What is Instagram Reels Length? Reels Size in Pixels, Frame Rate & More

On August 5, 2020, Instagram announced Instagram Reels.

Instagram reels – the biggest competitor of TikTok or we can say a better alternative to TikTok, lets users upload short videos with audio, effects, and new creative tools. Reels can be recorded directly from the app or can be uploaded from the gallery.

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What is Instagram Reels Length?

What is Instagram Reels Length

Instagram Reels length can be 15 or 30 seconds. By default, it is set to 15 seconds. To change the length, tap on 15(icon) that is present at the left or right side of the screen(depends upon your camera settings).

If you want to move the reels recording options menu to left or right, you can do it in the camera settings under camera tools.

What is Instagram Reels Length

Reels are still shorter in length compared to TikTok and Snapchat Spotlight as they allow users to create videos up to 1 minute in length.

Instagram Reels Size in Pixels, Video Format, Frame Rate

Instagram reels are very similar to Instagram stories both designed to be viewed vertically.

  • Aspect ratio: The recommended aspect ratio for Instagram reels is 9:16.
  • Dimension: Resolution of 1080×1920 pixels is recommended.
  • Reels video format:  MP4 or MOV.
  • Reels frame rate: 30 fps or below.


How long should Instagram reels be?

Reels can be anywhere between 3 seconds to 30 seconds in length.

How do I upload 30-second reels to Instagram?

While you are on the reels recording screen, tap on the “15” icon(located on the left or right side of the screen) icon to change it to 30 seconds.

Can a reel be 60 seconds?

Unfortunately, the maximum length for Instagram reels is 30 seconds.

Can reels be less than 15 seconds?  

Yes. Reels can be less than 15 seconds. The minimum length is 3 seconds.