How to Fast-Forward Instagram Reels: 2 Methods

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  • 1 July 2024
  • 8 mins read

Have you ever been stuck watching an Instagram reel that drags on? 

You tap your foot, impatiently awaiting the punchline or that fantastic cat video everyone is raving about. 

Fear not, scrollers! 

There might be a method to get out of the constant scrolling hell. 

Here's how you can fast-forward through Instagram Reels, since, let's be honest, those intros can be a little too long.

2 Ways to Fast-Forward Instagram Reels

While watching videos on Instagram is simple, managing their playback can be challenging. Whether you want to view a video quicker or stop it to get a better look, these steps will help you master video playback on Instagram.

  1. While Watching

To fast-forward a video or reel on Instagram while watching, follow these steps: 

Step 1: Open the Instagram app on your mobile phone.

Step 2: Open the video you want to watch or you can simply go to the reels section by clicking on the video player icon at the bottom of your screen. 

clicking on the video player icon

Step 3: Press and hold the right side of the video player bar or progress bar. 

Press and hold the right side of the video player

Step 4: Drag your finger towards the right to increase the video playback speed. 

Step 5: Use it to skip over irrelevant parts of the video. 

Use it to skip over irrelevant parts

Step 6: Release your finger to return to normal speed playback.

  1. While Uploading

Instagram has been primarily focused on promoting reels and short video content. Specifically, they can be both amusing and informative in a matter of seconds. You can make Instagram reels and fast-forward them while uploading using the following method.

Step 1: Open the Instagram app on your device.

Step 2: Go to your Instagram story by choosing the option in the upper left corner of your screen.

Step 3: From the Instagram story screen, navigate to the reels area. You can also create reels by tapping on the Create (+) symbol at the bottom of the screen.

navigate to the reels area

Step 4: Choose Reel from the options.

Choose Reel from the options

Step 5: You will find a little toolbar on the left side of your screen.

You will find a little toolbar on the left side

Step 6: A speed icon will appear on the left. Click on that symbol to speed up the reels.

Step 7: After clicking on the speed symbol, a little menu will appear.

Step 8: Choose the speed you want for the reels.

Choose the speed you want for the reels

That's how you can fast-forward reels on Instagram while uploading.

While Instagram Reels makes it easy to keep entertained, understanding their replay settings can be a challenge. 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • What are some other ways to quickly look through reel content?


    Look for captions and text overlays: Most reel creators frequently use captions or text to highlight important aspects. Pay attention to these nitty gritty details to get a feel for the topic without viewing the complete video.
    Watch with the sound off: If the audio isn't important, you can mute the Reels and scan them visually.
    Pay attention to the Explore page: Instagram's Explore page recommends content based on your interests. You may find Reels that are more relevant and require less fast-forwarding.

  • Are there any browser extensions that can allow me to fast-forward through Reels on the web version?


    While browser extensions can provide additional functionality, changing Instagram's essential features such as video playback speed is unlikely. It is critical to exercise caution when installing any extensions that claim such features, as they may not be dependable or secure.

  • How do I adjust a video to fast-forward?


    Hover your cursor over the video timeline, right-click on the desired cutting point, and select Split page. Split your video as many times as necessary. After dividing, choose the segment you wish to speed up and select Playback. Next, adjust the video speed slider to the desired speed.

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Get to the Video’s Core Quickly!

While there is no general fast-forward option for all Instagram Reels at the moment, you may use the progress bar that shows on some Reels to skip through the video or change the recording speed before creating your reels. 

If you want to swiftly scan through Reels content, check for the progress bar and tapping feature, and follow producers whose Reels are more relevant to your interests to avoid fast-forwarding completely.