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  • Instagram is rolling out a new Maps feature to everyone.
  • You can search for any restaurant or place by tapping location tags in Feed or Stories.
  • Users also get to search for desired locations on Instagram’s Map with certain hashtags.

Instagram has added a new Maps feature that will allow users to find new locations pretty easily. Until now, you were only able to watch posts of people visiting a place, but were not able to know about the location details. The latest update changes that. Instagram users will now be able to find restaurants, attractions, and other popular places via the app.

Instagram is rolling out a new Maps feature to everyone.

Instagram has rolled out a new feature that will give users a searchable and dynamic map experience on the photo-sharing platform. Earlier this week, Mark Zuckerberg, Meta CEO, announced the global launch of a new Maps experience that will let users discover tagged locations and places near them.

The feature allows users to filter out locations by choosing preferable options out of a list of categories including cafes, beauty salons, restaurants, theatres, and more.

You can search for any restaurant or place by tapping location tags in Feed or Stories.

Prior to this update, the map experience on Instagram only included posts. With this new update, users can search the map, access filtering options, and move the map around to look at what’s nearby. Meta says the new map is now available on Instagram.

Users also get to search for desired locations on Instagram’s Map with certain hashtags.

The company says the new searchable map allows users to have a more immersive experience when finding popular locations and businesses around them via tagged posts, stories, and guides. You can also find relevant locations on the map when searching certain hashtags.

“We’re introducing a new searchable map on IG today,” Zuckerberg said in an Instagram story about the announcement. “You can now discover popular local businesses near you and filter by category.”

How to use Instagram Maps to research a location

Instagram maps can be used to browse through recent stories, top posts, and relevant guides to tagged locations. Further, you can also filter by location categories to narrow your search.

How you use Instagram Maps to plan visits

You can use Instagram Maps to save locations to a collection so that you can plan to visit them sometime in the future. Locations can also be shared with friends and groups via direct messages.

How to contribute to Instagram Maps

All you need to do is use location tags or stickers in your content and it will appear on the map if your profile is public.

By rolling out a more intuitive and dynamic map experience, Instagram will possibly be able to cut even more into Google’s core products by making the location discovery process on its app easier for users.

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