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Instagram Reels Templates: The Game-changing Feature for Creating Reels


By Jillian Warren

Published May 12, 2022

2 minute read

It's a major upgrade for anyone creating Reels 🙌

Last Updated May 12, 2022

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Instagram is introducing a game-changing new feature: Instagram Reels Templates.

With Reels Templates, you can quickly copy clip timings for an existing Reel — saving tons of time and effort.

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

In other words: creating Reels just got a lot easier 🙌

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.

They make the Reels content creation process quicker, removing the need to manually edit each clip to sync with an audio track.

All you have to do is drop your own photos and/or videos into the template, and you're good to go.

If you don't have access to the feature yet, keep an eye out and hang tight!

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How to Use Instagram Reels Templates

The good news? Instagram Reels Templates are really easy to use.

For Reels that have templates available, a "Use template" sticker icon will appear above the name of the creator:

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

Once selected, you'll see the time stamps for each clip in a Reel. Tap "Add media" to replace the clips with your own from your camera roll.

And that's it!

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.

Will you be trying the new Instagram Reels Templates feature? Let us know over on Later's Instagram account.

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Editor's Note: A special thanks to @nichellerobbie for sharing this feature with the Later team as soon as it was released and sharing her images. 🌟

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