Instagram now rolling out video chat, topic channels in Explore, and new camera effects

June 26, 2018

Instagram today announced that it is rolling out several new features including Video Chat, topic channels in Explore, and new camera effects for Stories.

Video Chat in Instagram Direct: With this new Video Chat feature, you can video chat either with just one person or a group video in Instagram Direct. Here’s how it works:

  • To start a video chat, swipe into your Direct inbox and open any message thread.
  • Tap the new camera icon in the right corner, and the video chat will ring your friends’ phones so they don’t miss it.
  • While on the video chat, you can minimize the video and multitask on Instagram, sending messages and photos in Direct, browsing your feed, posting a story and more.

Topic Channels on Explore: Topic channels on Explore allows you to discover your interests on Instagram. Here’s how it works:

  • When you open the page, you’ll see a tray at the top with personalized channels. This includes a ‘For You’ channel, which has a mix of posts tailored to your interests.
  • You’ll also see channels on topics you might like such as Art, Sports, Beauty or Fashion – as well as a list of hashtags, giving you more ways to explore your interests.
  • You can browse through a variety of interests by swiping from grid to grid, or you can go deep into a specific interest by tapping on a channel and scrolling up. If you’d like to remove a topic channel, press and hold the channel and select ‘Mute’ from the menu.

New Camera Effects: Instagram is today introducing the first batch of new camera effects designed by Ariana Grande, Buzzfeed, Liza Koshy, Baby Ariel and NBA in the Instagram camera.

  • You’ll see a new effect in your Instagram camera if you follow any of these accounts — just tap the face icon at the bottom right corner. If you aren’t a follower but you see an effect that you love, you can tap to try it on and add it to your camera.

Source: Instagram

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