Snapchat is doing away with the Auto Advance features that would automatically play stories. The app had introduced this features earlier this year and drew criticism from users, as they could not avoid seeing the stories of all friends before being brought back to the Stories page. The only way to do that was to manually back out of the Story menu.
Snapchat had tweaked the app to show recent updates in stories back-to-back, but in a recent blog post the company said, “Unfortunately, this change made it impossible to individually choose which Story to watch. Sometimes we just want to see what your close friends or family are up to – not all of our friends – and Auto Advance prevented that.”
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Snapchat’s latest update is available for select Android users, which will remove the Auto Advance feature – giving users control over the Story viewing experience. Simply tapping on a Story to view it will no more push the user to the next story automatically. The update will be rolling out to all iOS and Android users soon.
“We haven’t given up entirely on this idea of making it easier to catch up with friends – so we took what we learned from Auto Advance and built Story Playlist,” the blog post added.
The new Story Playlist feature in Snapchat will make it easy for users to select the friends whose stories you want to watch, and watch them on full screen in the selected order. To do so, tap on the story thumbnail on the left side of your friend’s name. This will add their Story to the playlist. After selecting all stories, all you need to do is hit play.