How to Use Focus/Portrait Mode in Instagram on iPhone

It's indeed fun to use Focus or Portrait Mode in Instagram on iPhone! You can take attractive selfies and videos with the blur effect. But to me, the biggest highlight of this feature is the support of older devices like iPhone SE, iPhone 6s/6s Plus and iPhone 7.

Instagram has introduced ‘Focus’ to let users capture shots using blur effect. It’s almost similar to the Portrait Mode that the Camera app for iOS offers. Using Focus in Instagram on iPhone is quite upfront, and it works for both selfie and rear camera.

You can use Instagram’s Portrait Mode to capture both photos and videos. Another notable thing about this feature is that it’s available even on older devices like iPhone 6s or later. This update (version 39.0) is available for both iOS and Android.

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How to Use Focus/Portrait Mode in Instagram on iPhone

Ensure that you have SE, 6S, 6S+, 7, 7+, 8, 8+ and X. Besides, make sure to update the app to the latest version, if you haven’t already. Simply open App Store → Updates → and hit the Update button next to Instagram.

Step #1. Launch Instagram on your mobile device and open the camera.

Step #2. Now, check out “Focus” next to “Superzoom” under the record button.

Now, you can either capture a hot selfie or switch to the back-facing camera to take the photo of your friend.

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When it finds someone in the shot, the person stays in focus while the background softly blurs.

Step #3. Now, you need to tap to take a photo or tap and hold to record a video.

Step #4. Next up, take advantage of various creative tools like filters, stickers, and text to adorn your photo. Once you are done, share it with your friends on Instagram Direct or add to your story.

That’s pretty much it!

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Wrapping up:

Now, go ahead and snap a lot of cool shots and do share your thoughts about this portrait-mode style feature.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.


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