Instagram Testing New Carousel-Style Design to View Stories on Desktop

An Instagram spokesperson confirmed the testing of the new design for Stories on desktop, as per a report.

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Instagram Testing New Carousel-Style Design to View Stories on Desktop

It is not clear yet if the new design for Instagram Stories on desktop will roll out to more users

Highlights
  • Instagram Stories could appear in a carousel in the new design
  • Currently, the single-tile format for Stories takes up the full page
  • It is not clear if and when the new design will roll out to all users

Instagram is testing a new design for viewing stories on desktop. In the new look, Instagram Stories are expected to appear in a carousel, instead of the current single-tile format that takes up the entire page. A company spokesperson confirmed to a publication that testing of the new feature is indeed underway. The report suggests that navigation will remain the same – users will have to manually click through the Stories or can choose to let them play one after the other automatically. It is not clear yet if and when the new design will be rolling out to more users.

As per a report by Engadget, an Instagram spokesperson confirmed that a new design for Stories is being tested. The new look had been appearing to a “small group” of Instagram users last month onwards, as per the spokesperson. Gadgets 360 has reached out to Instagram to seek further clarity. This report will be updated when we hear back.

The new design for Instagram Stories will make it easier to keep track of where you are in the Stories queue. Up until now, when you check a Story on Instagram for desktop, it takes up the entire screen. There is no option to swipe to the next person's story, although there are navigation buttons.

If this change rolls out to a wider audience, it will make Instagram on desktop a cleaner user experience and could be particularly beneficial for those who use desktop for Instagram on a regular basis. Users will be able to view the last few people's stories and the next few in a queue, and one single story won't take up the entire screen.

If Facebook decides to roll out the new Instagram functionality to a wider audience, it is likely that more users will receive the new design for Stories on desktop before it is officially launched.


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Tanishka Sodhi Tanishka Sodhi is a sub-editor at Gadgets 360. As a journalist, she has covered education, culture, and media and mental health. She is interested in the intersection of technology and culture, and its impact on everyday lives. Tanishka is a staunch advocate of gender equality, and the correct use of commas. You can get in touch with her via Twitter at @tanishka_s2 or drop a mail at tanishkas@ndtv.com. More
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