Instagram's New Feature Might Mean You'll Spend Even MORE Time In The App

11 August 2016, 14:21 | Updated: 8 May 2017, 17:09

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Nicky Idika

By Nicky Idika

Users have been begging for this feature for years and it has finally arrived.

Can we officially refer to this summer as The Summer Of The Photo App? It seems like every time Instagram announces something, Snapchat announces something even juicer. Or is it the other way around? 

Either way, it's been the requisite twenty four hours since Snapchat announced something so here is some news from the Instagram side of things. The popular photo sharing app is rolling out a drafts feature. For now, only some users can see the option to save their photos in drafts, but it certainly seems like one of those things the app developers hope to clean up before a general roll out. 

Here's how it's going to work. 

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You know how it can take you anywhere from 5-30 minutes to upload an Instagram update? First you have to take the right picture; then you have to choose the right filter in your third party app of choice; then you have to migrate it to Instagram; this is followed by some carefully crafted caption language and, of course, emoji choices.

If you know these feels (of course you do), then you definitely know that not everyone has all the time in the world to perfect their Insta portrait in one sitting.

Instagram's newest feature will allow users to save their photo progress in the app instead of having to do everything at once.

Simply upload or take the photo with the app's in built camera, do some light editing/captioning, hit the 'back' option instead of 'next' and you'll see an on screen prompt that says "if you go back now, your image edits will be discarded". From there, choose the "save in drafts" option and voilà!  

Instagram doesn't currently have a content queuing feature, but this could possibly mean users may be able to set a photo up for a certain time and then hit 'upload' later if they're planning an announcement or special post.  

This is exciting! Wonder what Snapchat will announce to top this!