27 August 2021
Instagram has extended the time length of the Reels videos further to 60 seconds. It announced this minor change via a post on Twitter. Previously, the Reels allowed you to choose between 15 seconds and 30 seconds but now the time length has increased so that you could express more with your creation.
While the new limit will be helpful for all the Instagram creators, it can prove itself to be beneficial for those who repost their content from others apps to Instagram. For instance, currently, users on TikTok or other competitor apps (YouTube Shorts and Snapchat’s Spotlight) repost their content on Instagram but they have to trim them before posting. The latest update will help such creators to repost their minute-long videos on Instagram without making alterations.
The Reels video length on Instagram is, however, still shorter than its direct competitor TikTok. The latter recently allowed creators to post 3-minute long videos as well. But, not to forget, Instagram already has a separate long-form video platform called the IGTV, where it even allows you to post as long as an hour-long video.
Well, coming back to Reels' new function, if you want to test this out then navigate to create a new Reel, press the down provided on the left side of the screen to reveal the menu. Tap “length” to toggle among options - 15-second, 30-second, or 60-second. The latest 60-minute video length isn’t just available to everyone right away, but it should be rolled out soon.
As per TechCrunch, the new update also adds functionality for a captions sticker on Reels, which transcribes audio to text. Right now, the caption sticker is only available in a few English-speaking countries, but Instagram says it plans to expand to additional countries and languages soon.
Instagram also announced that it is introducing new protection measures so to make a safer experience for teenagers. It also announced that any user profile under 16 years old (or 18 in certain countries) will be made into a private account by default when they join Instagram.
The existing younger userbase will get a notification highlighting the importance of a private account and explaining to them how to change their privacy settings. However, Instagram says it will still give young people the choice to switch to a public account or keep their current account public, which means the change is not compulsory.
Let’s see when these updates will be rolled out for everyone.