Instagram Begins Testing “Reels” Feature, Know How To Use It


New Delhi: Instagram has announced that it is testing its newest short-form video-sharing feature, Reels, in India. Currently, Instagram Reels feature is being tested in India, and on the basis of the response will be rolled out to each and every user in the days to come.

The Reels feature is integrated within the Instagram app itself. To create Instagram Reels, a user would need to open the camera option in the app. After clicking on Reels from the bottom of the screen, the app throws up several easy-to-use tools to record and edit a 15-second video.

Creators can choose to use the in-app music tracks, or even use a custom audio for their videos. There are also options to speed up or slow down parts of the video. There’s an Align option that helps creators maintain their position in front of the camera, while recording multiple cuts in a single video. It also has an array of augmented reality effects that can be used to make videos more fun.

The app has introduced a dedicated Reels section on the Explore page where users can check out videos from different content creators. Just like IGTV, users will also have a Reels section on their profile page, where all their content can be viewed at once.

While still in testing phase, Instagram Reels is expected to become a solid competitor to Indian TikTok rivals such as Chingari, Mitron, Moj, and Roposo.

How to create Instagram Reels:

Reels will be available for users in India starting 7:30 PM today. As this is just a test not all users might receive the update.

*To check whether you have received the update head over to Google Play store and App store and check if a new update is available. If yes, connect the phone to WiFi and install the update.

*After successfully updating the app open the Instagram camera.

*Reels option will be available right next to Boomerang, Superzoom, hands-free, and layout.

*Click on Reels and select audio from the Instagram Music library. Facebook has partnered with prominent music labels to provide a vast collection of songs to users so they can create interesting Reels.

*Similar to TikTok, Reels also come with an option to record original voice besides lipsyncing.

*Reels also let users add AR effects and provide options like Timer, Speed to edit videos as required before sharing. Reels also let users re-record a video and even delete it if needed.

*After creating their Reel, users can choose to share it with either their followers or everyone on Instagram. Reels can be shared to Feed as well as Explore so everyone on Instagram can view it.

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