How to Pause on Instagram Reels?

BY Sourav



Reels on Instagram are a great way to reach audiences, express brand stories, collaborate with communities, and get discovered by people who love your business. This is a well-known feature for creating 15-30 seconds short and engaging multi-clip videos on Instagram. 

While you enjoy watching reels, you may have observed there’s no pause button. You perhaps want to pause a video to watch later or take a screenshot. But it seems Instagram hasn’t included an option for it. So, if you want to know how to pause Instagram reels, here’s the guide for you.

How to Pause Instagram Reels on the Mobile App

In order to pause Instagram reels, open a reel and then press and hold down your finger on the screen. Remember as soon as you release the finger, the reel will begin playing again.

Follow these steps to pause a Reel on Instagram through the app:

Step 1. Open the Instagram app on Android or iPhone and tap the Reel icon in the middle part of the below menu bar.

Step 2. Scroll down to find a reel that you want to view. The Reel will begin playing automatically on the screen.

Step 3. To pause the Instagram Reel for a few seconds, don’t simply tap in the middle. Doing this will only mute the video, not pause it. Instead, tap and hold on to the screen to pause the Reel video.

If you wish to resume the video, let go of the screen, and the Reel will start playing.

How to Pause Instagram Reels on a PC

Step 1. Open Instagram from any browser or download the app on the PC.

Step 2. Scroll through the feed to find a Reel or click the compass icon at the top-right corner to open a gallery of Reels.

Step 3. Now, click on a Reel to play it.

Step 4. Click the middle of the Reel video to pause it on your PC.

Once you successfully pause the Reel, a white play button will appear on the screen.

To unpause the Reel, again click the middle of the screen to start playing.

How to Pause an Instagram Reel on Facebook?

If you have shared an Instagram Reel on Facebook, users may view your public reels on Facebook. The best part is Facebook recommends Instagram Reels where you can use the “tap to pause” feature to pause a video.

To pause a Reel on Facebook, simply make a single tap on the screen and the Reel will pause instantly. To resume the video, tap the screen again.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you pause Instagram Reels?

Yes, you can pause Instagram Reels by opening a reel and then tapping and holding down the screen. Once you lift your finger from the screen, the video will start playing again. It works in the same manner you pause a story on Facebook or Instagram from Android and iPhone.

Why can’t you pause Instagram Reels?

If you can’t pause Instagram Reels, it means Instagram has removed the pause option. It’s because Reels videos are only 30-seconds of recording and you can replay them quickly. But you can hold down the screen to pause it for a brief moment on the mobile or click the middle of the Reels’ screen on a desktop.

That’s it. The article has shown you the quickest possible ways to pause a reel on Instagram. Give them a try according to the device you’re using for Instagram. If you have any more queries, feel free to ask us using the comment section. Thank you for reading.

About The Author


Sourav’s been working as a freelance writer and blogger for over five years. She is a firm believer in big dreams and realizing them. Her work has been published in Women On Writing, Be a Freelance Blogger, Make a Living Writing and Brazen Careerist among others