Instagram has extended support for its group video chat feature. Starting today, Instagram’s group video chat will allow up to six people at a time instead of four. The Facebook-owned photo sharing platform announced the group video chat feature during F8 annual developer conference, and the feature first rolled out in June. The feature is similar to what you’ve been using in Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp.
Instagram revealed about the extended support through its support page (via 9to5Mac). It noted that “you can video chat with up to 6 people using Direct Messaging.” Instagram users can start video call with anyone you are in direct messaging with by tapping the camera icon in the top right corner. The interesting feature here is that you can minimize the video call in progress and continue to scroll through the rest of the app.
How to use video chat on Instagram
1. Tap in the top right icon (Direct Messaging) of Instagram Feed.
2. Tap a username or group name to open the conversation. You can also start a new conversation by tapping in the top right and selecting people you want to video chat with.
3. Tap in the top right. The person or group you call will receive a notification that you’re video calling them.
Apart from group video chat, Instagram has quite a few features inspired from other social networking apps. It recently updated its Snapchat inspired feature, ‘Stories’, to record and share videos of more than 15 seconds at once in multiple segments. Meanwhile, Instagram is also said to be testing a feature that would allow the app to share users’ location data with Facebook. The feature would allow Facebook to target people for advertisements and recommend them relevant content.