Why you shouldn't care about being able to add Instagram to the lock screen on Samsung Galaxy S24

Samsung Galaxy S24 Instagram rumor
(Image credit: Alessandro Paluzzi via X)

An unusual feature specifically targeted at Instagram lovers is rumored to be coming with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S24. A new social widget as part of the ONE UI 6.1 update will allow users to add an Instagram shortcut to their lock screen alongside all the "boring" stuff such as weather, time and date.  I can see why Samsung might think it's a good idea, but I can't help but think it's an extra level of encouragement to use social media that people don't need. 

On most camera phones you're just an unlock, swipe and click away from opening the Instagram app - it probably takes less than 5 seconds depending on how you have your apps organized. As a bit of a self-confessed Instagram edit, I purposefully have the app hidden within a group so I don't get sidetracked by it when I'm on my phone so for me, adding it to my lock screen would add to the temptation.

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.