Watch out, FaceTime and Skype: Instagram now supports one-on-one and group video chats.
The Facebook-owned social media app and Android apps. Up to four people. (19659002) “Video chat gives you the experience of realtime” (19659002) “Video chat gives you the experience of realtime video in a private space and helps you feel close and connected. “Your friends are on the Instagram, and with the video chat, you can seamlessly connect across iOS and Android and without a phone number.”
To start a video chat, just tap the paper airplane icon at the top right corner of your feed to open your Direct inbox, open up a message, and tap the new camera icon in the top right corner. When you're ready to leave the chat, press the red phone icon at the bottom.
“You can video chat with anyone you have an active. Direct thread with,” Instagram explained. “If you block a person, they will no longer be able to video chat you.”
To adjust your video chat notifications, tap the gear icon on your profile, scroll down to push notifications, then scroll down again to “Video Chats. ” If you'd rather not receive notifications from a certain person, you can tap on their name at the top of your Direct message to them.
Besides video chat support, Instagram is rolling out a few other features as part of this update, including topic channels in Explore, and new camera effects for Stories. Now, when you open the Explore page, you'll see a tray of “personalized channels” at the top.
“This includes a 'For You' channel, which has a mix of posts tailored to your interests,” Instagram wrote. “You'll also be able to see channels on topics like you, such as Art, Sports, Beauty or Fashion.”
Meanwhile, Instagram has been rapidly evolving of late. IGTV for watching long-form vertical video on your phone.