Reels upload requirements on Instagram
Reels Resolution and Size
  • You can upload a reel with an aspect ratio between 1.91:1 and 9:16.
  • Reels should have a minimum frame rate of 30 FPS (frames per second) and minimum resolution of 720 pixels.
Reels Content
We want to create the best possible experience for everyone on Instagram. That means reel that don't follow our Community Guidelines may be removed from Instagram. If you see something that you think may go against our guidelines, you can report it.
Cover Photo Size
The recommended size for cover photos is 420px by 654px (or 1:1.55 ratio). Right now, you can't edit your cover photo after you've uploaded it.
Reels Quality
You can chose to always upload reel at the highest quality. Note it may take longer to upload reel of higher quality.
  1. Tap profile or your profile picture in the bottom right to go to your profile.
  2. Tap more options in the top right.
  3. Tap Account, then tap Data usage.
  4. Next to Upload at highest quality, tap to toggle on.
Additional technical details
The requirements listed above should work for most people who are sharing a reel to Instagram. However, if you need more technical details to help you upload, please follow the requirements listed below.
Video codec
  • Progressive scan (no interlacing).
  • High profile.
  • 2 consecutive B frames.
  • Closed GOP. GOP of half the frame rate.
  • CABAC.
  • Chroma subsampling: 4:2:0.
Audio codec
  • Channels: Stereo or Stereo + 5.1.
  • Sample rate 96khz or 48khz.
Cover photo file format
  • png or jpg.
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