Instagram is reportedly working on a feature that would allow users to customize the order in which photos appear on their profile pages. The grid customization feature was recently discovered through an analysis of the app’s code.
The feature was discovered by app developer and reverse engineer specialist Alessandro Paluzzi who has discovered many other features in the app in the past, including paid subscriptions and the ability to upload photos from a desktop browser.
In his latest discovery, Paluzzi found a new option in the Profile Information page called “Edit Grid.” Through it, he discovered the ability to move photos in a profile around in a “drag and drop” format that allowed him to rearrange photos in any way he chose, freeing the profile page from showing photos and videos strictly in sequential order from most recent to oldest.
— Alessandro Paluzzi (@alex193a) January 10, 2022
The feature could greatly benefit photographers who want new visitors to see their best work first, which might not be what they shared most recently. While exciting, not all of the features Paluzzi discovers in the code become features that roll out to the general public and some do not even make it into the beta testing phase. Seeing the feature where it is now is not necessarily an indication it will be coming soon, if at all.
Engadget notes that it would not be particularly surprising to see it become a mainstay, however, as Instagram has spent a large amount of effort working with shops and businesses and a customizable home page would be a big feature they could use to better market products. Instagram has said that it plans to focus on shopping and video in 2022, so adjustments like a customizable profile page fit nicely into those goals.
Instagram has been making a lot of changes to its app in recent months including the ability to prevent websites from embedding images and efforts to bring back the chronological feed. Other adjustments have been more designed to combat the perception that the company is putting young users at risk (such as enhanced safety features and parental controls) and the fact that 60% of internet users don’t trust the company.