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Instagram Playback Feature 2021: How To View, Share & Edit

Instagram is the latest social media platform to jump on the review trend of the year. The app has now announced Playback, a new feature that allows users to relive their stories from the past 12 months. Instagram Playback will select 10 stories for each user from the archive of stories they have posted during the year. Users can however edit these stories and add / remove some to customize the list as they wish.

After customization, the Playback can then be shared with your friends via your story. The feature is expected to be popular with Instagram users who will have the chance to share their best stories from the past year again.

How to share your Instagram reading?

Instagram users will see a message at the top of their feed inviting them to check out their reading. You can access the personalize reading page from here and follow the onscreen instructions to prepare for your own reading. Check out the images below.

Users can choose a maximum of 10 stories for their 2021 reading. Users can also add links, stickers, etc. to those old stories.

Here’s how you can share your own Instagram reading. (Express photo)

This isn’t the first time Instagram has rolled out a feature intended for a year-end compilation. The app’s first nine photo grid was a very popular addition to the platform when it rolled out years ago. However, Instagram has since decided not to officially include the feature in subsequent years.

This has led many users to turn to third-party apps to create their own Instagram photo grids, at the cost of sharing their data with those apps. These apps often created grids with watermarks that users couldn’t get rid of.

With the new Instagram reading feature, the platform has finally brought back a version of the first nine features. However, this time around, it’s for the stories and not for the messages. The reading feature is also a limited-time addition and will likely be phased out by the end of the year.