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 the red circle 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.
You can share videos to Instagram you've previously recorded on your iPhone or Android phone:
- Tap at the bottom of the app.
- Tap to switch from photo to video.
- On iPhone, tap the box in the bottom right to go to your phone's video library. On Android, tap to go to your phone's video library.
- Pick the video you want to upload. On iPhone, tap Next at the top.
- Tap to edit the length of the video. Keep in mind that videos can't be more than 60 seconds long.
- Tap Next on iPhone or on Android.
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.
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.
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:
- Go to your profile by tapping
- Tap (Android) or (iPhone) and then tap Cellular Data Use
- Choose Default or Use Less Data
Choosing to use less data won't affect the way Instagram works when you're using WiFi.
Download the latest Instagram app to get video on Instagram. After downloading the latest app, the following phones can start recording video right away:
People using a 3GS phone or newer running iOS 5.0 or later
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.
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.