remains Facebook, which enjoys 2.07 billion monthly users across the globe. Instagram keeps adding new features, the freshest one being the questions sticker, and now it seems the company has finally brought support for adaptive icons as well. Furthermore, the company has also confirmed it is testing a new way to make verifying accounts an easy process, and has made the verification form available in-app.

Instagram finally brings support for adaptive icons with the latest 55.0.0.0.33 alpha Android update. What this means is that your icon shape will change to what your device supports. Earlier, the Instagram icon stuck to the square-shaped design, irrespective of what the device supported on default. Now, the company has added support for it to be more adaptive to devices. This update may take some time to reach all devices, and you can download it from APK Mirror from here, if you wish to implement it right away.

Separately, Australian media Nine.com reports that Instagram is working on a way to let the general public apply for the blue tick verification badge easily. The publication reports Instagram confirmed the local rollout, with a spokesperson adding, "This new feature will allow our community the opportunity to apply for verification themselves, and understand the process behind getting verified on Instagram. We believe opening up verification to the public will also work towards safeguarding our community."

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Photo Credit: Nine.com.au

The company is adding a public form inside the app, in the Settings menu, for users to apply for verification. This form is live for iOS users in Australia for now, and a few other unmentioned countries. It looks to roll it out to Android users in these regions in a few weeks. However, no fixed timeline has been announced for its commercial global rollout. For these select users, a new Request Verification option is showing up in Settings. The verification page asks for a Photo ID, full name and username. Once you submit this, Instagram will check your profile, according to the parameters the company has set, and will ascertain whether the user is worthy of the blue tick or not. The report notes that Instagram will assess the profile for notability, authenticity, uniqueness, and completeness.

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Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com. More
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