Instagram Reels: what they are and how they are made

We tell you how you can access Instagram reels, what they are, and the process to create your own TikTok-style videos, but within this Meta app

The emergence of successful apps such as TikTok has caused others with similar functions focused on videos and photos to step up their game to keep up with the new trends. That is why Reels was born, a section where we can watch or upload our own Instagram videos of varied themes and short duration. Here is everything you need to know about it.

What are Reels on Instagram?

This is a kind of adaptation of TikTok videos to Instagram so that several clips of up to 15 seconds in length are put together. They can be edited and recorded in fragments, which is useful for making the video of your choice from scratch. This is intended to create an extended version of Instagram and split the video-only part into its own tab. In addition, there is no limit to the length of your feed as in the case of stories, so you can leave them as long as you want on your Instagram profile.

How to access Instagram Reels

Before you start making your own Reel, you can access those of other users that you follow (and those that you do not, since in Reels you will find videos from all over the world) to get inspired or to have a good time discovering new videos. To get started, you have to open the Instagram app and tap on the icon at the bottom center of the screen.

Once inside, you will be able to see Reels from all over the world and create your own. To switch from one to the other, instead of dragging your finger horizontally across the screen, you will have to swipe up vertically. The options available to you are to Like (by tapping on the heart symbol), comment (with the speech bubble symbol), and send it to someone, by tapping on the airplane icon.

How to make an Instagram Reel step by step

To start creating your own Reel, you must be in the corresponding section (which address we have indicated above) and select the camera icon located in the upper right corner of the screen. You can then switch menus and start recording.

It is worth mentioning that the options available in this tab are very similar to those of Instagram stories, so as soon as you get to know how they work, you will be able to get to know this second phase of editing Reels.

How to post your Reel on Instagram

Finally, before publishing the Reel, you can make some final adjustments such as adding the location, tagging people, deciding whether the Reel will be published in your feed or not, and so on. When you have everything ready and reviewed, you can tap Next and finally tap Accept for your Reel to be published.

And now you have it! From this moment, you can review your Reel and delete it if you do not like it or record a new one to continue customizing your Instagram profile and give your followers more reasons to follow you.

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