Instagram Just Changed Its UI, Here’s What You Need to Know

Instagram is known for switching things up when it comes to its user interface. Changes like these are pretty common because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up getting Instagram ever closer to its goal of having a perfect interface that users might enjoy. It turns out that yet another change has come into play, as spotted by Matt Navarra, although its perception has been rather mixed with all things having been considered and taken into account.

The change in question concerns two separate parts of the user interface. Firstly, the create button that you can tap in order to create reel, story or any other kind of post on the platform has been shifted to the bottom nav bar. More specifically, it can now be seen in the very center of this nav bar which is located on the bottom of the screen when you have the Instagram app opened up on your phone.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that the create button is not the only thing that has changed positions on the user interface for the Instagram smartphone app. The notifications center has been shifted to the top right corner as well, and that might make it more visible than might have been the case otherwise.

Visibility might be the primary concern here for Instagram, since the social media platform would obviously want the maximum number of users checking their notifications. Making the notifications section appear on the top right might prevent users from navigating a way from the app, since there is a chance that they might see a notification that will have one waiting for them there.

In spite of the fact that this is the case, a number of users have voiced their displeasure about this update. Meta certainly seems to be pulling the trigger on a number of changes fairly quickly, and this is creating a confusing environment for users since they never know what to expect from the next update that will be coming their way.

One piece of good news for Instagram users is that the shopping tab seems to be noticeably absent from the UI. That gives the impression that the social media platform is moving away from its ecommerce push. This might be related to Mark Zuckerberg saying that Meta will be cutting down on costs and prioritizing on fundamentals in the wake of a plummeting stock price as well as record low quarterly earnings. It will be interesting to see what comes next for Instagram as well as for Facebook.

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