Facebook has rightly channelized all the right features across Instagram and WhatsApp. Prior, it was Instagram Stories to WhatsApp and this time, it is the online status indicator feature that will let the Instagram users know when the other person is online. “Today we’re making it easier to connect with friends on Instagram by showing you when they’re available to chat, “ Instagram stated in a blog post.
This will help the people to connect better and avoid the misapprehension among the users.
When the online status indicator gets enabled, you will be able to see the green dot on the profile picture of the other user that means the other person is online and available to chat. The new ‘Online’ feature is just not limited to this; it will also let you see the status of the person with whom you have chatted in the past.
“When your friends are active on Instagram, you’ll see a green dot next to their profile picture in various spaces within the app, including the Direct inbox and your friend list when you share a post from the feed. You will only see the status of friends who follow you or people who you have talked to in Direct.”
The status indicator gives you the ability to have more of those real-time conversations while giving you the control to hide your status altogether.
But the new feature has a catch, much like WhatsApp, you can turn it off, and no one from your friend list will be able to see your online presence or your status update. “You can easily hide your own status and turn off the ability to see when your friends are active in your settings.” Doing so will also cut your access from seeing when your friends are online.
If you are still wondering, “How to check Instagram online status,” here it is:
- Open the app
- Go to Settings
- Look out for Privacy and Security
- Activity Status
Once there, you can toggle the status according to your will.
If we take a look at the screenshots Instagram posted on its blog post; it looks like the online feature will only show the availability of the other person and not his last seen (as in the WhatsApp and Messenger). The Facebook-owned company may later infuse it with the last seen option.
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