Instagram Soon Let You Save Stories As Drafts

View your drafted Stories as they’ll appear to users, as well as edit them on the go and publish them at a later time.

Instagram will soon make it easy to edit your posts later by bringing Stories drafts to its mobile app on iOS and Android, the Facebook-owned photo-sharing service has said.

Work on Your Stories Later

While you already can save your feed posts as drafts within the app, Instagram has apparently been working on a long-expected drafts feature for some time now. This is currently available as a limited test to a small number of users on iOS and Android.

If and when this launches for everyone, a new Draft button will let you save a post you’re working on into a drafts folder. Currently, attempting to save a work-in-progress Story with effects prompts the app to store it in the image library on your device as a video.

Rather than post a Story immediately, the drafting feature will make it easy to preserve a Story along with all the currently-applied effects, stickers, background music, and animations to work on later. In other words, any drafted Stories are saved exactly as they’ll appear to users, letting you edit them on the go and publish them at a later time.

Instagram’s Head Confirms Stories

The upcoming drafting feature, originally leaked by mobile developer Alessandro Paluzzi, has now been officially confirmed by the Instagram head Adam Mosseri on Twitter.

Thankfully, Alessandro was able to capture screenshots of the feature in action.

The images show the new Save Draft button found alongside the existing Discard and Cancel buttons. It would appear that accessing the Drafts folder is as easy as pulling up from the Stories menu. It’s unclear when the drafting function might go live for all users. Instagram could cancel the feature if the test proves unpopular with users (highly unlikely).

At any rate, this is going to appeal to a lot of people who share candid moments on a daily basis via Stories on Instagram. According to Instagram itself, more than 500 million people use Stories, a feature Instagram originally “borrowed” from Snapchat, every day.

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