Instagram Just Added FIVE New Features And One Of Them Is A Snapchat Classic

21 December 2016, 11:55 | Updated: 8 May 2017, 17:09

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Katie Louise-Smith

By Katie Louise-Smith

Well, you know what they say... ~stealing~ is best form of flattery.

Sound the alarms for a new Instagram update has just landed and they're introducing FIVE new features to Stories - and one of them has been snatched straight from Snapchat.

We all know Instagram has been trying to jack Snapchat's aesthetic all year. And in all fairness, Snapchat has done the same on a few occasions but this latest update might just be the final straw. Here's all the new features that'll soon be at your fingertips.

1) You will now be able to record hands free.


Instead of having to hold down the camera button to shoot video (like Snapchat), Instagram has blessed us with an option to record video at the touch of one button. Simply swipe along the bottom of the camera screen - you'll see 'normal, 'boomerang' and then 'hands free'.

2) You can now add more than one text box.


Ok, this is a feature we seriously wish Snapchat had. Instagram Stories will now also give you option to add more than one text box to your story... meaning you can make conversational masterpieces.

3) You can now save your ENTIRE story at the click of one button. 


If you're going to steal from Snapchat, make sure you steal well and don't skimp on the details. Before this update, Instagram only allowed you to save each clip of your story individually, making for a pretty jam packed camera roll. Now, you can simply tap the save button and voila you'll have the full story saved in one file.

4) For a limited time, you can spice up your stories with holiday themed brushes and stickers.


Until Mariah Carey declares the festive season over, you will be able to bring a touch of extra festiveness to your stories. There's a candy cane brush and stickers of snowmen, gingerbread men and mistletoe. 

5) You can now add location and temperature to your stories. 


Damn Instagram, back at it again with the sneaky Snapchat features. Insta now lets you add filters to your pics, such as temperature, geo-location filters and time. Instead of swiping, the filter acts as a sticker. Tap the smiley face option in the top right corner of the screen and there you have it.


Yaaaaas, Instagram. 


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