Although some users continue to have bigger Instagram Story icons, the platform has not revealed why this change happened so suddenly.
Instagram has not yet officially explained why some users now have Story icons that are much bigger than they were in the past. Moreover, it is not really clear whether this is a permanent issue or not.
Why did Instagram stories get bigger?
It is definitely not out of the norm for social media platforms to tweak their interfaces and layouts from time to time, but these changes are not always widely accepted.
Some Instagram users who logged onto the platform recently, have noticed that the Story icons at the top of their Home feeds are now much bigger than they were before.
It is very possible that this new feature was as the result of a bug or a glitch and should disappear soon.
However, it is also possible that it is part of a much larger interface change that will be permanently rolled out across all devices soon, as well.
However, despite the fact that most people seem unhappy about this change, Instagram has yet to put out an official statement as to why these icons are suddenly bigger or what the plan is moving forward.
Furthermore, all of these possible causes are only speculation at this point.
Why this is likely just a temporary bug
Sometimes, social media platforms like Instagram only roll out bigger changes to a few users at a time. However, the reports about these bigger Story icons already started surfacing on social media as early as 2 May 2023.
Since it is now more than a month later and this is still only happening to a few users, it seems more likely that this is just a temporary glitch, and Instagram will return to normal on its own soon.
Why are people so upset about this change?
Having slightly bigger Story icons may not seem like such a big deal at first, but it has really irked longtime Instagram users.
The real problem with these bigger icons is that they can make it difficult to navigate the platform, since it shifts all of the rest of the elements around.
These larger icons can also distract users from all of the other content that the platform has to offer.
How to fix this issue
At this point, it seems like the users who have these bigger Story icons cannot seem to get rid of them at all.
However, clearing the cache on your device, ensuring that your Instagram app is up to date, or uninstalling and re-installing the app, can be great options for ensuring that there are no underlying issues with your device.