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Instagram tests functionality of a dedicated 'Reels' tab

As Instagram sees the popularilty of its short video feature 'Reels' surge, observers note that one of the flaws that impact the visibility of the feature is that a dedicated 'Reels' tab is not available on the home page. This creates friction in the user experience for those who want to discover 'Reels' content on the fly.

Since then, some German users of Instagram have reported seeing a new layout which features a 'Reels' tab at the bottom function bar. To make room for the new tab, Instagram has moved its 'Discover' tab to the top of the screen next to the 'Direct' tab. These are clear attempts by the platform to raise the significance of 'Reels' feature within Instagram.


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