Instagram video chat and new AR camera effects available today

Instagram Explore update

Instagram recently hit 1 billion monthly active users, and the Facebook-owned service isn't showing any signs of slowing down the relentless pace at which it keeps adding new features.

Expected, and finally announced at F8 in May, group video chat is coming to your phone today. The new custom AR filters can be used within Stories, pouring further fuel on the fact that Apple seriously wants to dent Snapchat's business with its Stories functionality across all of its apps. The video chat feature has started rolling out in the Instagram mobile apps. Right on the heels of the introduction of IGTV, Instagram has now officially announced Video Chat, a new Explore tab with channel topics, and new camera effects. Up to four people can join an Instagram video chat at a time. You can have a face-to-face chat with a single individual, or participate in a group chat.

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To start a video chat, just tap the paper airplane icon at the top right corner of your feed to open your Direct inbox, open up a message thread, and tap the new camera icon in the top right corner. To leave the video chat, tap on the red phone icon at the bottom. Do you plan on using video calls within Instagram? To update your video chat notifications, tap the gear icon on profile and find the new video chat control in Push Notifications. There's also a "For You" channel that contains a mix of topics Instagram thinks you'll be interested in. When a user opens the Explore tab, they'll be now presented with a tray at the top with personalised channels. There's a new For You channel which essentially combines the best posts from your interests, and then the other topic channels that consist of other posts. The For You section is the default, but there are also categories for sports, travel, nature, style, art, music and much more.

And lastly, Instagram has partnered with Ariana Grande, Buzzfeed, Liza Koshy, Baby Ariel, and the National Basketball Association to bring its users new camera effects. You can join an active group video chat by looking through group threads; if the camera icon turns blue, just tap on the camera to join the group. If you follow any of those accounts you'll see the new video effects in the camera app.

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