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Instagram Reels Templates: Create Reels Easier & Faster

Updated on April 28, 2023
4 minute read

Streamline your Reels edits ✅

Published April 28, 2023

This year's motto: work smarter, not harder.

One way to do so? With Instagram Reels templates.

First introduced in May 2022, the feature lets users quickly copy clip timings of an existing Reel — saving you tons of time and effort.

We’re sharing how to use Instagram Reels templates, where to find the best one, and a must-use social media scheduling tool, below. 

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What Are Instagram Reels Templates?

Instagram Reels Templates do exactly what they say on the tin: they provide time-stamped templates to guide your content creation.

Side by side of two Reels that have the "Use template" button attached to their video.

Previously, you'd have to guess the clip lengths required to sync with a specific audio track, and manually adjust your clips.

Now, you can drop your own photos and/or videos into a template, and you're good to go.

The cherry on top? It’s completely free to use. 

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How to Use Instagram Reels Templates

Good news: Instagram Reels Templates are super easy to use. 

Here are two ways to access the feature:

  1. Use Templates Within the Video Editor

  2. Repurpose an Existing Reel Template

P.S. If video is more your style, check out this quick YouTube tutorial

#1: How to Use Reels Templates Within the Video Editor

You can access Instagram Reels templates within the Reels video editor.

Here’s how in three easy steps: 

Step 1: Head to the Reels tab and tap the camera icon

Illustration of the first step when using Reels templates within Instagram's video editor.

Step 2: Slide to the "Templates" tab in the video editor

Here you'll see multiple Reels ideas that you can use to create your own.

Illustration of the second step when using Reels templates within the Instagram video editor.

Step 3: Find a template you like, then tap "Use Template" 

You'll be prompted to add photos or videos from your camera roll.

Using the Instagram Reels Templates feature and adding new media

NOTE: The "Templates" tab in the Reels editor may still be rolling out to users.

#2: How to Repurpose an Existing Reel Template

To repurpose an existing Reels template, follow these basic steps:

Step 1: Scroll your Reels feed until you spot a Reel with a "Use template" sticker icon

It’ll appear above the name of the creator.

An arrow pointing to the Use Template button on an Instagram Reel

Alternatively, tap the three-dot menu icon and select "Use as template":

An arrow pointing to the Use as Template option on an Instagram Reel

Once selected, you'll see the time stamps for each clip in a Reel.

Step 2: Tap "Add media" to replace the clips with your own from your camera roll

Choose a variety of clips (like closeups and scenery) to give your Reel dimension.  

An arrow pointing to the Add Media button which allows you to add your own photos and videos to a Reel Template

NOTE: Reels Templates are only available for Reels with multiple clips that have been edited together within Instagram. If a video has been fully edited outside of the app, Instagram cannot identify the different time stamps for each clip.

Can I Save Reels Templates to Use Later?

Spot a template you love, but not quite ready to record your Reel? 

No problem. Here’s how to save your Instagram Reels template for later, in a couple short steps:

Step 1: Once you see a template you want to use, tap the three-dot menu icon.

Step 2: Next, hit “Save” to add the Reel to your collections and by default, its template. 

Steps illustrating how to add Reels templates to your collections.

When you’re ready to use your chosen template, simply head back to your collections (located in the dropdown menu on your profile) to record your Reel. 

How to Level Up Your Instagram Reels Strategy

Looking to brush up on your Instagram Reels skills even further? We’ve got you covered with these Later blog posts:

  1. Instagram Reels: The Ultimate Guide to All Your Reel Questions

  2. How to Hack the Instagram Reels Algorithm

  3. 7 of the Best Apps for Editing Your Instagram Reels

  4. How to Find Trending Sounds on Instagram Reels

  5. The Top Instagram Reels Trends to Try This Week

  6. How to Schedule Instagram Reels with Later

So, the next time you’re stuck wondering how a creator or brand edited the perfect Reel, remember: there’s probably a template for that. 

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