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Instagram Adding Support for Dark Mode on iOS 13

According to Instagram’s head of product Vishal Shah, the tab was removed for the sake of simplicity

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Facebook, Messenger and Instagram apps are displayed on an iPhone, March 13, 2019, in New York. VOA

Facebook-owned Instagram has updated its platform, adding support for iOS 13’s dark mode.

The update turns the entire Instagram interface dark including the feed, stories, the discover tab and the new design is a mix of dark gray along with black colour, news portal iMore reported on Monday.

Other than a difference in look, dark mode on apps will also save battery on phones with OLED screens

Right now, only iOS 13 users can update their apps and get the new Instagram theme.

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FILE – The Instagram icon is displayed on a mobile screen in Los Angeles. VOA

One can simply find the latest update in the App store, if the app is not already set for auto-updates.

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Additionally, Instagram is removing its Following tab, the activity feed which displays what posts friends are liking, commenting on and following.

According to Instagram’s head of product Vishal Shah, the tab was removed for the sake of simplicity. (IANS)

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Instagram to Now Ask New Users to Provide Their Birthdate

Users will soon be able to restrict new messages from only people and groups they follow. The feature will arrive in the coming weeks

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Instagram app logo is displayed on a mobile screen in Los Angeles. VOA

Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform Instagram will now ask new users for their date of birth when an account is created.

Previously, Instagram users were required to confirm they were ages 13 or older when signing up, but they didn’t have to provide an exact birthday.

The new addition is Instagram’s attempt to better protect young users and provide a ‘more age-appropriate experience overall’.

“According to our Terms of Use, you must be at least 13-years old to have an account in most countries. Asking for this information will help prevent underage people from joining Instagram, help us keep young people safer and enable more age-appropriate experiences overall. Your birthday will not be visible to others on Instagram, but you’ll be able to see it when viewing your own private account information,” the company said a statement on Wednesday.

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Facebook, Messenger and Instagram apps are displayed on an iPhone, March 13, 2019, in New York. VOA

The firm noted that it will pull birthdates from Facebook for user’s who have connected their profile and editing your birth date on Facebook will do the same on Instagram.

For those who do not have a Facebook account, they can add or edit their date of birth directly on Instagram.

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Additionally, Instagram is also preparing a new feature to prevent strangers from sliding into your direct messages.

Users will soon be able to restrict new messages from only people and groups they follow. The feature will arrive in the coming weeks. (IANS)