Unlike other social networking apps, Instagram has never offered an easy way to share other people’s content by republishing it.
That could change soon, though, as Instagram is about to start testing the feature with a small group of users, according to Instagram. TechCrunch.
Instagram’s republish feature was brought into the spotlight Thursday by social media consultant Matt Navarra and later confirmed by Meta, Instagram’s parent company.
“We are exploring the ability to reshare posts to Feed, similar to how you can reshare to Stories, so that people can share what resonates with them, and for original creators to be credited for their work,” a Meta spokesperson told TechCrunch. “We plan to test this soon with a small number of people.”
Navarra tweeted a screenshot (below) showing a repost tab on Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri’s account profile page. Tap on it and it will likely show you all the posts that Mosseri has shared.
The actual action of reposting could be enabled via a button next to each post in a user’s feed, though prominent leaker Alessandro Paluzzi recently suggested that the button may be hidden in the share option.
As this is a test, there is no guarantee that the Instagram repost feature will become a permanent part of the app. After recently bugging many users with unwanted changes that made it look like a TikTok wannabe, the company will likely be slow to move on this feature until it can properly measure its popularity.
Currently, the only easy way to share other people’s content on Instagram is by taking a screenshot and posting it, or by downloading a third-party app that allows you to repost.
a popular one for iPhone is Repost: For Instagram, which currently has 4.8/5 stars from over 163,000 ratings. Android users can try Repost for Instagramwhich has 4.6/5 stars from over half a million ratings and over 10 million downloads.