Instagram has announced that the app will bring back time-based feeds, as well as a way to show posts only from your favorite creators. The social media platform began testing these feeds earlier this year, rolling them out to all users on March 23. Now, you can choose from three Instagram feed views: Home, Following, and Favorites, where the latter two will show posts in order.
The first, called Home, is basically how the app has been structured for the past few years: you’ll see content based on whether Instagram’s algorithms think it will interest you. This option will also include suggested or recommended posts, which Mosseri said in his January announcement will become more common over time.
The second option is called Favorites. Like Nearby Friends, Favorites will be a list of up to 50 accounts you don’t want to miss. You can add your real IRL friends to this list, or the cast of a reality TV show you’re currently obsessed with. (No one is notified if you add or remove them from your favorites.) Anyone you add to your favorites list will also appear earlier on your timeline, via email from Instagram. The third option is called To follow. These will only be posts from the accounts you follow, in the order in which they were posted. That’s all! A throwback to the heyday of Instagram’s timeline feed.
How to Change Your Instagram Feed View
Starting March 23, all Instagram users should be able to switch their Instagram timeline view to Home (in Android under the Instagram header), Follow, or Favorites (and switch between them whenever they want). Simply press Home and select the desired source view from the drop-down menu in the upper left corner. Here you can also add accounts to your favorites.
Why don’t I have an Instagram timeline feed?
Instagram rolled out this app change to all users on March 23. To change your Instagram feed views, you need to make sure your app is up to date. You can do this by going to your App Store for iPhone or Google Play Store for Android and checking for pending updates to your app. You can also close the app or try restarting your phone to fix the problem. If all else fails, be patient; the change should be implemented soon enough.