Video on Instagram

Instagram is a community where you can capture and share the world’s moments simply and beautifully. We’re thrilled to introduce video on Instagram and bring you another way to share your stories.

Taking and Sharing Videos

To record a video or upload one from your phone's library, first tap at the bottom of the screen.

  • To record a video, tap Video at the bottom of the screen. Tap and hold to start recording, and lift your finger to stop. Tap to switch between front and rear-facing cameras. You can also record multiple video clips.
  • To upload a video from your phone or tablet's library, tap Library at the bottom of the screen and select the video you'd like to share.

Once you've recorded or uploaded a video, you can add a filter, a caption and your location before sharing.

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After you've recorded your video, tap Next. Tap a filter at the bottom of the screen to preview how it will look with your video. Make sure to swipe to the left to scroll through all your options.

Once you've selected a filter you like, tap Next to continue to the share screen.

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Yes. Once you've taken a video, tap Next to apply a filter and review it before sharing. Simply tap the play button to take a peek.

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Your video can be 3 to 60 seconds long.

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If you're taking videos on the go, you might find that they're a little shaky. For iPhone 4S and iPhone 5, we've built a Cinema feature that lets you stabilize your video after you take it.

Stabilization is turned on by default. To turn it off, simply tap .

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Below a video, you can see a count of how many times it's been viewed. A video's view count is visible to anyone who can see the post.

A video's view count doesn't include video loops, and a view is counted when a video is watched for 3 seconds or more.

Keep in mind that view counts will only show up on videos that were uploaded after November 19, 2015.

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To see a video's likes, first tap the view count below the video. From there, you can see the number of likes a video has and who's liked it.

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Video Settings

By default, Instagram preloads videos so they start faster whenever possible. If you want to reduce the amount of cellular data the Instagram app uses, you can choose not to have Instagram preload videos over cellular connections. If you choose to use less data, videos may take longer to load over a cellular connection.

To use less data on Instagram:

  1. Go to your profile by tapping
  2. Tap (Android) or (iPhone) and then tap Cellular Data Use
  3. Choose Default or Use Less Data

Choosing to use less data won't affect the way Instagram works when you're using WiFi.

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Download the latest Instagram app to get video on Instagram. After downloading the latest app, the following phones can start recording video right away:

Apple iOS

People using a 3GS phone or newer running iOS 5.0 or later

Android

People running Android 4.0 or later

If your phone isn't supported for video recording, you may still be able to view videos that other people share.

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To turn sound on or off for an Instagram video, tap anywhere on the video while it's playing.

You can also turn sound on by pressing the volume buttons on your phone while a video is playing. Once the sound is on, you can use the buttons to adjust the volume.

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It may take some time before a view shows up in a video's view count. If views aren't showing up on your video, try checking back later.

Also, keep in mind that a video's view count only includes views from within the Instagram app, and not from other places like an embedded post or on desktop. If your account is set to private, you may not see the view count until your video has reached a certain number of views.

View counts will only show up on videos that were uploaded after November 19, 2015.

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Video Privacy and Safety

Like the photos you share, your video will appear on your profile and in Feed. If your visibility is set to private, only your approved followers can see videos or photos you share.

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Your visibility settings work the same way for videos as they do for photos. Learn how to set your photos and videos to private so only approved followers can see them.

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No, but you can mention them in the comment and they'll get a notification. Learn how to mention someone.

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If you see a video that's not following our Community Guidelines, you can report it to us by tapping (iPhone) or(Android) above the post, tapping Report and then following the on-screen steps.

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