Now, you can video chat on Instagram Direct, either with just one person or a group. If your friends are already on Instagram, you can connect across iOS and Android and without a phone number. 

It is unclear, as of now, whether or not the feature will work in the UAE. 

How does it work?

To start a video chat, swipe into your Direct Inbox and open any message thread. Tap the new camera icon in the right corner, and the video chat will ring your friends' phones so they don't miss it. While on the video chat, you can minimize the video and multitask on Instagram, sending messages and photos in Direct, browsing your feed, posting a story and more. 

Video chatting in a group

Video chat works for groups as well. You can video chat with up to four people at a time, and the video will expand as more friends join. If there's an active video chat in a group thread, the camera icon will turn blue. Simply tap the camera to join.When you're ready to leave the video chat, tap the red phone icon at the bottom. 

You can video chat with anyone you have an active Direct thread with. If you block a person, they will no longer be able to video chat you. You can also mute a person if you don't want to receive notifications from them. 

All of these features are available on Android and iOS starting today.