Instagram Direct

How to group video chat on Instagram

Instagram Group Video Chat iPhone

If you want to spend some quality time with your Instagram followers or friends, try a group video chat. This cool feature lets you add up to four participants and use your camera, microphone, or typing skills during the chat.

While Instagram's group video chat has been around for a bit, that doesn’t mean you’ve given it a try yet. So if you’re a new Instagram user or just new to the group chat feature, here’s how to use it.

How to Restrict a user in the Instagram app

Restricted Accounts Instagram

Instagram is rolling out a new feature that will allow you to Restrict (shadow-ban) another Instagram user. The feature comes with the intent to reduce the bullying that is apparently a big problem, especially among younger users. Instagram found that many people are reluctant to block or report others who are being offensive.

If you’ve just updated the Instagram app on iOS and want to use this new feature, we’ll show you how to Restrict a user in the Instagram app.

You can now save your Instagram live videos

Facebook-owned Instagram announced Monday that users can now save their own live-streamed Instagram videos to their iPhone. You can now tap Save in the upper-right corner of a finished live video to save the broadcast to the Photos library on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The iPhone photography app will continue to remove live videos from the interface after you've watched them, but you can now hold onto any video to re-watch it later. These updates require Instagram 10.12, available free from App Store.

Instagram Direct rolls out threaded messaging and sending feed content privately

Tuesday, Facebook-owned Instagram launched some notable improvements for its private-messaging feature, called Instagram Direct.

Available in Instagram's 7.5 update, a free download in the App Store, Instagram Direct now supports threaded conversations and allows you to pick a photo from a user's feed to send to a friend or group privately as a Direct message.

Instagram 5.0 launches in App Store with Instagram Direct support

And just like clockwork, Instagram's newly-updated mobile app is now live in the App Store with support for Instagram Direct, a new feature announced just an hour ago at the company's Share a Moment media event in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. This capability that some mistakenly refer to as a private messaging feature introduces much-needed granularity to sharing by allowing users to send a photo or video not only to a group of their Instagram followers, but also to those not following them on the service...