How to Use Instagram Video Chat

Visit with up to six friends or create a Room for up to 50 participants

What to Know

  • Tap the Messenger icon, tap the camera icon, and choose invites. Select Start to begin a video chat and X to end.
  • Chat Room: Tap Messenger > Rooms > Create Room > Create Room as [your name]. Choose friends, tap Join Room on Messenger.

With Instagram's messaging features, you can video chat with up to six Instagram followers or Facebook friends on your iOS or Android device. Instagram also lets you create a Room, where you can share a link to a Messenger video chat with up to 50 friends who don't need to have Instagram, Messenger, or Facebook. Here's how it works.

With Instagram's integrated messaging functionality, you'll use Messenger via Instagram to send direct messages or video chats to both Instagram followers and Facebook friends.

How to Start a Video Chat on Instagram

Make sure you're running the latest version of the Instagram app on your iPhone or Android device.

  1. Open Instagram on your mobile device and tap the Messenger icon on the top right.

  2. Tap the video camera icon.

  3. Scroll through the list of Suggested friends or type a name under Invite to Video Chat.

    In Instagram, tap Messenger, Video Camera, then choose a friend to chat with

    If you scroll down, you'll see a list of suggested Facebook Friends with whom you can also video chat. They don't need an Instagram account for you to video chat with them.

    Your video chat can include a mix of Instagram followers and Facebook friends.

    If you search for someone, Instagram will present options of people you follow on Instagram, your Instagram followers, Facebook friends, and people on Instagram who match your search name.

  4. Tap a person to add them to your video chat (you can invite up to six people).

    Add Instagram and Facebook friends to a video chat via Instagram
  5. To remove someone from your video chat, tap the back button on your keyboard, then tap the X next to their name.

  6. When you're ready, tap Start to begin your video chat.

    During your video chat, tap Effects to add fun filters and effects, tap Media to include a photo or video, or tap Add to add a person to your chat (if you're not already at six people).

  7. Tap the X to end a video chat.

    Remove participants, then start and end an Instagram video chat

    Tap the Minimize button at the top left, which looks like a square within a square, to minimize the video chat and continue browsing Instagram.

  8. After you start a video chat, access that chat group at any time by tapping the chat on your Messenger activity list

  9. In the Name this group box, type a name for your video chat group.

  10. To start another chat with this group, tap the video camera icon. You can also type a message, send a voice message, or send a photo at any time via the Message box

    Tap the video chat, name it, and start another at any time

    Tap any existing Instagram conversation, then tap the video camera, to start a video chat.

How to Start a Messenger Chat Room in Instagram

If you want a larger group video chat, consider starting a Messenger Room. In a Messenger Room, you'll share a link to a video chat with up to 50 friends. Your participants don't even need to have Instagram, Messenger, or Facebook.

You'll need a Facebook account to start a Messenger Room in Instagram.

  1. Open Instagram on your mobile device and tap the Messenger icon on the top right.

  2. Tap Rooms.

  3. Tap Create Room.

    Create an Instagram video chat Room
  4. You'll see a message explaining that you'll be creating this Room under your Facebook profile. To continue, tap Create Room as [your name].

  5. Tap Send next to any Instagram or Facebook friends you want to receive the link, or search for a friend, Tap Share Link to email or text the Room link to someone who isn't on Instagram or Facebook.

  6. When you've sent the link to your participants, tap Join Room on Messenger. You'll be taken to your Messenger room where you'll await your video chat recipients.

    Share your Instagram video Chat room link

If You Don't Want to Receive Instagram Video Chats

You may not want to participate in a video chat. While you can certainly not answer the call, if you don't want to receive any video chat invitations from someone, consider blocking the Instagram user.

If you'd rather not be contacted via Instagram video or direct messaging by someone on Facebook, limit Facebook interaction via Instagram settings. Here's how to stop Facebook friends from messaging you via Instagram.

  1. From your account page, tap Menu (three lines).

  2. Tap Settings.

  3. Tap Privacy.

    Instagram Privacy settings
  4. Tap Messages.

  5. Tap Facebook Friends or People You've Chatted With on Messenger.

  6. Tap Don't Receive Requests.

    Stop receiving messages from Facebook Friends
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