The photo-messaging mobile application Instagram that is owned by Facebook is reportedly testing “tapping” as a replacement of scrolling through posts on the platform. The social firm is testing the tap-to-advance feature to navigate between posts in the Explore section of the app.
“We’re always testing ways to improve the experience on Instagram and bring you closer to the people and things you love,” an Instagram spokesperson stated.
As of now, Instagram already provides an auto-advance feature in its “Videos You Might Like” section of Explore which automatically plays the next video when the last one finishes.
“As for whether this could come to the main feed, an Instagram spokesperson said it is not something they’re actively thinking about right now,” the report added.
The tap-to-advance feature was for the first time introduced by Snapchat. This feature reduces the user-effort of repeatedly using thumbstrokes. Thus, this creates a more relaxing browsing experience. It feature is already present in Instagram Stories and the company is looking forward to include it on the posts as well.