Date: Tuesday, June 7th, 2016, 08:42
Category: iOS, iPad, News, Software
Following an update on Monday, Instagram now allows users to share photos and videos directly to Instagram on iOS without having to first launch the app. Instagram version 8.2 includes an iOS extension that lets you share both photos and videos from Photos and other iOS apps directly to Instagram. The feature also lets you write a caption to accompany the photo or video, but filters and other editing features will still require launching the full app.
To enable the new extension, update to the latest version of Instagram, tap the share button and swipe to the far right of the colored app icons then tap ‘More’. Toggle Instagram on, arrange it on the list where you’d like it placed, then tap done. Now Instagram will appear in the share sheet where sharing photos is supported. This works in Apple’s Photos app as well as other apps including Google Photos and the official Reddit app.
Apple has enabled third party app extensions since iOS 8’s debut in 2014 and an Instagram sharing extension has been high on users’ lists since then. Prior to iOS 8, Apple offered integration with Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and Vimeo, but other third-party apps weren’t built in to the share sheet. Next up on the feature request list for Instagram: an official iPad app please.
Instagram is available for free and requires iOS 7.0 or later to install and run.
If you’ve tried the sharing extension and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.