Instagram: Utilizing AR Results in Instagram Profiles

Facebook recently partnered with three cultural institutions (Le Grand Palais, Versailles Palace and The Smithsonian) to bring augmented reality effects to these organizations' Instagram profiles. These effects allow users to view items from each institution's collections in AR and, in some cases, learn more about them through on-screen text. This feature will be added to other profiles in the future.

Our guide will show you how to use these type of AR effects. We'll use content from The Smithsonian as an example, but this feature works the same in any profile with the feature enabled.

Note: These screenshots were taken in the Instagram application on iOS.

Step 1: While viewing a profile with AR effects, tap the AR Effects tab (the smiling face icon).

Step 2: Tap the AR effect you want to view.

Step 3: At the bottom left of the screen, tap Try It. Note: You can also tap the down arrow in the lower right corner of the screen to save this effect on your camera for future use.

Step 4: Point your device's camera in the direction you want and tap the screen to place the object in front of you. Note: If you want to see the object from all sides, make sure that you place the AR object so that you can physically "go around" it in the real world. Also note that we covered our camera lens for our guide. When using an AR effect, you can see your current environment behind the object you are placing.

Some objects may contain additional information that you can read about the piece. If so, you can tap the numbers at the bottom of the screen to read the individual information.

If a profile has more than one AR effect, you can switch to another by tapping the effect you want at the bottom of the screen.

Finally, you can tap the record button at the bottom of the screen to snap a picture of what you see that you can then share on your profile.

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