Instagram Launches Snapchat-style QR Nametags


Instagram has introduced another Snapchat-inspired feature that makes it easier for users to connect with people they meet in-person.

The new ‘Nametag’ feature is a scannable identification card that lets people find and follow each other on Instagram.

Here’s how it works:

  • One person displays an Instagram Nametag on their phone
  • Another person scans it with their phone
  • After scanning the Nametag, the person can then view the profile of the other and/or follow them

Users can display their Nametag by opening the Instagram app and tapping the three-dash menu button in the top right corner.

Select ‘Nametag’ to bring up the name tag on the screen. Now it’s ready for scanning.

Those who aren’t satisfied with the default Nametag can customize it with colors, emojis, selfies, and stickers.

On the same screen there is also an option to scan another person’s Nametag.

Alternatively, users can just open the Instagram camera to scan a Nametag by hovering over it and long-pressing on the screen.

On the Nametag screen, there is a share button that can be used to share it through text messages or other platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp.

Nametags are available globally on both Android and iOS starting today

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