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Instagram introduced galleries and here's what we think about it

Now, you can Insta-share a whole album of your cats

By Lydia Chan | Published: 23 Feb 2017

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Instagram has upped its game and unveiled a new gallery feature that allows you to upload up to 10 images and videos in a single post. The social media app made the announcement with a short how-to on (where else?) its own Instagram account.

 

Surprise! 🎉 Swipe left on the post above to see more. Starting today, you can share up to 10 photos and videos in one post on Instagram. With this update, you no longer have to choose the single best photo or video from an experience you want to remember. When uploading to your feed, you’ll see a new icon to select multiple photos and videos. It’s easy to control exactly how your post will look. You can tap and hold to change the order, apply a filter to everything at once or edit one by one. These posts have a single caption and are square-only for now. On a profile grid, you’ll notice the first photo or video of a post has a little icon, which means there’s more to see. And in feed, you’ll see blue dots at the bottom of these posts to let you know you can swipe to see more. You can like and comment on them just like a regular post. This update is available as part of Instagram version 10.9 for iOS in the Apple App Store and for Android on Google Play. To learn more, check out help.instagram.com.

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The new update works on both the mobile app and browser. It's a whole new way to share your life on social media, but is it all a good thing?

Pros
1. No more having to scroll and scroll and scroll when someone spam-uploads several pictures at once (we all know that one person).
2. The gallery also includes everyone's favourite Boomerangs.
3. You can easily make day-in-the-life posts (check out Eva Chen's Insta-gallery for inspiration).
4. If Instagram releases an update, this might push Snapchat to release something new too (we can hope!).

Cons
1. I don't want to see yet another gallery of you and your boyfriend's #couplegoals on another social media site (especially when you already do that on Facebook).
2. More time spent on Instagram (but is that even a con, though?).

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