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 or tablet's library, first tap at the bottom of the app.
- To record a video: tap to switch from camera to video, then tap and hold the red circle. Lift your finger off the screen to stop recording. If you'd like to turn the camera to face you, tap .
- To upload a video from your phone or tablet's library: tap (iOS) or (Android) and select the video you'd like to share.
Note: Video recording is currently only available for the iOS and Android apps.
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 15 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.
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.
Your video can be 3 to 15 seconds long.
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 .
As you swipe through your Feed, you'll notice that videos start playing right away. This happens because Instagram loads videos in advance so they're ready when you get to them.
Preloading makes videos start playing more quickly but uses more data. If you want to control your data usage, you can choose whether videos always preload or if they only preload when you're connected to Wi-Fi. If you select preload on Wi-Fi only, it may take longer for videos to load when you're not connected to a Wi-Fi network.
To adjust this setting:
- Go to your profile by tapping
- Tap on Android or on iPhone and then tap Preload
- Choose Always or Only on Wi-Fi
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.
To turn sound on or off for an Instagram video on Android or iOS, tap anywhere on the video while it's playing.
When sound is on, you can adjust the volume while the video is playing using the volume buttons on your phone.
Video Privacy and Safety
No, but you can @ mention them in the comment and they'll get a notification. To @ mention someone, type "@" followed by their username.