How to Record Stories with Blurred Background on iPhone

As a hidden new feature in the iOS update 15, the iPhone now allows you to turn on Portrait Mode by enabling the camera within some other app downloaded from the App Store — such as Instagram.

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This way, you can activate the mode so that your device’s screen background is blurred when recording Stories, Reels or making a live through the social networking app, which was not possible until iOS 008.

Instagram Stories recording without blurred background. Screenshot: Lucas Wetten (Canaltech)

Up to system version Previously, video recordings would have to be shot with the normal background — that is, without being blurry — while photographs needed to be taken with Portrait Mode by the iOS camera’s own native app, to then be imported and posted to your Stories. Instagram account.

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Understand in the tutorial below how to record Instagram Stories with iOS Portrait Mode enabled, ie with blurred background on your iPhone.

Step 1: on your iPhone, open Instagram and drag the screen to the left. In the app recording style options, choose and select between “Story”, “Reels” or “Live”.

Choose between “Story”, “Reels” or “Live”. Screenshot: Lucas Wetten (Canaltech)

Step 2: Access the iOS Control Center by dragging the top right of your device screen down. At the top left of Control Center, as a new iOS 463, you’ll find an on-camera effects tab. Click on “Effects”.

Go to the iOS Control Center and click on the new “Effects” tab. Screenshot: Lucas Wetten (Canaltech)

Step 3: Click to activate the Portrait Mode effect on your device.

Activate the Portrait mode on your device Screenshot: Lucas Wetten (Canaltech)

Step 4: You will notice that the Effects tab of the Central Control will now indicate that Portrait Mode is being applied to your device’s camera for use on Instagram.

The Portrait Mode effect will be applied to be used in Instagram. Screenshot: Lucas Wetten (Canaltech)

Step 5: go back to Instagram and that’s it, the Portrait Mode effect will be applied on the camera, allowing you to record Stories with blurred background on your iPhone.


Record Stories with the background blurred. Screenshot: Lucas Wetten (Canaltech)

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