Instagram will soon implement video calling feature on its platform as the company is found testing the feature. The video calling feature is still in nascent stages, and if implemented, it can be found under direct messages screen of a chat beside the info button. The Facebook-owned company may add the video calling update by the end of this quarter after testing it extensively, but for now, we don’t have any official information on the feature roll out.
This feature is spotted by WABetaInfo stating that Instagram did not implement any other user interface elements apart from the regular video call icon on the top of the navigation bar. Aforesaid, the video call button can be found in the direct message screen, and a user can make a video call after opening an active chat.
For example, a person did not accept your direct message request, and in that case, the video call icon doesn’t even appear. Essentially, you can only make video calls once the user accepts your message request. In case of your followers, you can directly make a video call.
It is also stated that the feature is still in development stages and the chances are that you may not see the video call icon. But the company may roll out the feature anytime, so keep checking for it. On the brighter side, this feature will be available for both Android and iOS users once it goes official. We’re expecting the feature to go live in Instagram Beta version in the next update.
Like WhatsApp, Instagram is also working hard to implement new features. Recently, Instagram rolled out GIF Stickers allowing users to slap background-less GIFs directly sourced from Giphy. Instagram introduced this feature in collaboration with Giphy.
For the unaware, Instagram already allows users to make direct video calls through the ‘Instagram Live’ feature. For example, you can add your friend with whom you want to go live, which is sort of a video calling feature, but again, your followers will also see the live chat.