How to Use Instagram Reels on iOS and Android

In it’s efforts to take on TikTok, Instagram has introduced ‘Reels’. Instagram Reels is a short-video sharing platform just like TikTok. The benefit it gets over other rivals is it’s seamless integration with Instagram. That way ‘Instagram Reels’ gets massive exposure right from the start. Another good thing with it is that you can use all of the eye-catching filters and effects of Instagram in Reels. If you haven’t tried it yet, now is the best time to try Instagram Reels on your Android or iPhone device.

Instagram has introduced ‘Reels’ at a time when the biggest short-video sharing platform TikTok has been banned in India. And it may face similar ban in several other countries including the US. So, it’s perfect time for the Facebook-owned platform wants to cash-in-on this opportunity.

How to Use Instagram Reels

Instagram Reels is currently available in a few countries including Brazil, France, Germany and India only. It has got massive hype, so, Instagram may soon launch it in other countries as well. So, if this the brand-new Reels feature hasn’t rolled out in your country yet, you may get it very soon. Let’s go through the steps for using Instagram reels on your iPhone or Android device.

1. Recording Instagram Reels Videos

Step 1

First of all, open Instagram app on your phone and tap on the Camera icon on the top-left corner. When you see Create with Reels screen, tap on the Get Started button. 

open instagram app and tap on camera icon and on create with reels page tap on get started

Step 2

Now, you will see three options at the bottom – Live, Story and Reels. Tap on Reels. Go ahead and give your best and create a cool Instagram reel. The overall length of the video clip is limited to 15 seconds.

When you are ready to record, tap on big white circle icon to start recording the clip. Tap on the same button to stop the recording when you are done. 

select reels from bottom to use instagram reels feature

2. Adding Music to Your Instagram Reels

To make your clip attention grabbing, you need to add suitable music to it. To add the music, tap on the music icon on the left side. Here you can search for the music that you want to add.

There are two tabs namely For You and Browse. The For You section automatically displays songs as per your interests, and the Browse section allows you to choose songs from different genres. 

Additionally, you can view the lyrics on the screen and select any part of the song to add to the Reels.

how to use instagram reels - add music to your video

3. Adjusting the Video Recording Speed

You can also adjust the video recording speed of Instagram Reels. To change the recording speed, tap on the second icon on the left side that looks like the play button. Currently, Reels allows you to record videos in slow motion speed up to .3x and .5x. You can also increase the speed by selecting 2x and 3x. 1x speed is selected by default. 

adjust speed of your instagram reels

4. Adding Cool Filters to Reels videos

While you are preparing to recording a Reels video, you can choose from plenty of cool effects to add to the clip. Tap on the smiley button on the left side. Now, you can swipe right on the big white circle to see all the available effects. Select the best looking effect for your Reel.

add cool effects to your instagram reels

5. Setting Timer for your Reels video

Instagram Reels also allows you to set a timer before the recording starts. So, you can get prepared for the shot and give your best. To start setting a timer, tap on the timer icon on the left. And then set the duration for your clip (limited from 0.1 to 15 seconds). After setting the clip duration, tap on Set Timer. The timer will appear on the screen when you start recording the clip.

use timer to get prepared for your reels videos

6. Aligning your Instagram Reels perfectly

It is possible that your camera get misaligned while recording the video. If your video looks little messed up, you can align it perfectly. To do it, simply tap on the Align button. Align button is the first from the bottom in the left button panel.

align your misaligned videos easily

7. Replaying your Instagram Reels after recording

After you have recorded your Instagram Reel, it’s time to check it. You can tap on the back arrow at the bottom to replay the video. Here you can verify your video. If your video is satisfactory, you can proceed with it.

replay your recorded videos

8. Saving your Instagram Reels

Instagram also offers an option to save Reels on your device. If you wish to save your Instagram Reels on your device, tap on the forward arrow at the bottom. Now, tap on the Save button (down arrow button) at the top to save your clip to your phone.

this is how you can save your instagram reels to your phone

9. Adding Text, Emoji and Cool Stickers to your videos

To make your Instagram reel stand out, you can add great looking and attractive text, emoji and stickers. First you need to record the clip. After recording the clip, tap on the forward arrow at the bottom. Then, tap on the emoji icon next to save button at the top. Now, you can choose from a variety of stickers and emojis.

add cool text, emojis and stickers to use on your instagram reels

If you want to use scribble, tap on the scribble button at the top. Now use your creativity to add something unique to your video. You can also add text to your Instagram Reels. To add text, tap on the text button at the top right corner of the screen and then type suitable text to add.

10. Sharing your Instagram Reels

Once you have edited your Instagram Reel and feel satisfied with it, you can share it with your friends and followers. To share it, tap on the forward arrow at the bottom right corner. Next, add a cool caption to your reel. And now, you can choose how you want to share it with others. You can choose to share your clip to your Instagram feed or stories. And finally, tap the Share button.

how to use instagram reels - share with your followers

Important Note:

  • You can record your Instagram Reels with your own original audio.
  • Keep in mind, when you post an Instagram Reel on a public account, anyone on Instagram can create a reel using your original audio.
  • But if you have set your account to private, no one will be able to create a reel using your original audio.
  • The Reels posted to Instagram Feed or Explore will appear in the Reels tab on your Instagram profile. But, the Reels shared with Stories and Direct will automatically be deleted after 24 hours and you won’t see them on your profile. 

11. Protecting your Instagram Reels and your Original Audio

As mentioned above, when you share your Instagram Reels, anyone can view and share them. Your Instagram Reels may appear on Explore and places like effect, hashtag and even on audio pages. This way your Reel may get millions of views and get viral. And if that happened, you may become a Instagram star overnight.

Please note that anyone on Instagram can make a reel using your original audio if your account is public (which is the default setting). So, if you want to have privacy and protect your Instagram reels, you can set your account to private. After that only your approved followers can view and share your reels. Whenever someone shares your reel, only your followers will be able to view it. Moreover, no one will be able to create a reel using your original audio.

To set your account to Private, go to Profile tab and tap on Menu button(three horizontal lines). Now tap on Settings > Privacy > Account Privacy. Turn on the switch for Private Account. That’s it!

set your account to private to avoid misuse of your videos and original audio.

12. Checking Likes and Comments on your Instagram Reels

You can keep the track of the likes and comments made on your videos. Go to your Profile and tap on the Reels tab of your profile. On this tab, you can check following things:

  • The people who liked and commented on your reel
  • The number of times your reel was played. Remember, this doesn’t include replays.
  • Whether or not your reel has been selected to be featured on Reels
check likes and comments

What are Featured Instagram Reels?

In an effort to motivate creators to create top-notch videos, Instagram features the videos that standout. Instagram selects reels based on several things like genre, style, and more significantly the entertaining part. 

Remember, only the reels from public accounts will be featured. If your reel is selected, you will receive a notification from Instagram. 

13. How to Delete your Instagram Reels

If you want to delete any of your reels, you can do it right from your profile. Go to your Profile, tap on the Reels icon. Next, tap on the reel you want to delete.

If you are using iPhone, tap on the three horizontal dots. And if you are using Android device, tap on the three vertically placed dots at the bottom. Finally, tap on Delete. You will have to tap on Delete again to confirm the deletion.

delete videos from your profile

Complete Guide on How to Use Instagram Reels on Your Android Device and iPhone

So, this was our complete guide on using Instagram Reels. Using these best tips and tricks, you can make most out of this new feature. Though this feature is new in the market, yet it is fully capable of filling up the void. And it also offers exciting features to both the creators and users. So, probably this would be a good time to switch from TikTok to Instagram Reels.

Hope you liked our detailed guide. Feel free to share your thoughts and your ideas about this short-video sharing feature in the comments below. You can also follow us on Facebook.

About Aslam Khan

Hi there, I am a blogger, engineer and a computer geek. I love kittens. I spend some of my time blogging besides full time job as Senior Windows Administrator. I like to learn new things.

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