The war for your content between Instagram and Snapchat stories just got a little more heated. Instagram announced a new way to reply to your friend’s stories: with a photo or video, a feature that Snapchat currently doesn’t have.
The new reply feature, available today on both iOS and Android with the latest version of the app, is easy enough to use. Now, when you look at a friend’s story, you’ll see the familiar text box at the bottom, but with a camera icon to the left of it. Tap it to send a photo, video, or Boomerang reply to their Direct inbox.
In your reply, you can add stickers, face filters, and use the rewind feature. And if you’re someone who forgets what they post to their story, your friend’s reply will include a sticker of it. All replies in your Direct inbox will be highlighted in blue, so you’ll know the difference between a regular message and someone replying to your story.
Just like regular direct messages, any reply sent to your friend will disappear after you see it. Screenshot their reply? Your friend will get a message that a screenshot was taken. Ahead, see how the new reply feature works.