Instagram on the web has been redesigned for big screens

After Instagram finally allowed posting last year, Instagram continues to make changes to its desktop web app. The latest update introduces a redesigned UI that takes better advantage of large screens rather than looking like a larger version of the mobile app, TechCrunch has reported.

Instagram chief Adam Mosseri announced the update along with the new in-app scheduler unveiled yesterday. “We know a lot of people use the internet to multitask and we wanted to make sure Instagram was the best online experience possible,” he said in a video. “So it’s cleaner, faster and easier to use and it’s now designed to take advantage of widescreen monitors.”

Instagram on the web has been redesigned for big screens

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As shown above, the Home, Search, Explore, Messages, and Notifications menus have moved to a new sidebar that can be collapsed into icons depending on screen size. Stories appear at the top, while your profile, suggestions, and more are on the right. When selecting a menu option, the left menu bar is preserved, making navigation faster and easier.

The new interface makes Instagram easier to use on the web, but there’s still no sign of a dedicated iPad app, like 9to5Mac notes. Earlier this year, Mosseri said iPad was “not big enough” to make a dedicated Instagram app a priority. Now at least you can use the web version to get a better experience.

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