14 April 2020
Instagram Stories has been its most popular feature in recent times with a vast majority of users making use of it. It has also received various new features which make it more fun for users. And now, Instagram is reportedly working on new functionality that will make the whole process of uploading media to Stories a lot more convenient.
As spotted by well-known app researcher Jane Wong, Instagram is working on adding native file picker support for Stories on Android devices. It is intended to make it easier to browse through all the locally stored folders and files to locate the preferred one. In the current state, the app only shows select folders which are usually related to gallery, camera, and photo editing apps.
Instagram is finally working on allowing Android users to open Android’s native file picker from Story Composer pic.twitter.com/ITEuHQh6s8— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) February 12, 2020
When Wong spotted and enabled the feature on her device, she was able to see a new option labeled "Other". Tapping on the option opens the native file picker of the device which is what users get in most of the apps. It lets the browse all files and folders like they are using a file manager. This makes it a lot easier and faster to locate the file(s) a user wants to upload.
It should be noted that the feature has only been spotted in the source code. It means there is no surety of exactly when it will become available to users. However, Instagram should make an official announcement as and when it happens in the future.