Instagram is moving further and further away from its mobile-centric routes. Instagram has just announced that Stories can now be watched on desktop Internet browsers.
Normally, users would have to upload or view stories using the smartphone application only. The Instagram website is notoriously limited in its ability to use the social media platform, leaving most of the functionality to the app itself.
However, the dividing line between the two browsing methods is becoming increasingly blurred with this latest development.
Heading to the desktop site, you’ll now be able to browse stories at the top of your feed, just like you’d expect when using the app. Since you can’t necessarily tap your desktop’s screen, left and right arrows have been included for convenience.
“Stories has quickly become an important part of the Instagram experience — over 250 million people use it every day to see what their friends are doing in the moment,” said Instagram. “Now we’re excited to bring stories to people who use Instagram on the web.”
Instagram also says it will soon be enabling the creation of stories via mobile Web browsers, without plans of desktop story creation as of now. Photo uploading already came to mobile browsers back in May, and photographers have since found a way to use that functionality to upload photos from the desktop.
The new Desktop updating is being rolled out now to users around the world, and mobile browser Story creation is expected to arrive sometime in the coming months.