Everything I need from instagram in one place- perfect for students!
This app surpassed my expectations. The layout is great, no distractions: essentially, this app is everything but Instagram posts in a user’s feed. Direct messages are very easy to access and are organized by friends to make it super simple to find conversations. The layout within the messages is very simple as well but still keeps the main Instagram functions including the reactions with emojis. Adding to a story is simple enough as well (although I rarely use it in general), and I enjoy the separated stories from close friends away from the rest, organized by time of publication.
The only part I wish were improved would be the view when someone sends a reel through messages. It’s not a big problem but the cut of the reel remains the same as a square post even if the reel has content on the top or bottom (and if you have the app, you can open it normally there).
This app has replaced the Instagram app on my phone since I love the clean finish and organization throughout. Highly recommend to anyone that wants the main features of Instagram, wants to stay social without spending hours scrolling mindlessly, or just wants to keep the messaging feature without much else. There are also some neat touches- like the status, which is a fun way to start conversations or see how others are going. Amazing.
Don't read the reviews, it was updated!
I see a lot of other reviews mention missing features and whatnot. The app must've been recently updated, since I didn't find anything missing (well, except chat themes) from the regular app. DMs to everyone, camera filters, replies and custom emoji replies, pretty much everything. It even has some features that the regular app doesn't have, like a way to see a list of all sent images in a chat.
I was literally think the other day "wouldn't it be cool if the communication part of ig was available as a separate app?" And lo and behold, this thing was brought to my attention! Truly ideal if you constantly find yourself opening ig to reply to a message only to have yourself sucked into the feed and finding two hours later that you didn't even do the thing that you intended in the first place. This is a great solution for procrastinators alike. Procrastinators who also need to reply to people's messages.
Please allow the app to upload more than just 15 seconds to our story ;/ I want to start using auto caption for a business i work for, and we normally just record a whole video and upload to our story. However, though threads will auto caption the entire video (let’s say, a 45 second vid), it will only POST the first 15 seconds to the story. Even if i send the story to an individual, they only see the first 15 seconds. it is a hassle to break up our videos perfectly into 15 seconds just to close caption it. why not offer this in the main app for accessibility???? i have deaf family members who would LOVE this to be a common thing.
also WHY is the camera button so far?? the three people it “recommends” i don’t even EVER message them??? i always accidentally click their film button instead of the regular camera and it tries to send to them
Where is hands-free?!
Using this app to add subtitles to Instagram stories and videos (why isn’t this function available within Instagram already to make it more accessible for those with hearing impairments?!) and while I appreciate the filters and gifs from my Instagram account now being a part of this app, the one feature I really need is hands-free. I need to record tutorials and how-tos using both of my hands with my phone attached to a tripod, so I can’t keep my finger on the record button. This feels like a big oversight! And as mentioned above, why does this need to be a separate app - can’t you just add subtitle capabilities to the main Instagram app? You can send Instagram stories to close friends only already, so I don’t see this point of any of this being separate.
Half the time it works
Worked great until about a week ago, now I have tried several times to get a few different videos to caption and for whatever reason it turns the video from upright to sideways (and cuts off half the video) when trying to add captions and I cannot fix it no matter how many times I will re-save a video and try it again. The length of the video does not seem to matter, it’s happened both with 30 second and 15 second videos. Also if music is playing and I try to record it tends to freeze and blur the screen. If I hit the button to record again it stays frozen to the screen but will record a video...I just can’t see it until I’m done. If it doesn’t do that then the whole app freezes and I have to close it and try again. If they can fix these ASAP the app would be much better.
It’s the lack of features for me 😒
I know I’m late to the party and all, but dang, I don’t even know if this party was worth coming to.
Auto-captioning works great (granted, I haven’t thrown any obnoxious words at it to try to figure out yet), but I want my video filters! Not the crazy face changing ones, just the whole camera/vibey ones. And you can’t change the font of the captioning like you can in your regular stories.
If the captioning is really the only special thing you can do in this app - you can already private message a video to your friends in the main app, tf? - why not just make that a new feature IN THE MAIN APP? Y’all are taking up space on my phone for.......what exactly?
Nagging notification every time the app opens
I use Threads as an alternative to the Instagram app, since I want to reduce my usage without fully disconnecting from Instagram. I also have major privacy concerns about the whole Facebook system. For that reason, I only allow the Threads app access to selected photos rather than my entire photo library. Every time I open the app, a notification comes up asking me to allow the app to access all my photos, and I can’t proceed without answering the notification. This is annoying, and it’s completely unnecessary since I don’t want the app to access all my photos which is why I didn’t allow it to in the first place. Removing this feature (and all the other ways Facebook’s apps try to encroach on user privacy) would drastically improve my experience as a user
Enjoying the app but
I tried the app when I heard about it and I’m enjoying it so far. It’s smooth and not buggy, I haven’t been using the camera as much and I’ve read a couple reviews and found out that it’s been crashing so I would suggest you work on that. However I’m here because whenever I type something and accidentally leave the chat. Whatever I have typed would be deleted and I’ll have to retype everything again. As someone who moves to different apps all the time, it is very annoying to retype everything all over again just because I left the app and it has cleared what I typed. Hope you can work on this quickly.
A good start, but not enough
I like the idea of using a separate messaging app for instagram much like messenger can for facebook. It allows me a way to communicate with friends who only use ig to talk without getting sucked into binging on feeds. But the dm section is limited. It cant reply to messages or react to them either other than heart. Update these areas and id rate this a 5.
I mean since there is cross platform compatibility, why not just build all of this into messenger already? Like have ig dms work from messenger regardless of which platform either person is using. But this is more wishful than necessary. So add the fixes mentioned above and we’re good.
Cannot video call friends!!
My friends (in a group chat) can video call me but when I try to call them, other groups chats, and individual people, it fails. Please fix this!!! I’m enjoying the app and it’s making me a happier person, despite having to add 20 people to my close friends list, not being able to upload photos from my camera to my story, and etc.
I would also like to use all the stickers from the public story and the option for this to be just close friends or everyone else who follows you.
I wold also like to see the time that messages are sent, it’s a basic function which should be there.
PLEASE PUT STORY VIEWING BACK!! I use the app so much less because I need to look at stories, as they’re quite personal most of the time.