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Instagram now supports right-to-left languages
November 6, 2017, 3:16 pm

Instagram today added support for languages that are written and read from right to left, starting with Arabic, Farsi, and Hebrew. Considering that Instagram has up until today supported 33 languages, including everything from Tagalog to Romanian to Bahasa Melayu, this software update has been a long time coming.

Instagram has for quite some time supported languages like Chinese, Korean, and Japanese that are written vertically from top to bottom and read from right-to-left columns, but the app has so far not supported languages written and read from right-to-left.

There are still some popular ones left out, including Urdu and Azeri, but Instagram is starting with official country languages to mainly help Android users of the MENA (or Middle East and North Africa) region. According to reports there are more than 60 million Instagram users in the MENA region and because Android is the operating system of choice for more than 70 percent of the Arabic-speaking community, the right-to-left update is live today on Android with iOS support coming soon.

“With this update, we hope more people around the world will be able to connect with the people and interests that matter to them,” the company said in its blog post. Language preferences are found in the main settings panel, and the new options should be available now given the update is first installed. For other users, the right-to-left languages are automatically translated into their preferred language.


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