Thu 15 December 2022 8:49, UK

Instagram has just launched a new feature called Notes but lots of users are complaining that they can’t see it.

Notes are short statuses in the DMs tab that only last for 24 hours, and the app has been testing the feature for months now.

However, it just launched as part of a new update on Tuesday (December 13) alongside a number of other new “sharing features”.

“Today, we’re introducing new features that help you share and connect with the people you care about,” Meta said in a press release.

Everyone’s talking about Notes on social media, but why can’t you see them? Read on to find out…

Why can’t I see Notes on Instagram?

There are a few different reasons why Notes aren’t appearing on your Instagram.

  1. You haven’t updated your app: Make sure you’ve downloaded the most recent version of the Instagram app in your iOS or Android App Store.
  2. Notes aren’t available in your country yet: Notes was launched in the US on Tuesday, but it doesn’t appear to be available everywhere yet, including the UK.
  3. The feature hasn’t been rolled out to you yet: Instagram doesn’t always roll out new features to everyone at the same time, so keep checking back over the coming days.

Where are Notes on Instagram?

When Notes do become available on your profile, the feature will appear at the top of the DMs tab on top of profile photo bubbles, similar to Instagram Stories.

To leave a note, just head to the inbox page, tap Notes and press ‘Leave a note’. Then, type your message in the ‘Share what’s on your mind’ section.

They can be up to 60 characters of text and emojis and disappear after 24 hours. However, you can change your Note whenever you like.

Meta says they are a “new way to share your thoughts and see what your friends are up to” and can be shared with everyone or just your Close Friends.

“During testing, we learned that people liked having a lightweight, easy way to share what’s on their mind and start conversations,” Instagram added.

Replies to notes will arrive as DMs in your inbox.

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More new features

Notes appear to be the most popular, but there are loads of other new collaborative features with the latest Instagram update too.

Group Profiles have also arrived, which allow users to “share posts and stories in a dedicated, shared profile with friends”. 

They let you collaborate with friends in an even better way than group chats and can easily be created by tapping the + and selecting Group Profiles.

A new addition called Candid Stories also lets users share what they’re doing right now in a story that’s only visible to those who also share their own. 

It’s a bit like BeReal, and after you share your first Candid, you’ll receive a daily notification reminder which can be turned off in Settings. 

Instagram introduced Add Yours nominations too, which mean you can invite friends to participate in Story stickers.

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