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How to pause Instagram reels?

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Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms around and keeps adding one thing or the other to keep it relevant to its mostly young audience. Reels on the platform are one such hook.

Reels are also turning into a way of doing business for small business owners or promoting any new content. Ever come across a piece of information on these reels that attracted you? If so, how does one obtain it from a video of such short duration? Read on below to find out more.

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Pause Instagram reels on app

The way to pause a short video to take a screenshot probably is by simply not tapping on it. Yes, you heard that right; the video will only get muted if you tap once. Not paused? No. The way to pause these few-second short videos is by:

How to pause Instagram reels?
  • Open the Instagram app on your phone and tap the clapperboard icon to start watching reels.
  • If you want to pause a reel, you can tap the three vertical dots in the bottom right. This will pause the reel and show several options, including sharing, remixing and reporting options.
  • Alternatively, you can press and hold anywhere on the screen to pause the reel at the current frame.

Pause Instagram reels on PC

Trying to find reels on your personal computer might prove difficult, as Instagram only provides an icon for reels on their app. However, not to be dismayed, as you can still view reels by visiting any page of your liking or clicking on reels on your daily feed.

Step 1: Open Instagram on either your browser or get it on the Microsoft Store.

How to pause Instagram reels?
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Step 2: You might find a reel on your home page, or you can visit a certain page to view their reels. Once you find one, open it.

How to pause Instagram reels?

Step 3: To pause a reel on your PC, do a single click on the video. Click again to start playing.

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Sania Usmani

Sania Usmani

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