Instagram Is Experimenting With New Home Screen Layouts That Add Dedicated Reels And Shop Tabs

Facebook-owned Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms in the world, and the app was popular even before Facebook acquired it. Since it was acquired by Facebook, Instagram has been grown even popular, and back in the year 2016, it made the first of its several major changes when it changed its logo. This week, the company started testing new designs for Instagram’s home screen that will see the addition of dedicated tabs for Shopping as well as Reels. Although the company rolled out the shopping feature a while back, this is the first time the company is highlighting this feature like this. Instagram has been testing a dedicated Reels tab in Brazil, France, India, and Germany where it saw ‘momentum’ with the new TikTok-like feature.

On Wednesday, the company announced in a tweet that it is experimenting with the arrangements of various icons on the bottom as well as the top-right menus in the Instagram application. The current home screen of the app which we regularly use offers five tabs of the bottom. With the middle button, you can create new Instagram posts, while the other four icons lead users to the Explore page, Activity page, home screen, and their own profile page. On the other hand, you can access the inbox from the button available in the top-right corner.

In the three possible home screen layouts which are being currently tested by the company, you will see a slightly different arrangement. Although the company is testing these new layouts, it is possible that you may see one of these new home screen layouts on the Instagram app in the future. It seems that the Reels feature which was recently rolled out will soon get its own icon in the home screen of the app, while the company also plans to add a Shopping tab somewhere on Instagram’s home screen.

In the new variations of the home screen layouts, the Activity and Explore sections have been moved to the top-right corner of the home screen, while the dedicated tabs for Shop and Reels are available at the bottom of the screen. In comparison, the other home screen layout is bolder and all the six tabs are placed at the bottom of the screen. In this layout, the company has placed the new post button at the top-right next to the inbox button.

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