Instagram’s recently released Hyperlapse app, built for recording time-lapse videos, has received a lot of praise for its UI design and function, but there’s no denying that it’s a bit short on features—or so we thought. Apparently the app has a hidden menu with several options, including 1080P video capturing and more.

The video below is in German, but it’s not hard to get the gist of it. You can access the hidden Hyperlapse “Labs” menu by tapping on the display four times, with four fingers. I was able to confirm this works on my iPhone 6 Plus, although like the user in the clip, it took me a few tries before the menu finally appeared.

Included in the settings are options to change resolution and frame rate, and enable a background save mode. You can also calibrate your camera, tweak sound levels, reset the NUX Flag (not sure what this is), and enable a mode called Hyperlapse EXTREME. I’m not sure what it does, but the name sounds awesome.

To learn more about Hyperlapse, click here, or you can just grab it from the App Store for free.

[LifeHacker via TUAW]

  • John Wickham

    Ich verstehe nicht Deutsch…

    • hkgsulphate

      and you said that in German

      • August Ebbesen

        Because no google translate..

    • Kurt

      Ich habe alle meine Deutsch vergessen.

      • RarestName

        I can only understand two words from this sentence, and I don’t even know German.

        Unless the sentence and spelling looks somewhat like English, which is what I occasionally come across.

      • InfinitePlusOne

        My name is Alle and I speak German haha complete guess

  • therealjjohnson

    Since the time lapse feature on the iPhone six dropped…i stopped using this.

    • True but Instagram have a much better stabilizing system built into hyper lapse, the iOS 8 timelapse is fine for stationary use but nothing else

      • RarestName

        I agree. With the 1080p option and the library saving feature, I’ll be using this for video recording from now on. Now it only needs flash and I’m good 🙂

      • deepdvd

        What about audio?

      • RarestName

        It saves the original video so audio is recorded as well 🙂

    • Mhmd Bassam Nasyr

      its very different you must be dumb to stop using it

      • therealjjohnson

        Did I say it was not different? I said I don’t use it anymore. Eat a dick.

  • Wesley Wilkerson

    extreme allows up to 40x speed vs the standard 12

  • Jared

    I have a feeling Instagram will remove this hidden feature in an upcoming app update…citing “bug fixes”

    • RarestName

      Then I’ll keep the bugs then!

  • RarestName


    • I was pissed off when I saw this, I recorded about 30 minutes raw footage and couldn’t get to time-lapse it…

    • Diance

      you can retrieve the vid in the calibration directory of the app using ifile

      • just1guy

        Thanks Diance – This happened to me too – But what is iFile? Where is the directory?

      • Diance

        ifile is a jailbreak app, it is available in the cydia store. im not sure if this works, but you can still try and use some other softwares like ifunbox on the desktop, connect your phone to it and look for the directory folder in the hyperlapse app

  • Jonathan Talbot

    Works on my ipad air! 😀

  • ngyikp

    NUX = New User Experience, it’s those prompts/tutorials that a software shows to a new user for the first time, or the software just updated to a new version and wants people to notice a particular new feature.

    For Hyperlapse, if you reset the NUX flag, force close the app, and start the app again, it would show you the beginning video introductions.

  • InfinitePlusOne

    Any good app for slo mo on iPhone 6 plus?

  • Guest

    no luck on iPhone 5s