Love those cute short videos showcasing people performing some kind of action in loop? 

Yes – I’m talking about Instagram Boomerang. 

It’s one of my favorite features – and if you are wondering how to create a boomerang on Instagram, you’re at the right place.

Throughout this blog post, I’ll show you:

I’m so excited to share this information with you.

Let’s dive in.

What is Instagram Boomerang?

Launched back in 2015, Boomerang showed up as a video app developed by Instagram that allowed people to record videos in loop. This was the first time – something unique and interesting was created by the Instagram dev team – and they even used this tagline to describe their Boomerang feature:

“It’s not a photo. It’s not a GIF. It’s a Boomerang.”

Back in 2015, Instagram launched “Boomerang from Instagram” as a standalone application. However, as of this writing, it’s not available – as you can directly create Boomerang using your Instagram mobile application. 

How to do that….let’s have a look.

How to Use Boomerang Feature on Instagram

The Instagram Boomerang feature is easily accessible. To use the Boomerang feature on Instagram, launch Instagram story and select the Boomerang option in the left-hand navigation bar. As you select the Boomerang option, you’ll see an infinity sign – which you can hold to record the Boomerang. To help you better understand how to use Boomerang feature on Instagram in 2022, allow me to share the exact steps you need to follow:

Let’s look at each of these steps one by one.

Launch Instagram Story

To use the Boomerang feature on Instagram, the first step is to launch your Instagram mobile application. Log in to your account, if you aren’t already. Now, the next step is to launch Instagram story.

Launch Instagram Story

You can do this by tapping on your profile picture in the top-left corner – just below the “Instagram” text – as visible in the screenshot. If you have already uploaded a story, then you’ll need to tap and hold your profile picture and click on “Add to your story.”

Select “Camera” to record a Boomerang.

Select Boomerang & Record

Once you’ve launched the Instagram Stories recorder, the next step is to select Boomerang from the left-hand bar. You’ll see it as an infinity sign. As you click on it, you’ll see the infinity (Boomerang) icon in the middle of the capture button.

Now, to create an Instagram Boomerang, you need to tap and hold the Capture button. You can also use different filters – as visible on the left and right of the Boomerang capture button. 

How to Use Boomerang on Instagram

To record the Boomerang, hold the capture button and perform some kind of action – which you want to be visible in a loop. 

Once you do it, the next step is to edit the boomerang. 

Edit Your Instagram Boomerang

Edit Your Instagram Boomerang

You can edit the Instagram boomerang prior to publishing it. Once you’ve recorded the boomerang, you’ll see at the top:

  • Infinity sign
  • Add text option
  • Add stickers option along with other features
  • Draw option
  • Save your Instagram Boomerang option

If you click on the infinity (Boomerang) icon, you can:

  • Reduce the size of the boomerang
  • Slow motion
  • Add echo
  • Duo Boomerang filter.

You can even add text or mention location, one of your friends, add stickers and do so much more. Once edited, you can add the Boomerang to your Instagram story. However, if you want to publish it as an Instagram post or save it to your device or use it in any other format, you can save the Boomerang and publish it separately. 

As simple as that!


That’s how you can use the Boomerang feature on Instagram. It’s one of my favorite features that I use while heading out. So, what are you waiting for? Get your Instagram Boomerang journey started today.

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