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.
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?
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.
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.
Decent but would love these things
First of all I am using this app to divert my attention away from my insta feed. I understand some people want the Threads features to be integrated into the original Insta App, but I believe this app should still attain the less distraction purpose.
This app should include
- adding selected people , not just your close friends group. There are some people that aren’t in my close friends group that I want to dm, but also some people in my close friends group that I don’t want to dm. So adding this select option would be great
- integrate “category tabs”, like the general dms tab function from buisness accounts into this app. I like to prioritize some people over others. This function should also be added to the original Instagram app, I’d like to have at least three tabs for dms.
- add insta features and effects, I like to send my friends filter effect pics.
Other than that this app is great. I love the separated Dm environment.
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.
Life Less Destracted
I acknowledge there are some limitations to this app but in essence it keeps me from scrolling through Instagram wether it's my feed or stories. This is taking a fundamental aspect of Instagram and keeping it separate. I've put mostly all of my folks on my close friends lists except for employers, family, and aquatinaces. So it works great for me! I also love that it notifies me before Instagram does so I just naturaly stay away from wasting time.
Next I want a way to turn off stories. Too distracting. Thanks!
Okay, but, why?
Threads is a lot like Facebook Messenger, but without the games. You can messsage people and send pictures. These functions are available in the regular Instagram app, though, so what’s the point of Threads? There are also no filters. So the camera can get really boring really quickly if, like me, you don’t have much to send. I like the idea of themes, but the options currently available are very limited, and there isn’t a “custom” option. I don’t get what the point of this app is, but it just launched. Maybe after a few updates the purpose of the app will become evident.