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Instagram usually creates a lot of hype before it rolls out new features t the app. Yet, it hasn't uttered a word about the new payments feature. The new feature is rolling out is reportedly rolling out widely in the US.
Just go to your Instagram settings, and you might see a new option. The feature asks users to add their credit or debit card. There isn't much a user can buy from it, but the possibilities could be limitless. The payment UI has three tabs. Activity shows the things a user has recently bought on Instagram. The Profile tab is where users can add cards and contact info.Then there's the security tab where users can add a PIN to prevent unauthorized purchases via the app.
Instagram is yet to unlock the feature for most businesses, as for what can be purchased. However, some restaurants that work with reservation app Resy have added the option to pay via Instagram.
Native Instagram payments could prove to be a big deal for the app. Since a lot of retailers are active users of the app, mostly fashion and lifestyle companies.
Recently, at Facebook's F8 developer's conference, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Instagram will be getting the video chat feature soon. The app will also get a new filter that protects users from bullying comments. Additionally, enhancements to the Explore tab will also be seen in the future update.
Besides, the app is also said to be testing a bunch of new features such as reaction to Stories, slo-mo recording within the app camera and a mute button.
Instagram might be gearing up to launch a bunch of new features, it seems. A Twitter user @wongmjane posted few pictures of the various tests Instagram has conducted. Wong is a computer science student who looked through the app's code.
Instagram told The Verge it didn't "have anything to share on this right now," regarding the said tests. While the features are yet to be rolled out, it's at least fun to imagine that the platform is working on improving the experience of the users with some new features.