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Instagram for iOS to Get Starred Chats, Chat Search Filters, Data Download


Image-sharing social network Instagram is reportedly testing some new features on its iOS version. With the latest version 35.0 of the Instagram iOS app, certain new features such as starred chats, search filters, and data download have been spotted and are said to be available soon for all users. Do note that these features might get cosmetic and feature modifications by the time they are rolled out widely.

Starred Chats
One of the new features we can expect Instagram’s iOS app to get is the ability to star or mark certain Direct Message threads. The button is said to be present right beside the Profile Info button on the top right of the chat, next to the Instagram username. “Long press a message in your inbox to to mark it with a star” says the description as reported by WABetaInfo.

Chat Search Filters
Instagram DM gets yet another feature that will allow users to filter between Inbox, Unread chats, and Starred chats. The feature will be available in the Search bar in Instagram Direct. According to the WABetaInfo report, Starred Chats might allow threads as well as separate messages to be stored in the new section.

Download Data
Apart from DM filters and settings, Instagram is also expected to add the ability of downloading personal user data from their servers in the form of a .zip archive that will be sent to your registered email address. Interestingly enough, this feature is also reported to be available on WhatsApp latest by May 25 this year.

Earlier this month, Instagram was spotted testing video and voice calling features in an APK teardown of the Instagram for Android app. With an attempt by the Facebook-owned image sharing service to take on arch rival Snapchat, these new features might soon be visible in the Instagram Direct Messages tab.