Instagram in 2018 introduced the ‘Your Activity’ feature that tracks how much time users spend on the app. In a new development, the photo and video sharing platform is enhancing the ‘daily time limit’ options introduced with the feature. Previously, users could select a time limit as low as 10 minutes per day in the app. The latest update brings this minimum to 30 minutes. The changes to the daily time limit settings come a few days after Instagram rolled out its ‘Take a break’ feature, which is designed to help users take breaks between time spent in the app.
The daily time limit options now available on Instagram are 30 minutes, 45 minutes, one hour, two hours and three hours. Previously, users could choose 10 minutes and 15 minutes as time limit options to restrict their daily access to the app. The change in Instagram settings was first identified by TechCrunch. As per the report, the social media platform is alerting users with pop-ups appearing at the top of their feeds after the new app update, prompting them to update the daily time limit option. The report further states that the new settings changes were made following the announcement of Meta’s fourth quarter 2021 earnings.
Instagram on tuesday confirmed changes to settings via Twitter. “We changed the ‘daily cap’ options to avoid sending multiple notifications to people at the same time,” the company said. Instagram adds that the new ‘Take A Break’ feature shows full-screen reminders to exit the app and includes 10-minute breaks.
Aiming to give users more control over how they interact with social media, Instagram has recently started rolling out a ‘Take a break’ feature to users globally. It allows them to set reminders to pause scrolling after a certain amount of time. The optional feature allows users to choose 10-minute, 20-minute, or 30-minute intervals to be reminded to take a break from the app. It’s now available on Instagram for iOS.
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