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Instagram is now like TikTok, Reels arrives in the Philippines

Instagram has fully rolled out its Reels feature in the Philippines earlier today.
Instagram is now like TikTok, Reels arrives in the Philippines
Instagram Reels now in PH!

TikTok-like feature!

More than a year after its initial launch in other parts of the world including the United States, Instagram has finally made available the feature to its Philippine users. 

In case you didn't know, Instagram Reels is another way to create, discover, and post entertaining videos to Instagram. To make it simple, think of it as TikTok invading Instagram. The Reels let users "record and edit 15-second multi-clip videos with audio, effects, and new creative tools" according to Instagram. 
Trying out the Instagram Reels!
Trying out the Instagram Reels!

These can also be shared with the user's followers on Feed, and if they have a public account, their reels can be seen in the wider Instagram community through a new space in Explore. 

"Reels in Explore offers anyone the chance to become a creator on Instagram and reach new audiences on a global stage," Instagram said in its announcement.

How to use Instagram Reels:

  1. Select Reels at the bottom of the Instagram camera.
  2. Record the first clip by pressing and holding the capture button.
  3. You'll see a progress indicator at the top of the screen as you record.
  4. Stop recording to end each clip.

How to create Instagram Reels:

First, you need to select Reels at the bottom of the Instagram camera. Then, you'll see a variety of creative editing tools on the left side of the screen  to help create your reel, including:
  • Audio: Search for a song from the Instagram music library. You can also use your own original audio by simply recording a reel with it. When you share a reel with original audio, your audio will be attributed to you, and if you have a public account, people can create reels with your audio by selecting “Use Audio” from your reel.
  • AR Effects: Select one of the many effects in our effect gallery, created both by Instagram and creators all over the world, to record multiple clips with different effects.
  • Timer and Countdown: Set the timer to record any of your clips hands-free. Once you press record, you’ll see a 3-2-1 countdown, before recording begins for the amount of time you selected.
  • Align: Line up objects from your previous clip before recording your next to help create seamless transitions for moments like outfit changes or adding new friends into your reel.
  • Speed: Choose to speed up or slow down part of the video or audio you selected. This can help you stay on a beat or make slow-motion videos.

Notably, Reels can be recorded in a series of clips (one at a time), all at once, or using video uploads from your gallery. 
Instagram Reels on Feed
Instagram Reels on Feed

How to share Instagram Reels:

  • If you have a Public Account: You can share your reel to a dedicated space in Explore, where it has the chance to be seen and discovered by the wider Instagram community. You can also share your reel with your followers by posting it to your Feed. When you share reels featuring certain songs, hashtags, or effects, your reel may also appear on dedicated pages when someone clicks on that song, hashtag, or effect.
  • If you have a Private Account: Reels follows your privacy settings on Instagram. You can share to Feed so only your followers can see your reel. People will not be able to use original audio from your reels, and people cannot share your reels with others who don't follow you.
Instagram Reels in now in the Philippines!
Instagram Reels in now in the Philippines!

Note that as soon as you share your first Reel, a separate Reels tab on your profile will appear on your main profile grid, though you have the option to remove it.

But, when the Reels is shared in the Story, keep in mind the following: it will not be shared to Reels in Explore, it will not appear on your profile, and it will disappear after 24 hours.

If you're yet to receive the Instagram Reels feature on your end, it should be there in no time. Share the good news away!

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