Instagram has just launched a new feature in India called ‘Reels’, but what is it? And how do you actually use it?

Last week, India announced that it was completely banning 59 Chinese apps, including the hugely popular video-sharing app TikTok.

It seemed like there was no hope for TikTok lovers, but now Instagram has launched a new feature set to rival the social media app, and it’s just launched in India.

Instagram Reels aren’t available in most of the world yet, but hopefully the new feature will be soon!

What are Instagram Reels?

Instagram Reels are a new feature currently only available in a few countries such as Brazil and France and most recently it has just had a huge launch in India.

Reels are very similar to TikTok videos, but rather than being a separate app you will be able to create and post them on Instagram. They allow you to create short snappy videos with effects, filters and sound and share them with the world.

This is a huge step in India where TikTok has recently been banned, allowing users to essentially still get the benefits of TikTok on another app.

How to use Instagram Reels

  • Open the Instagram Story camera.
  • A the bottom there are different camera options such as ‘boomerang’, ‘superzoom’ and ‘hands-free’.
  • There should now be an option called ‘reels’ too. Slide along to this option.
  • Select audio, effect, timers and speeds and create your Reel, which is like a short TikTok video.
  • Then, either share your Reel to your friends on your Feed or to everyone on the Explore Page.

When will Instagram Reels be available in the rest of the world?

Instagram seems to slowly be launching Instagram Reels in various countries around the world one by one.

They have so far launched Instagram Reels in France, Germany, Brazil and India.

But, they don’t give any indication as to when it is going to launch, so there’s no clues as to where it’ll be available next.

However, the feature is proving to be hugely popular so it’s likely that it will eventually be available everywhere. One day you might just wake up and it’ll be there!

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