According to GSM Arena, Instagram said back in February 2021 that it was working on vertically scrolling Stories which have been horizontally scrollable until now.
With this new feature, users would be able to go from one user’s Story to another’s, while a horizontal swipe will toggle between different Stories from the same user.
🚨 Instagram is testing a vertical swipe stories feed in Turkey
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The vertical scroll will allow users to go from one user’s story to the next unlike the horizontal scroll that takes users through the subsequent stories of the same user.
Since Instagram is currently testing this feature, it is not exactly known when it will roll out more widely or if at all. It is possible that Instagram might decide against rolling this feature out after the testing phase.
Instagram has been rolling out many updates recently like the option to post content from a web browser, switching to a dark mode theme, etc., and they have been well-received by the user community. However, vertical scrolling will mean something else for users on the platform.
Like TikTok, Instagram has already added features like Reels and the option to add web links to the Story, and vertical scrolling might be the latest.