Instagram, the popular photo-sharing app owned by Meta, is bringing some changes to its navigation bar. As announced by Meta in a support article, the Shop tab will be removed from the Instagram app in February 2023, and some other changes will be rolled out to make it easier for people to “share and connect with their friends and interests.”
The changes to the navigation bar will include the create new post button replacing the Reels button at the center of the navigation bar at the bottom. This will make it easier for users to quickly post photos and videos on the app. The Reels button, meanwhile, will be moved to the right side of the navigation bar at the bottom. It will allow users to create and discover short-form videos on the app.
The Shop tab will be removed from the homepage, and the button to create a new post on Instagram will be placed at the center of the navigation bar at the bottom. Instagram introduced shopping features in its mobile app in 2018 and added a new Shop tab to the home screen of its app in 2020. The social media giant said that these changes would simplify the user experience and make it easier for people to find what they are looking for on the app.
The app is also introducing a ‘Stories Highlights’ feature which will allow users to create collections of stories and share them with their followers.