Instagram is reportedly working on a feature that will allow users to respond to stories with voice messages and images, according to the details shared by the feature tracking tool. The social platform for sharing pictures and videos recently added support for likes stories, which would send users a reaction instead of a message in the inbox.
Although the company has yet to reveal any details about the feature currently under development, it recently introduced a new product tagging feature for users in the U.S., which was previously exclusive to business and creator accounts on the platform.
The Meta-owned social network is now working on a new feature that can allow users to respond to stories with their voice or image, as popular app developer Alessandro Paluzzi noted over the weekend. The microphone icon and image icon are shown on the screenshot of the Instagram story response interface, which was probably discovered by reverse-engineering the app. The screenshot does not reveal whether this feature was applied to the iOS or Android version of the app.
— Alessandro Paluzzi (@alex193a) March 26, 2022
Voicemail replies can be useful for users who want to respond quickly to a message without typing it. This could shorten the process of tapping a user’s profile at the top of their story and then tapping the Message button on their profile to send a voice message or picture after viewing the story.
Users can currently reply to stories with one of eight “Quick Reactions” emojis, text messages, or GIF replies. On March 25, Paluzzi revealed that Instagram is also working on the possibility of liking stories on the desktop after it recently announced a feature on iOS and Android. However, it is worth noting that not all features in development, such as the ability to respond to stories with voice messages and images, will eventually be announced. Instagram has yet to reveal any details of the feature observed in the development of the mobile version of the app.