Instagram Stories can now be discovered by their location or their hashtag only if they were posted by public accounts. Yet again another imitated feature of the rival Snapchat’s searchable Stories. The location Stories search feature is available in the latest Instagram version (10.22) on both Android and iOS, the hashtag Stories search feature is currently available to South African users and will be rolled out to other countries over the next few weeks.

The new discoverable Instagram Stories will start appearing in rings on the top of the Explore tab happening around you, along with other posts and videos. As mentioned, these Instagram Stories can be filtered using two ways, location and by hashtag. The location Stories will by users who have used location stickers on their Stories. Moreover, you can search for any geographical location and related Stories rings will start showing at the top of location page.

While posting your Instagram Stories, if you happen to put a location sticker or a hashtag, it will automatically start appearing for that location and hashtag search. However, if you do not want your story to appear in the Explore tab, then you can tap the ‘X’ on your stories viewer list and it will stop showing for the public.