Instagram for Windows 10 Mobile grabs new Stories feature in latest update

Instagram users on Windows 10 Mobile can rejoice as Instagram has been updated to 9.575.8218 and with comes the new Stories feature.

Stories from Instagram was announced on August 2 making this a nearly four-week turnaround before Windows 10 Mobile grabbed the feature. Stories has been compared to Snapchat's Stories right down to the same options like on-screen drawing, serial videos, and disappearing content (after 24-hours).

After the update and first launch users may need to relaunch the Instagram app to see the Stories feature, which lives in the main feed near the top.

It is not clear if other optimizations and fixes are included with the Instagramupdate, but we'll keep an eye out.

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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

148 Comments
  • yay support
  • Next up...Facebook Live...I hope
  • I had that live feature for like 1 time when i opened Facebook but looks like it disappeared...
  • Hmm weird
  • For me Facebook opened once and has been crashing since.
  • Sorry to hear that. Works well here.
  • The one time it opened, i really liked it. Especially viewing videos. It used to open within the app unlike before.
  • Try moving it to Phone Storage thats what i did and it doesnt crush but ofc it eats 500 mb (nearly)  
  • Agreed.
  • We also need news feed from the new Facebook app to show up in the people app/hub
  • That was available for 8.1 I think
  • Of course it was.
  • Would be nice.
  • I think Facebook Live support is there in the app
  • I can view other people's Live feeds in the app, but not make my own unfortunately
  • The whole concept of OneCore and UWP works a treat, always good to see
  • Instagram is not a UWP, it is built on Osmeta which facebook bought.
  • I know that, point is would they bother without Windows 10 Desktop actually making a legitimate case for the platform as a whole?
  • Osmeta not works that well I think. They really having hard time to port a app. Beta stage takes about 1-2 months. Why beta? Just release it. And that black bar on top. I wish they make that app with Islandwood
  • I wish they would switch to Xamarin, it's by far the best framework out there. Betas are important though, to get feedback from a limited set of users really helps to improve everything long term, it also means we get access to apps a lot earlier than we normally would.
  • I don't think these osmeta ported apps work that well either. there's something to be said about the slow initial load time for all these Facebook apps. Also, i've experienced issues with touch input where touch stops working for only Facebook apps (facebook's own FB app, instagram, messenger). Touch would work fine in any other app and the os of course. Even force closing the app doesn't fix it. It requires a reboot to get those apps to work again.
  • I've run into that issue many times too, quite annoying but luckily I don't really use Facebook much at all
  • Also, sometimes auto suggest doesn't work in the FB app.  Strange issues but hopfully they'll be fixed.
  • It's most likely down to the code optimisation. For instance the messenger app worked decentl (interms of responsiveness - compared to now) on the threshold, well for me any way. Now it's just bleugh...sometimes my IMs get chopped into several segments and in a large group that occurs constantly.
  • Yeah once you get that glitch on one FB app it affects the others, which is a very weird bug, I hope they finally polish this apps with almost no bugs or that we don't notice them at least
  • Yes I too have that issue. Don't know when they will fix that. I generally don't care about crashes but this app crashes so many times and sometimes while posting something the crashes are very frustating.
  • I couldn't upload video with it on my 950XL, gallery takes long to load, and sometimes app won't respond to touch. I agree it doesn't work well. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Try reinstalling the app
  • Always good to see this kind of updates
  • Wow...unprecedented support for a Windows app. Awesome to see....platform is hitting its groove after the anniversary update.
  • Loading the image is a lot faster and the loading animation circle is smaller now.
  • And crashing on startup, well done
  • Same :(
  • Reinstalling fixes it, now works great!!!
  • Reinstalling right now!
  • ++ if you use FB, now it works great with the new fb app!
  • What do you mean works great with the fb app
  • when you choose to sign in via fb it opens the app
  • Crashed for me too. Sad to see you get downvoted for making an observation in the comments.
  • A phone restart after the update fixed mine. :-)
    - Lumia 640XL user here
  • Same here. ☹
  • Great to see new features arriving quite quickly... These ported apps (IG, FB, Messenger) are SO unstable and often unresponsive/slow on my 950 though. Something isn't quite right about any of them...
  • I have to agree with you on the Facebook app from.facebook is slow buggy and scrolling is horrible which is why I am.still.using the Microsoft version but the new Instagram app is great.
  • Of the three, Messenger is most reliable for me. Instagram is like scrolling through treacle for some reason and the new stories just crash when I try and add/edit text on an image... It's great that they're making the effort to get them ported over, and so relatively quickly, but the quality just isn't right just yet.
  • Exactly. I don't know why Instagram has such clunky scrolling. And FB crashes the first time I try to open it every time and then takes 25 seconds to launch the next time. Whole process takes a full minute. Messenger is slow to load, but works great.
  • Sounds like we're having the same experience. Glad they're all works in progress though.
  • Instagram and Facebook are the best for me. Messenger is unusable. Facebook and ig is smooth. Using the beta version of fb though
  • Seems they've created quite an inconsistent experience for everyone then!
  • FB Beta.. I've install/uninstall numerous times.. It just freezes after launch... (on L1520).. I use Edge now..
  • All apps are reliable for me on the 950xl anniversary release production. The only thing about facebook/messenger is that they initially take a bit of time to load. Once loaded though they just stay in memory and i use task switcher and works fine for me.
  • Well hopefully the people complaining about not having snap chat will stop. We have the clone now. Lol
  • Other than the fact that Instagram pictures/stories don't disappear.
  • Stories do disappear
  • Oh, well I stand corrected then.
  • stories do not apear to me... i've uninstall and install again, close the app, open again, made a soft reset and nothing
  • Fantastic to see, just updated and works really well.
  • It's nice to see features coming up, but Instagram takes up 400 mb on my phone. I believe it's cached data but I don't know how to erase it..anyone?
  • Delete the app and install it again. That's the only way.
  • All these ported apps taking huge amount of space in the phone. But have no choice to accept it and use.
  • Off topic but office lens got updated too
  • This update is MUCH MUCH faster than it used to be and they got rid of the stupid suggested people crap. I like it!
  • Actually they moved that suggested people menu to your profile, check it out. And yes its really useless. I mean I set my profile to private and I really dont want some people to find me lol.
  • This is a great update... Now lets get that Facebook Live on mobile update.
  • I appreciate all the new features that coming to the Instagram app but I really do want to allow Insta pushing the notifications as the battery saver is on. There is no options for that under the app in the settings.
  • That's an option in battery saver. You can allow the app to run in the background even when battery saver is on.
  • Actually there is no options to allow the insta app specifically.
    This is a screenshot for what it shows me when I tap on the app to allow it..
    http://m.ctrlv.in/834766
  • Oh sorry then, my bad
  • But are you able to allow it as the battery saver is on ? I just want to know is it just me or everyone..
  • My phone displays an option to "always allow in the background".
  • So I consider then to reinstall the OS once again and see if its fixed because I dont think that's the app bug.. Anyway thanks mate.
  • now all we need is that Facebook Live and Messenger Video calling.....FB get your game up SAANN
  • the stories thing is not aprearing to me on my 950 or 930, i heaven re install it... am i doing something wrong???
  • Yep, same here. Le sigh
  • I had to uninstall, reinstall, open the app, close the app, then open it again and there it was.
  • i´ve done that... nothing new... even made a soft reset and nothing
  • About damn time. I almost thought they left us in the dirt again :(
  • So excited. Finally I can watch stories on any phone I use!
  • So Instagram has a new feature called stories and your only description of what it does is to say it's the same as the stories feature in Snapchat. Not very helpful for people who don't have Snapchat, i.e. everyone on Windows Phone.
  • i looked it up on youtube theres a pretty nice video explaining how everything works, but our app isn't quite as fluent.
  • Paypal for WP8.1 is gone. Did I miss that article? Anyway, I'm happy for you Instagram users finally getting a bone thrown your way.
  • Which device you have??
  • My wife doesn't even have this update on her IPhone. Very nice.
  • She probably hasn't updated, I have had stories on my iPhone for weeks now.
  • An update is an update, especially with big new features, I think it's great to see !!!
  • My app now don't open after update..
  • Install to device memory
  • Make them interactive both messenger, fb, twitter whatsapp, and Instagram
  • I notice it closes faster now. It used to take long to close after pressing the back button.