Everything you need to know about the latest Instagram Reels Update for February 2021

Instagram bans Tiktok Videos from Explore feed

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Here’s what you need to know for February 2021.

In a press release recently posted on Instagram, I read that the Reels Algorithms won’t promote any short form videos with a TikTok Watermark on them in the explore feed. This news is Instagrams latest effort taking a stand against TikTok videos ending up on its Reels platform.

Do not…

  • Do not use blurry, low-resolution video
  • Do not recycle video from other apps
  • Do not post a video with watermarks or logos from other apps
  • Do not cover the majority of your image with text


  • Do create short-form video on Instagram using the featured and music offered on the app
  • Do share original and authentic content created on the app
  • Do share unique video in stories and reels that are not already posted on your post feed
  • Do pull the viewer in quickly with your video and make your video intriguing.
  • Do have fun and add a twist or surprise in your video.

Undoubtedly, Reels won’t replace TikTok’s content because an entirely different user base populates Instagram’s platform with another purpose, and that just can’t be duplicated. Instead, Instagram needs to find its own place in the social sphere. Perhaps Instagram will be more popular among a slightly older user base as it’s been around longer and has already built out a rather large following.

I’ve personally noticed that my Reels get 6X the views compared to TikTok, but then again, I can reshare a Reel to stories to keep it fresh on my followers’ minds. On TikTok, I can only share my TikTok to other platforms, which functions only as a reminder to people to come to follow me on yet another platform.

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  • Grab people’s attention by showing more things they already like to see from you. Feeding people more of what they love starts as an experiment and then gets more evident as you see some videos gain more views and engagement. Keep an eye on your previous videos and use that to shape out your content plan moving forward.
  • Inspire with video: It doesn’t need to be a trend; you probably already know what inspires your people, so focus your video on giving them something to learn or feel good about.
  • Use music only from the Instagram music library or original music you have exclusivity with.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment with challenges and try new things. People love variety, so long as it’s exciting and entertaining, give it a try. This unique idea could be your next most viral Reel Video.

Come hang out with me and tag me in your Reels: www.instagram.com/jacquelinejax

Written by Jacqueline Jax

Radio Host @AVALIVERADIO ❤️ Journalist ❤️ I write for people who expect more from life and strive to improve their mindset. You’ll find inspiration here.

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