Back in May, Instagram announced a series of new features that were coming to the social platform, including video calls and much more. And while Instagram didn’t have an exact launch date for those features, it looks like all of the testing went well, because the company is rolling it all out beginning today.
First and foremost, video calls are now part of the Instagram mix. To initiate a video call you simply need to launch the feature through the Direct tab. Video calls can support one-on-one conversations or a group of up to four people. You’ll also need to have a Direct thread going, which means both people will have to agree to the connection. And if you block or mute someone, they won’t be able to initiate a video call with you.
Meanwhile, the new Explore tab features a carousel of icons at the top of the screen that will make it easier than ever to find content you want to see. There will be new topics to choose from, including architecture, photography, animals, and more. Once you select one, the Explore page will populate a variety of content to see across the platform.
Instagram is also rolling out custom AR filters for Stories. Third-party creators will finally be able to share their creations, and Instagram is offering filters from the NBA, Ariana Grande, BuzzFeed, and others. These are lenses that use augmented reality to spruce up the visuals.
These new features are rolling out now. Do you plan on using video calls within Instagram?