Why Don’t I Have Superzoom On Instagram? The Fix Is Actually Pretty Simple

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If you always feel like you're the last person to know about Instagram updates, I feel you — that's usually me too. It seems like the rest of the world is in on a secret, having a blast, bonding over their new experience with their new feature, and you're twiddling your thumbs, wondering why you don't have the Superzoom on Instagram — because yep, that's the new feature, and if you don't have it yet, you're about to get some serious FOMO because it looks awesome.

If you've noticed, Instagram is one of the only apps that seems to hit a home run every time they add a new feature. No one gets upset, no one gets frustrated with the changes, and no one wishes it would just go back to being how it was. No, every time Instagram adds a new feature, people rejoice. The changes within the app are consistently embraced and revered. The company is just that good at anticipating what will work with their users. And clearly, they've noticed that we're all very into directing full on film shorts for the stories feature. The more effects, the more decorations, the more filters, the better — and now with Superzoom, our stories are about to get a lot more fun... and ~dramatic~.

Similar to Boomerang, Superzoom supplies an artistic effect that makes even uneventful footage exciting to watch. If you have the update in the app, just select Superzoom in the camera and decide whether you want to use the rear or front-facing camera. Next, you'll tap and hold to record, or you can tap once to record an only three second clip. You can film literally anything. Your friend's face, your own face, your dog, your lunch, your toes, a fly on the wall — anything that you think is worth zooming in on. Because honestly anything you zoom in on seems kinda funny and worth it when you pair it with a dramatic score, which yes, also comes with the new feature. I mean, what's a dramatic zoom without a dramatic sound effect? If you're a fan of the absurd, Superzoom is going to be your new favorite trick in the camera bag. I would not be surprised if its popularity surpassed Boomerang — yes, it's that cool.

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OK, I'm sorry. I know you're reading this article to find out why you don't have the feature, not to experience even more FOMO than you already had. You know it's cool. Your friends already have it. You've already seen it in your feed an you're freaking out because you can't seem to get it to work on your own phone and today feels like garbage because of it. Here's what to do before having a full-blown mental breakdown over it:

Check For Updates

First and foremost, check for updates if you don't see the Superzoom option already on your phone. Head to the App Store and make sure you're using the latest available version of Instagram, as the feature only exists there.

Sign In & Sign Out

If you've updated the app but still don't see the new feature, force quit the app, and then try signing in and out of the app to refresh it. Sometimes that helps push an update through.

Delete The App

If you still don't see the updated feature, you can delete the app, and then re-download it. Often if there's a bug, deleting it and re-downloading it will help to reset it.

Calm Down

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OK, if you still don't see the update, take a deep breath, and calm down. While the feature is officially out on Oct. 26, Instagram releases their features in a slow roll-out to reduce problems. I mean, think about it, if we all tried to use the new feature at the same time, the whole internet would probably freeze. So wait a day or two for the kinks to iron out, before freaking out. The update will come to you. Just be patient.