Just for Valentine's Day, Instagram makes it easier to send private messages

Instagram is rolling out some changes for Valentine's Day that are basically the adult version of handing out Valentine's Day gifts at school. For this day only, the social media platform is transforming your feed with special in-app surprises in Stories and Direct Messages filled with hearts, smiley faces, and more. Even if you don't have a boyfriend on the romantic holiday, Instagram's Valentine's Day feature is so sweet that you'll be spreading the love all day long.

Instagram announced cute changes for iOS users on February 14, just in time to let you post flirty odes to your partner or take action on your crush. If you're always replying and reacting to your friends' stories, there's a good chance you'll update quickly. But if you don't spend much time in DM, you might need some help spotting the changes. One-day features to look out for include new Valentine's Day-themed story reactions and exciting animations in DMs and story viewer pages for these reactions. Here's how they work.

On any other day, you can express your quick support for a story using the Laughing Crying emoji, Shocked emoji, Heart Eyes emoji, Sad emoji, Applause emoji, or Fire emoji. But on February 14th, you’ll see a new set of love emojis: Double Hearts Emoji, Fire Hearts Emoji, Heart Smiley Emoji, Heart Eyes Emoji, Palms Emoji, and Broken Heart Emoji . Yes, love is in the air and in private messages. Hopefully you won't have to use that last one too much, though.


When someone reacts to your story with a Valentine's Day emoji, that reaction is also amplified with fun animations in the emoji's DMs and explodes in your inbox because Valentine's Day doesn't exist Subtle DM swipe. Special animations also pop up on the Story Viewer page when you check who has viewed your Stories, so you can feel the love all day long.

If you're having trouble accessing these features, keep in mind that they're only available to iOS users and may require a quick app update beforehand.

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If you're looking for more ways to spread the love on February 14th, you can always add Valentine's Day-inspired stickers to your Story or Reels. You can do this by uploading your Reel or Story and clicking on the sticker icon And browse the selection of heart sticker options. And don’t forget to show off your favorite Valentine’s Day photos with romantic “Add Your” prompts by selecting Add Your Stickers in Stories and writing your own prompts, or generate a pre-made prompt by tapping the dice icon on the screen . Screen.

Instagram's Valentine's Day changes include an adorable new way to slide into DMs, heartwarming Story reactions, and eye-catching animations, perfect for showing your loved one you're thinking of them, or catching your crush's attention.