The swipe-up feature once desired by creators with less than 10,000 followers is no more. On Aug 30, 2021, Instagram retired this coveted feature to usher in the link sticker, and in recent news, enabled access to all accounts.

This game-changing decision is an effort to help creators, regardless of follower count, share resources with their community. This could be a link a new YouTube video or an insightful article to spark conversations in the DMs. Either way, you can expect an influx of links in Story posts. In this article, I'll show you how to update Instagram, then find and use the link sticker.

How to Update Instagram

To ensure you have access to the latest Instagram features, I recommend updating your phone. Here's a quick breakdown of how to update Instagram on an iPhone and Android.

iPhone users can open the app store, search for the Instagram app in the search bar, then tap the update icon. If you have the latest version, the icon will display Open instead of  Update.

Android users should open the Google Play store, use the options toolbar to select, Apps and Games, then scroll to find the Instagram app, then tap "update." With the latest version of Instagram ready to go, let's get into the next section.

Finding and using the link sticker is a straight-forward process. In no time, you'll have Story posts filled with links to resources that matter to you.  

  1. Open Instagram on your iPhone or Android and tap your profile picture.
  2. Record or upload a Story post
  3. Tap the sticker icon located between the brush an effects icon.
  4. Paste the website link and tap Done.

You can change the placement and size of the link by pinching the screen, and adjust the style by tapping on the sticker. There are currently four styles to choose between with a few examples below. Afterwards, you can share your Story with followers and more to enjoy by tapping Send To, then Share.

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