New Instagram update to delete shopping tab from navigation bar

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An Instagram update in the near future will overhaul the app's user experience. The redesign is scheduled for next month, when an Instagram update will roll out to a projected 127.2 million users. 

The revamp makes changes to the Instragam's navigation. "We're simplifying the nav," Instagram CEO Mosseri said in an Instragam video post Monday. The tabs from left to right will include dedicated icons for Home, Search, Create, Reels, and profile. While the overhaul removes the Shop tab from the home screen, Instagram users can still shop via Feed, Stories, Reels, and ads.

So why is this Instagram update happening? As Mosseri explains, "We're trying to bring people together over what they love." The newly simplified Instragm aims to inspire creativity, help people discover new things they love, and better connect with their social circle as a result.

This major Instagram update is expected to launch in February.

Hilda Scott uses her combined passion for gadgets and bargain shopping to bring you the best prices on all things tech. She has a bachelor’s degree in film and media studies from Hunter College and 11 years of tech and entertainment journalism. Her work has been featured on Tom’s Guide, iTechPost, Examiner.com, Parlemag, Enstars, and Latin Times. When she's not scouting for the best deals, Hilda’s catching up on her favorite TV shows and pro-wrestling matches.