Instagram has been reportedly testing a new feature called “Pause All” that will let users mute notifications, similar to one available on WhatsApp. The feature is currently available in Beta version and is available for use in iOS and Android. So before the feature gets official, you can still try it by joining the Instagram Beta Program on Google Play Store and App Store.
With the Pause All feature, the users will be able to mute the notifications for a fixed amount of time – 15 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, 4 hours and 8 hours. The feature can turned on within the Notifications menu under Instagram’s setting option. Only difference compared to WhatsApp is that users will not be able to mute the notifications for a year.
The option was spotted by social media expert Matt Navarra, who initially spotted the same in testing last month. The ‘Pause all’ toggle is being rolled out on iOS, but is also reportedly available within the Android Beta app.
Given the amount of time we now spend on social media, it’s good to have an option to shut it down completely every now and then, with the pressure to constantly be online and stay up to date becoming overwhelming, and even psychologically damaging for some.
Instagram is particularly well-known for driving obsessive behavior among younger users, so providing an off switch is a good option. Being able to shut it off for periods will help people distance themselves from the online world, and avoid the concerns that come with it.