How to Join the Threads Beta Program to Get Early Access Features
Meta’s Threads has become an instant hit just after launching as a Twitter rival. The app is expected to have 100 million signups this weekend. Unlike its competitors, the app has many features such as multiple-account support, a web-based app, discover, hashtags, chronological sorting, edit post, DMs, and more. It is worth noting that Meta originally did not plan to launch the app this week. Instead, the company planned to launch it by the end of this year, which is said to bring most of the features.
Currently, the basic framework of Threads is working and available on Android and iOS. Since they released the app, the company has started testing new features via the Google Beta Program. This will allow users to join the Threads Beta Program on their devices. After joining the Beta Program, you will receive updates on your device, giving you early access to Threads’ upcoming features.
How to Register for the Threads Beta Program
It’s quite straightforward to join the Threads Beta program. It’s only available via the Google Play Store, which means it’s exclusive to Android devices, not iOS devices.
- Open the Google Play Store and search for Threads by Instagram.
- Next, tap on Threads to open its page.
- Scroll down a bit and find “Become a Tester.”
- Tap to confirm your action, and you will receive the update for the latest Threads Beta once you have successfully enrolled in the Threads Beta Program.
- That’s it!
Note: The company pushes more updates than regular releases to the app. Beta Builds may have serious instability, or functions might not work as expected, like crashing or failing to launch.
Anyone can join Threads Beta and likely be enrolled instantly; no waitlist exists. Alternatively, suppose you couldn’t join the Beta Program. In that case, you can sideload the apps by downloading the APK from APKMirror, APKPure, or elsewhere and installing it to start testing those new features.
Features like Edit are expected to be free, while Twitter charges for it. Threads will also have an algorithmically-curated feed. Even hashtags will be enabled in the coming months. Also, for the web, it’s only available as view-only, and the desktop version is in the pipeline.
Not to mention, sometimes, some features are only rolled out to a handful of users, so if you don’t find the specific feature, you need to wait for your rollout to every Beta user or check the feature once it officially rolls out. The company is currently focusing on making its platform stable by bug fixing, app optimization, and more. New features will be added to the app over time.
Quit Threads Beta Testing
This is quite similar to joining the Threads Beta. You can leave Threads Beta Program if you feel you can’t tolerate Beta bugs or unexpected crashes or fails.
- Open Google Play Store and head over to the Threads Beta Page.
- You will find the “You are Beta Tester” option from there.
- Tap on the “Leave” option to quit Threads Beta.
- Confirm your action, and you will be reverted to regular updates.
- That’s it!
What’s Coming to Threads Beta?
Some prominent features are coming, as these features are the most important for any microblogging site.
- Feed where you can check Threads Post accounts that you follow.
- Search for Posts and others.
- Edit Post feature.
- Multiple Account Support.
- Thread Translations.
The CEO of Instagram has already confirmed these features to be coming with future updates on Threads. The timeline for any specific feature has yet to be disclosed, as most of the features are still in development.
Is Threads Beta Program Available for iOS Users?
The beta for Threads is only available on Android devices, which can be joined via Google Play Store. Threads has not officially shared any plans to bring iOS users on board anytime soon, but it will surely be available for iPhone and iPad via iOS Beta Programs.
The app is currently available in more than 100 countries. However, it’s currently unavailable in the EU due to local data privacy regulations, which the company is working to adhere to. Many privacy experts, users, and lawmakers have raised concerns about privacy controls.
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