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Instagram chronological feed: how to change your Instagram feed to chronological setting

Instagram chronological feed is all set to come back as the social media platform starts testing it. A Twitter post by the company CEO Adam Mosseri stated that the Meta-owned social media platform has startest testing three feeds preferences, including the much-requested chronological feed option. According to the tweet by the executive, Instagram will soon let users choose from three feed settings.

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Mosseri stated in the video post on Twitter that the upcoming feed change will allow users to choose between three different feed options, including Home, Following, and Favourites. While the first option still sticks to the algorithmic sorting, the latter two bring back chronological feed. Here is a quick walkthrough of the forthcoming feed options and how to use them once they are released. 

What is the Instagram chronological feed? 

Instagram chronological feed

Instagram switched to an algorithm-based feed in 2016, replacing the chronological order that showed content in the order in which they were posted. Since then, the new algorithm feed order has received heavy criticism from Instagram users. Recently, the company claimed that Instagram users were missing over 70 percent of the content in their feeds, including the post from the account they usually follow. The auto-generated feed faced severe scrutiny over how it affects children, teenagers, and younger audiences who were seeing posts not intended for them. In short, the algorithm limited users from keeping up with their favourite accounts. Now, the company is preparing to bring the chronological feed order back to the platform again with slight alterations and extended features. 

Home, Favourites, and Following: what are the new Instagram feed settings?

According to CEO Adam Mosseri, Instagram will support three different ways to present the feed’s content to the users.  As for the first feed order, ‘Home’ will allow users to see relevant content from what the algorithm thinks will interest them the most. The second “Favourites” feed order will deliver content from a dedicated set of accounts selected by the user in chronological order. As for the last, the “Following” feed order will bring back the chronological system where posts will be shown from the accounts followed by the user. 

Though the official release date of the new feed orders is yet to be determined, CEO Mosseri has assured that some of the features would come out in the next few weeks while the complete feed experience will be released in the first half of this year. As of now, several users have already received the new feed settings as part of testing by the platform.

How to select Instagram chronological feed?

The new feed orders will soon be available on the app’s homepage. Using the new order, users can customise how they want to see posts on their Instagram feeds. The Home feed is what users are familiar with right now, while Favourites and Following will change how content is shown on individual feeds. Here is a quick look at how to choose a chronological feed on Instagram. 

  • Firstly, download or update your Instagram app via Google Play Store or Apple App Store
  • Once installed, open the app and sign in to your Instagram account
  • Now, tap on the ‘✓’ symbol (available on the top-left corner of the app)
  • From the available options, tap on Following to see posts on your Instagram account in chronological order
  • To change the feed order, tap on the ‘✓’ symbol again and select the order you want to use with your Instagram account

When will Instagram chronological feed become available?

According to the Tweet by Instagram’s CEO Adam Mosseri, the chronological feed will be rolling out in the first quarter of 2022. Though we’re yet to see any official date from the company, users can expect the new feed order in these coming weeks.

Instagram chronological feed: FAQs

How to use the chronological feed order on Instagram?

Once the feature is released, users will be able to change the feed order using the ‘✓’ symbol on the Instagram mobile app. By selecting one of the three feed presets, users, can change how the content is delivered on their feed.

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Ashish Khaitan is a Delhi University graduate with 2+ years of experience in tech writing. He has written troubleshooting guides for hardware and software products, and has previously worked for publications like AnimeIndia and OTAKUSMART. Ashish covers deals, gaming and features on Pricebaba. He enjoys reading comics and is a big fan of Japanese anime.