Instagram Reels 101

Even though Reels have been out for a while, they still remain one of the best types of content you can create to reach more people and gain more followers on Instagram. Reels can be informative and fun at the same time!

Typically between 15 sec. to a max. video length of 60 seconds, they are meant to be short, sweet and to the point ~ and of course entertaining! By putting your own twist on trending audio, you can connect with more people and grow your audience very quickly! Additionally, Instagram pushes content created with trending audio, meaning that more eyeballs will see your videos! Before we dive into Instagram Audio, let's make sure you have access to Instagram Reels on your account.

I remember when I was first introduced to Reels, I could watch other people's Reels but I couldn't find the Reels tab anywhere on my account to create my own. I thought Instagram had forgotten to update my account! If this is where your starting from, the video below shows you how to get the Reels tab displayed in your account by creating your very first Reel.

Creating Your First Reel

Start by clicking on the Search Icon to open your Explore Page. Here, you'll most likely find a reel displayed. Click on any reel to open it. You can choose to start recording your own Reel, or upload a pre-recorded video from your gallery by clicking the camera icon located on the top right corner of the Reel you have just opened in Explore. This will open up your Reels. Add instagram Music to avoid your video from getting blocked for any music copyrights. If you have pre-recorded audio in your original pre-saved video, selecting a song from Instagram Music will over-ride your original audio.When you're done, click the Preview button. In Preview is where you will find all of the other cool features you can incorporate into your reels, like voice overs, text and stickers.

[Once you've saved your first Reel to your Instagram account, the Reels Icon should automatically be displayed at the bottom center of your Instagram account with your other icons ready for all of your future Reels! If you still don't see it, don't worry - just repeat this process as it will indicate to Instagram that you are using the Reels feature and will appear after an automatic update. Congratulations! You've just uploaded your first Reel!

Trending Audio

Why recreate trending Reels? Not only does the Reels algorithm prioritize videos that use trending audio (meaning your content will be seen by more than just your current audience and has a higher chance of being featured), but by using trending audio, your videos can go viral and you are connecting with your audience in a fun way! Learn how to find the top trending audio on Instagram in our INSTASTAR Patreon Tier

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