Today, Instagram has launched group video calls on Instagram Direct as reported by the tech publication TechCrunch.
This feature was officially launched during this year’s F8 and it was a way for the social network to keep up with the other services that offer this feature.
Instagram group video calls will allow upto four friends to group video call together via Direct, which sounds like a reasonable number, unlike what we saw Apple announce way back during WWDC.
Group Video calls comes after Instagram launched IGTV, which is their move to let people upload longer videos (upto an hour). The now 1 billion user strong network is huge now and now offers the classic feed, Stories, IGTV and now Group Video Calling.
There is one cool feature about video calling on Instagram. You can minimize the video call window which can be bounced around the rest of Instagram so that you can continue having the call while browsing the network. People can join the video call while it is on progress and can mute them if you don’t want any more invites.
To start a video call, head over to Direct and tap on the video chat button at the top right corner. You can call anyone you can DM but blocked users can’t call you.
This feature is now rolling out to everyone on iOS and Android so check out for an update at the various App Stores. We now have a plethora of ways to start video calls and people now have multiple ways to video call one another, especially in the Facebook ecosystem.