Instagram now gives users the ability to check other user’s last active time with the new feature known as ‘Last Activity Status’. The feature is similar to what we have seen in WhatsApp and Messenger and it should be rolled out to everyone on Instagram soon.
Through this feature, users can see the activity status of people you follow directly from the direct message section. Interestingly, your followers will not be able to see when you were last active on Instagram, though people you follow or those to whom you have sent a direct message will be able to know the last active status. So, if you want to check for the last seen of any user, follow these steps:
Step 1: Open on the Instagram app on your Android or iOS device.
Step 2: Open the Direct Message option on the Instagram app.
Step 3: Just beneath the username, you will see how many minutes or hours ago user was last active
However, Instagram also gives you an option to turn off this feature. Follow these steps to turn off Instagram ‘Show Activity Status’:
Step 1: Go To Setting Menu and search for ‘Show Activity Status’.
Step 2: You will see a toggle adjacent to the feature.
Step 3: Turn toggle switch to off.
This will disable the feature entirely, though you will not be able to see the activity status of other users as well. Previously, the Facebook-owned messaging app was reported to running a test to let users post their Stories directly to WhatsApp in the form of WhatsApp Status.
Through this feature, users will get an option to tap to share to WhatsApp from Instagram sharing and they have to press “send” in WhatsApp to post the story. The move will surely benefit` both Instagram and WhatsApp as will make it easier for users to share on a cross-platform. This will also help both the platforms to boost traffic.