It was 5:30 in the morning when I first hopped online the other day and saw everyone flipping the heck out about the new Instagram algorithm update — the one where Insta will order pictures in your newsfeed based on how interested the app feels you'll be, instead of chronologically. Don't stress, though, because I'm going to show you how to turn Instagram post notifications on, so that you never miss the pictures you're wanting to see. Sure, the whole thing seems a little complicated — but it'll also give us a more personalized Instagram experience. Fun, right?
Turning on post notifications is actually super easy to do, but let's be clear about one thing before we move on: This algorithm update is not happening right now for everyone. Instagram is rolling out the update very slowly to a small audience while continuing to test the new feature. Did you notice anything funny about your newsfeed this morning? No? Me either. It's because it's still chronological, as Eva Chen pointed out yesterday.
Now, having said all that, the change is definitely coming soon, and not everyone is thrilled about it. So what can you do to ensure that you won't miss the posts you absolutely have to see? Let's use me as an example. I know that I would lose my mind if I missed one of Bustle's post. So, I'm going to "turn on notifications" so that whenever Bustle shares a pic, Instagram will let me know. You see the three little dots in the top right corner of Bustle's main profile page? Click 'em. (Or tap them, if you're on the app and not on the full Instagram website. Totally your call.)
Clicking this will bring up a new window with all these options. Click "Turn on Post Notifications," and rest easy knowing that you're never going to miss a single fabulous post from Bustle's Instagram. And it's really as easy as that. Of course, you can also turn off the post notifications at any point.
Sure, it might feel like a major pain in the can to have to do this with every Instagram account you love; but we at least have a solution to the panic that is ensuing over this latest change. (And remember, folks, this is something Facebook and Twitter have already employed.) Instagram on, my friends.
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