How do I start a video chat on Instagram?
You can video chat with up to 8 people using messaging on Instagram.
Starting a video chat
To begin a video call on Instagram:
Instagram app for Android and iPhone
  1. Tap send or messenger in the top right of Feed.
  2. Tap video chat in the top right.
  3. Select people from the list below or tap Search... to search for someone, then tap Start.
The person or group you call will receive a notification that you're calling them.
Keep in mind that anyone you've accepted a message from, except for verified accounts, can video chat with you. To prevent someone from video chatting with you, you can block them.
Managing a video chat
While on a video call you can:
  • Add people. Tap add people to add someone to your video call. The people you've added will receive a notification that you're calling them.
  • Switch cameras. Tap switch camera at the top or tap your video twice to switch between the front or back-facing camera.
  • Browse Instagram. Tap to make your video chat appear in a small frame on your device. You can continue to use Instagram as you usually would.
  • End a video call. Tap end call in the top right to end your video chat.
Learn how to use effects or watch content with someone in a video chat.
Share a photo of your video chat (Android only)
If you're using an Android device, you can take a photo of your video chat and then share it with friends or to your story.
To share a photo of your video chat with friends or to your story:
  1. Once you're in a video chat, tap at the bottom of the screen to take a photo. This will automatically save the photo to your camera roll.
  2. Tap the photo.
  3. Tap effects, stickers, draw or text to add a camera effect, sticker, draw or add text to your photo. To remove text or a sticker, drag and drop it on .
  4. Tap Your story in the bottom left to share to your story or tap Send to to send privately to friends in Direct.
Keep in mind that your friends will see a notification on the screen that says you've taken a photo of the video chat.
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