This morning Instagram began rolling out a new update that vastly changed the main feed of the app. Instead of scrolling up and down to view content, it forced users to tap left or right, utilizing a horizontal, Stories-like approach. Instagram initially tested the design in October, exclusively on the Explore page.
With the update, which has since been taken down, new posts took up the entire screen, as did advertisements, and the only way to maneuver through them was, again, tapping left or right, as opposed to the traditional vertical scrolling. The old design was still available through Instagram.com, however, allowing you to scroll up and down, in addition to the Explore page on the app.
Evidently the update was only intended to be tested in a small scale, instead of coming to a large portion of users. To revert back to the previous version of Instagram, simply restart the app.
That was supposed to be a very small test that went broad by accident. Should be fixed now. If you're still seeing it simply restart the app. Happy holidays! ?
— Adam Mosseri (@mosseri) December 27, 2018
Regardless, with such a considerable change, many users have taken to Twitter to express their disapproval of the Instagram update, as well as appreciation for the quick turnaround. After getting a look at some of the responses below, hit the comments with your thoughts on the horizontal design.
snapchat developers watching instagram slowly ruin their brand #instagramupdate pic.twitter.com/XKzA7SGzms
— cassidy (@vscomomo) December 27, 2018
What the heck @instagram ?!! Have you been drinking?!!
— Drake Bell (@DrakeBell) December 27, 2018
Instagram: Check out this ? new update pic.twitter.com/t8IPDpekzX
— Karen Howell (@karenehowell) December 27, 2018
I am very grateful that my instagram is still in the old version ?
— KucaiMars (@kucaimarss) December 27, 2018
The Instagram update is like when McDonald’s started making wraps. You had a good thing going. Just stick to burgers and fries baby.
— Samuel J Comroe (@SamuelJComroe) December 27, 2018
*New Instagram updates*
everyone right now: pic.twitter.com/RdPomKSOvr
— The Doctor of Philosophy (@evildead8888) December 27, 2018
Me tryna figure out WTF instagram is doing ? pic.twitter.com/ERndclsk0U
— Overtime (@overtime) December 27, 2018
*Everyone when they saw the new update* #instagramupdate #Instagram @instagram pic.twitter.com/HxE0sGtEDK
— Dean Cox (@deanjcox02) December 27, 2018
Why did Instagram turn into tinder
— Spencer Sutherland (@Spencermusic1) December 27, 2018
Me when I saw that Instagram update pic.twitter.com/irTulldFdh
— Doug The Pug (@itsdougthepug) December 27, 2018
This new Instagram update pic.twitter.com/9rzcn607uF
— Zara Larsson (@zaralarsson) December 27, 2018
Instagram pulled a post and delete on us with this new #instagramupdate ? pic.twitter.com/kUUmMTCA8v
— xoNecole (@xonecole) December 27, 2018
Me: this year can’t get any worse than it already is… #instagramupdate
— Louise (@vic_tav_fan) December 27, 2018
Old Instagram coming back after #instagramupdate got roasted pic.twitter.com/4opmta6JqT
— 6’7- Eleven Inches (@LebandzJames3) December 27, 2018
Instagram tryna punish us for not watching IGTV
— Elliot Tebele (@FuckJerry) December 27, 2018
Some guy at the Instagram office probably just got fired
— Benjamin Ingrosso (@BenjyIngrosso) December 27, 2018
Did #Instagram just have a 10-minute long identity crisis because sis me too
— lilja ? (@ruislilja) December 27, 2018
Everyone at the Twitter and Snapchat headquarters knowing everyone coming back to them cause the new Instagram update ??#instagram #instagramupdate #instagramdown #instagrammers pic.twitter.com/hfAg2l5mOs
— lil water bottle ❌ (@x_unf0) December 27, 2018
— chaos (@WhosChaos) December 27, 2018
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