Create Instagram Reels to wow your followers

July 10, 2020

The rumors of a nationwide ban on TikTok in the US have prompted Instagram to come up with its own full-fledged video sharing feature called Reels. The offering from a Facebook-owned company claims to allow users to create quick 15-second videos within Instagram. It is available for both, iOS and Android platforms. If you’ve been wondering how to create, watch, and share Instagram Reels on iOS, here’s a tutorial to help you get started.

Instagram Reels Creation

How to create Instagram Reels to wow your followers?

Instagram Reels offers an opportunity to dispossessed TikTok users to create compact, short video content and continue expressing themselves while entertaining others.

  1. Launch the Instagram app.
  2. Tap the Add a photo icon.
  3. Choose the Reel option.
  4. Hit the Ok button.
  5. Create your video content.
  6. Press the Recording button to stop.
  7. Add the desired effects.
  8. Share the reel to your feed.

Like TikTok, Reels allows its users to add audio from the Instagram Music library. Once the recording is complete, users can choose the audience they wish to share their Reel with. Unlike Instagram Stories, Reels can be shared and viewed by everyone on the platform.

How to make a Reel on Instagram?

First, verify if you are using the updated version of the Instagram app. If not, update to the latest version of Instagram.

Next, open the Instagram app on your iOS device.

Instagram Add A Photo
Instagram Add A Photo

Now, tap the Add a photo icon, visible as the '+' at the bottom of the app screen.

Add Instagram Reels
Add Instagram Reels

You should see the Reel icon in the record interface. Click the icon to start recording a 15-seconds video.

Reels Record Button
Reels Record Button

When done, hit the Record button again to stop the recording. You’ll see on screen, in-video edit options like edit, music, smileys and more.


If you are adding music from the library you can select the desired length.

Once the Reel is created, you can simply share it within Insta Stories, or in Direct Messages where it will be visible for 24 hours.

Share Reels in Explore
Share Reels in Explore

Alternatively, you can share it in the ‘Explore’ section where your followers can see the shared reel.

If required, you can also download the Instagram Reel video to your iPhone. Just tap the Download icon, seen as a down-arrow icon at the top of the Reel video.

Hope that makes sense!

Also read- How to download Instagram Live Stream.


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