Facebook-owned Instagram may soon allow you to make video calls as traces of the yet-to-be-announced feature have been discovered. The team is reportedly internally working on a feature that would allow you to place video calls through the chat window. Also Read - WhatsApp Beta brings Always Mute, Media Guidelines and other new featuresAlso Read - Facebook Messenger merged with Instagram DMs: All you need to know
At present, if you open any of your Instagram Direct chats, you will see the ‘i’ information icon on the navigation bar inside the chat. The new video calling icon will be placed next to this. According to WABetainfo, the feature will be accessible only when the other user accepts your request for a chat. Essentially, the icon for video call will appear only when the request has been accepted, else it won’t show in the chat window. Also Read - WhatsApp Web: How to read messages without actually opening the chat
Similar to how the video calling feature works on other platforms, upon tapping on the camera/video call icon, the call will be initiated. It is worth mentioning that as the feature is currently being tested only internally; by the time it is commercially rolled out, it could offer more features.
It is unclear as to when the feature will be available. However, it is speculated to go live in the coming months and will be available for both iOS and Android platforms.
To recall, Instagram already offers the ability for you to join another user during a live chat on Instagram Stories. As part of the November update, you can now place a request to join a friend’s live video on the platform. While watching a live video of your friend on Instagram, you can simply tap on the request button located in the comments section. Once accepted, your side will be broadcast live and the screen will be split into half for the shared live video.
In addition to the possible video calling feature, Instagram is also reportedly working on a feature called ‘Profile Visits‘. Similar to how the olden Orkut social network worked, the feature will tell you how many times people have visited your profile in the last seven days. The catch of this feature is that only the number of visits is shown while the identity of the visitors is hidden.