Finally, Instagram to add support for users with multiple accounts

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Is your B2B firm such a passionate Instagrammer you have to manage multiple accounts? If so, you likely hate having to log out of an account and then log-in to the other account, which can be an unnecessary  time-waster.

Now we are learning that a beta update to Instagram has added official support for using multiple accounts. The feature lets you switch logins at will without having to sign-out and in again.

SlashGear writes that Instagram 7.12.0 is rolling out to the Android app’s beta testers today. Currently, there is no timeframe for when a public release may occur.

Once updated, a new user account can be added by heading over to Settings and clicking “Add Account”. The usual login form is then displayed so the new account’s username and password can be setup. With the process complete, all the added accounts are active in the app and can be accessed individually with a menu in the top-left corner.

It works in a similar way to email clients and calendar apps that let you switch between many different accounts at once.

The benefits of the new method will be felt by business users who have different accounts for each division of their company. Small business owners who traditionally alternate between their work and personal accounts each day will also be able to enjoy the much simpler management offered by keeping both accessible at any time.

Android Police reports the update is currently going through a staggered release to members of Instagram’s beta program. The implementation of the feature is likely to have changed the way in which accounts are handled on the phone so rigorous testing will be required before this is expanded to everyone.

Interestingly, there are currently no indications of a comparable beta update to the iOS app yet. It seems probable one will be coming soon though as Instagram usually keeps the feature gap between the two platforms as small as possible.

This article was first published on Digital Journal by James Walker. Copyright 2015.

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