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Instagram is testing a new tap-to-advance in Explore because they know your thumb is tired

This new test feature should help you breeze through content much quicker.

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Instagram is currently testing a new way to move through Explore that should look familiar. Some users are being asked to test tap-to-advance. It could possibly replace scrolling in this part of the app.

As part of the test, some Instagram users can now fast forward through Explore using a familiar tap as you can do through Stories. Those being asked to use the new tool are receiving messages that say “Introducing a new way to move through posts — Tap through posts, just like you tap through stories.”

In confirming the testing, an Instagram spokesperson told TechCrunch:

We’re always testing ways to improve the experience on Instagram and bring you closer to the people and things you love.

This new test sounds a lot like something Snapchat does

TechCrunch also noted Instagram was not “actively thinking” about bring this type of feature to the main feed.

The tap-to-advance feature was perfected by Snapchat and later carried over to Instagram’s Stories. Many find it much easier to move between content versus scrolling. Personally, I like it because it helps me breeze through the content much quicker.

It remains to be seen whether tap-to-advance rolls out to everyone and if so, when. Many tests, on Instagram and elsewhere, never get past the development stage. Nonetheless, it’s just the latest in a long series of changes coming to the service.

In recent months, the app has added many new features including nametag, browser notifications, safeguards against bullying, and many more.

Are you happy to see this type of test happening on Instagram? Let us know in the comments below.

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Bryan considers himself a well-rounded techie, having written articles for MakeUseOf, KnowTechie, AppAdvice, iDownload Blog. When he's not writing, he's being a single dad and rooting for his alma mater, Penn State, or cheering on the Patriots.

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