Digital Agency | October 16, 2020

Learning How to Use Instagram Reels

Exploring How to Use Instagram Reels 

Instagram Reels is the latest feature on the beloved social media application. Similar to the format on TikTok, Reels allows you to make 30-second videos on Instagram – all within the app. For more information on how to use Instagram Reels, keep reading to explore its various characteristics. 

Where to Begin  

To start creating your reel, click the camera button at the bottom of the Instagram app. Then you will click on the “Reels” option, and the suite will open. When you are exploring how to use Instagram Reels, you will see a menu on the left-hand side of your phone screen. The menu in order from top to bottom does the following: 

  • Allows you to set the length of your video clip
  • Provides audio/music options
  • Gives video speed settings
  • Provides filters/effects
  • Allows you to set a timer for recording


Let’s talk audio! Instagram Reels does give you the option to record your own audio, use other creator’s audio clips, and popular music from the app. If you create your own audio clip, other people can use that audio in their reel if you set your video to “use audio” and have a public account. 

AR Effects 

From filters to other fun video elements, there are several AR effects to choose from when you are filming your reel. The variety of effects developed by Instagram and other creators on the app give users a professional edge when developing their content. 


You are likely filming yourself when you are creating a reel, which is why there is a timer feature in the suite to countdown when your phone will start recording you hands-free. 


Still interested in learning more about how to use Instagram Reels to create quality content? The aligning feature will enable you to sync up your video clips into a seamless viewing experience. That way, if you have multiple clips, the transitions will be smooth.   


Whether you want to speed up or slow down your video footage, Reels has several setting options available for you while you are filming your reel. 

How to Use Instagram Reels to Boost Your Social Media 

Using Instagram Reels is a great way to add engaging video content to your profile. Since you can do everything in the app, the process for creating video content is fast and user friendly. Additionally, the Instagram algorithm is favoring users that upload Reels and IGTV videos. It’s a win-win! 

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