How to Find and Use Instagram Reels Templates

These days, if you want to get noticed on Instagram, you have to jump on the Reels bandwagon. The app now greatly favors Reels over the more traditional type of content, like images. While creating a unique reel on the first try may seem unrealistic, it is actually possible with the help of templates. This tutorial shows how to find and use Reels templates.

Good to know: You can create a reel with a friend. Read on to learn how to use Instagram Collab to create a collaborative reel.

Where can I find reel templates?

Reel templates option was recently added to Instagram, so you will need to update your app (Android iOS) before attempting the steps below.

  1. Launch the Instagram app on your phone.
  2. You have two options: swipe left from your feed and select “Reel” at the bottom or hit the “+” button at the top of your profile and select “Reel”.
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  1. Alternatively, tap the “Reels” button at the bottom, then tap the camera icon in the top-right corner to go to the Create Reel screen.
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  1. Click on “Templates” at the bottom.
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  1. You will be taken to the template gallery, where you can browse the available options by swiping your finger left or right.
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Each option comes with its own pre-loaded audio and image/video placeholders that show you how long they will be on screen.

adviceDid you find some videos you like on Instagram? Here’s how to download Reels to your device to watch later.

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  1. Once you have selected the template you like, click on the “Use Template” option to begin the process of creating your video file.
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  1. Note that you need to have your Reel ready (the photos and videos you’ll be using) and save it to your phone. You cannot film or capture content while creating a Reel as you would when creating a ‘normal’ Reel.
  2. Click on one of the placeholders or the “Add Media” button to select the images/videos you wish to use in your video file.
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  1. You can select all parts in one step.
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  1. On the next editing screen, you can see what the reel will look like once it’s live.
  1. If you have uploaded videos, you can select the part of the video you want to include in Reel by clicking on that part.
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  1. Slide your finger left and right over the feed clip to make your selection. Once you are satisfied with this part, hit Done.
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  1. You can do more editing from the next screen. Fortunately, you are not limited to the default background music included with the template. Alternatively, you can change it from here by pressing the music note icon at the top of the screen. Select your favorite tune or add a “voiceover” or “sound effects”.
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  1. You can add additional customizations, such as your own texts, stickers, effects, sound effects, and graphics.
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  1. When everything is over, hit “Next” again.
  2. Select your reel casing. This can be a snapshot of your video or a snapshot of your device.
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  1. Finally, hit Share to post your video file.
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How to use a template from someone’s reel

Instead, select and use a template that you noticed while browsing the reels by following the instructions below.

  1. When browsing the reels, pay attention to the information displayed at the bottom.
  2. If you select the “Use Template” button, this means that the file was created using a template.
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  1. Simply press it to go to the template page where you can start adding your clips and images.
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  1. Follow the steps outlined in the previous section.
  2. Alternatively, you can press the three dots on the right.
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  1. Select “Use as Template” from the pop-up menu at the bottom.
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  1. There are a bunch of custom Instagram profiles that offer free templates. For example, @reelguruteplates has a very nice selection that you might want to check out. Browse their profile, hit a template and use the “use as template” button to use it.

Get creative by making collaborative reels with Remix. If you haven’t heard about the feature, we show you how to use it in our guide.

How to Find Instagram Reel Templates Using Third-Party Apps

The gallery of Instagram templates built into Instagram is very limited. We are sure that more will be added in the near future and it will become more diverse. However, if you can’t find a template you like, you can turn to third-party apps like Canva (Android iOS) for additional templates.

  1. Open the Canva app on your phone.
  2. Click on the hamburger menu in the lower right corner.
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  1. Select “Templates”.
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  1. Tap Social Media, then the Instagram Posts card.
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  1. Browse the available templates until you find the ones specifically for Reels or use the drop down menu at the top and select “Instagram Reel” from there.
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  1. Browse and use one of the options.
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  1. Click the one that catches your eye to start editing it.
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  1. To export your new file, hit the Share icon at the top and select Download.
  2. Once the video is on your phone, go to Instagram and upload it.

NBSome of these reels templates aren’t free, and you’ll need to upgrade to a paid tier in Canva to access them.

Alternatively, you can also try the Mojo app (Android iOS), which includes a series of free Reel templates. More options are available if you pay a subscription. In addition, you can also try Promeo (Android iOS).

Reels’ Instagram experience is great. However, one thing missing is the custom watch history feature, something that competitor TikTok already offers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I create my own Reel template?

Not when using the Instagram app. However, if you use a service like Canva, you can create a reel template from scratch and use it as many times as you like. You get access to a library of elements that you can combine to create your own template. You can easily adjust it later if you feel the need for a little variety.

Can I use an Instagram Story template to create a reel?

You may have noticed that there is an abundance of apps in the Play Store and App Store that are designed to help you create great stories. It is possible to use these story templates to create reels. The only problem is that they might end up being a little on the static side. This is not always necessarily the case. For example, StoryArt (Android iOS) has many options for animated story templates, as well as some custom Reels options.

Can I upload a reel from my desktop computer?

Technically you can’t, but with the help of a handy Chrome extension called INSSIST, you’ll be able to from the comfort of your browser. If you create a reel with video editing software, you don’t have to transfer it to your mobile device. Note that it is possible to upload videos from a computer – just like posts, not reels.

Image credit: Freepik. All screenshots by Alexandra Arici.

Alexandra Aresi
Alexandra Aresi

Alexandra is passionate about mobile technology and can often be found fiddling with a smartphone from a shadowy company. She started her career in tech journalism in 2013, after working for a few years as a middle school teacher. Always driven by curiosity, Alexandra loves knowing how things work and sharing that knowledge with everyone.

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