Instagram is adding a new option to automatically translate text in story posts, the company announced today. Now when the service detects a foreign language in a message, it displays a “View translation” option at the top left of the screen, which users can tap to see a translation at the bottom. Instagram says the new translation feature will be available globally and currently supports more than 90 languages to make sharing content with an international audience easier.
The feature, the development of which was previously reported by app researcher Alessandro Paluzzi, means there is now parity between Instagram Stories and traditional posts. In 2016, Instagram added automatic translations to comments, captions, and user bios, but the stories feature launched a month later was missing.
While the new feature can translate text, Instagram says audio translation isn’t available “at the moment.” While Instagram rolled out automatic captioning for English stories in May, it doesn’t seem out of the question that it may one day translate audio as well.