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Instagram Accidentally Switched from Vertical Scrolling to Horizontal Tapping


If you opened up Instagram today, you may have been surprised to find that the vertical scrolling method of browsing content had been replaced with a completely different horizontal tap-based scroll. You weren’t alone, and the outcry was immediate. The good news is the switch was an accident and isn’t a permanent change to Instagram.

If you saw your timeline orientation changed, the first thing you saw when opening up Instagram was a notice that read, “Introducing a New Way to Move Through Posts.”

Screenshot via Engadget

Instead of swiping up and down on your screen as usual to move through content, the new means of navigation involves tapping on the right side of your screen to move to the next post.

Social media was instantly flooded with users reacting negatively to the abrupt change.

Instagram head Adam Mosseri quickly took to Twitter and explained that while the horizontal tap navigation was indeed a feature Instagram had developed, it was only supposed to be a small scale test among a tiny subset of users, something that Instagram regularly does to test new ideas for features and design changes.

But instead of being released to the small group of users, Instagram accidentally pushed it out broadly to a huge percentage of its community.

So if you were upset at the change, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Just restart your app and you’ll see things returned back to the way things were.