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Instagram Might Be Testing Seek Bar To Let Users Scrub Through 60-second Videos

Written By Tanmay Patange | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Instagram might be testing a seek bar to let users scrub through videos
  • Instagram was recently spotted testing a video seek bar while watching videos to let users jump between any specific part of the video

Instagram might be testing a seek bar to let users scrub through videos. The Facebook-owned photo and video-sharing social networking platform was recently spotted testing a video seek bar while watching videos to let users jump between any specific part of the video. The feature has been missing ever since Instagram allowed users to share videos om its platform.

Famous tipster and reverse-engineering specialist Jane Manchun Wong spotted video seek bar while watching a video on Instagram and shared a screen-recording, offering a glimpse of what the feature is going to be all about.

Wong further hopes for the inclusion of the frame preview while scrubbing through the video.

"It might cause some performance regressions though, but it's something to think about UX wise," said Wong.

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Although seek bar on videos has been missing from Instagram for quite some time now, it is available with IGTV - the company's video-only platform that lets content creators share long-form videos with their audience.

Right now, there is no way you jump to a specific part of the video. In fact, double-tapping the video toggles the mute/unmute function.

Earlier, we covered a story that Instagram might also be testing a new feature to let users watch videos together. In case this doesn’t sound new to you, well, that’s because Facebook already has a Watch Party feature that allows multiple users to stream videos together, and watching Facebook integrating ‘Watch Party’ feature into Instagram would be hardly surprising.

Mark Zuckerberg-led Facebook is expected to do everything possible to make users keep coming back to new platforms like IGTV and also keep them engaged. (We won’t be surprised even if ephemeral stories come to IGTV anytime soon - similar to Netflix previews).

Right now, we are still seeking more clarity on how Instagram is going about implementing this feature into their platform.

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