After launching video chat support for up to four people in Direct earlier this year, Instagram is now expanding support for up to six people.
Instagram launched support for video chats with up to four people back in June this year. The feature – accessible through Instagram Direct – is designed for users who want to talk about what they see in their feed as they can simply minimise the video chat and continue to scroll, send messages and photos in Direct, post Stories etc. Following the success of the feature, Instagram is now increasing the maximum number of participants to six people.
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Here is how to start a group video call with others:
Firstly, make sure you update your Instagram app to its latest version found in the App Store or Google Play Store. You should then be able to continue.
1. Tap the Direct icon (the one that looks like a paper airplane) in the top right of Feed, or swipe into your Direct inbox.
2. Tap a username or group name to open the conversation. You can also start a new conversation by tapping the plus icon in the top right, and selecting people you want to video chat with. Their phones will ring as a result.
3. Tap the video camera icon in the top right. The person or group you call will receive a notification that you’re video calling them.
You can video chat with anyone you’ve accepted a DM from, and vice versa, which means anyone you’ve accepted a direct message from can video chat with you too. In order to prevent someone from video chatting with you, you can simply block them or mute the conversation with them.
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