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Instagram is testing the ability to fast-forward videos

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Instagram appears to be testing a new trackbar for fast-forwarding auto-play videos, according to regular leaker @wongmjane (opens in new tab)

The social media platform is largely used to share photos and short videos (up to one minute), but the experience of navigating the latter isn't as intuitive as it could be.

While scrolling through your Instagram feed, videos will automatically start playing, but reset to the beginning if you scroll away and return to them. A new trackbar would let you choose the part of the video you wanted to view, much like the bar on YouTube videos.

Naturally you won't be able to magically fast-forward live IGTV videos – that would involve time travel – but the new feature would help to remove obstacles for users wanting to skip introductions or avoid rewatching the same content.

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Time on your hands

As social media users find themselves stretched thin across various apps and platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, it's no surprise that users are hungry for ways to make their app usage more efficient.

Instagram has been tackling this with the ability to post to multiple accounts at once, and even a Checkout feature for speedy in-app buying. Users can also track their average usage in the past seven days by heading to the Activity section of their Account page – much like YouTube's 'time watched' stats.

Ultimately these platforms want you to spend as much time with them as possible, so any measures that help you stay on top of your usage are to be welcomed.

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Henry St Leger
Henry St Leger

Henry is a freelance technology journalist. Before going freelance, he spent more than three years at TechRadar reporting on TVs, projectors and smart speakers as the website's Home Cinema Editor – and has been interviewed live on both BBC World News and Channel News Asia, discussing the future of transport and 4K resolution televisions respectively. As a graduate of English Literature and persistent theatre enthusiast, he'll usually be found forcing Shakespeare puns into his technology articles, which he thinks is what the Bard would have wanted. Bylines also include Edge, T3, and Little White Lies.