How to blur out part of a picture on Instagram (Android &iPhone)

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Instagram has many features which users can use to play around with their clicked image to show more creative stuff to the world.  A few months back the Instagram had introduced the Focus feature that gives a sufficient amount of Blur to your selfie pictures in order to give a touch of DLSR photography. However, this feature can only be used in the live camera. Means images those clicked using the Instagram app in a live mode but what about the other pictures? It is not possible everytime to click images within the Instagram app, so there is a solution called Tilt-Shift which is enough sufficient to blur out the part of the picture on Instagram. Hence, let’s see how to blur the background or create a bokeh effect in pictures on Instagram for both Android and iPhone.

The glance of the steps you need to follow:

  • Go to Instagram.
  • Tap on the plus sign (+) to create a new post.
  • Select the Picture you want to upload on the Instagram.
  • At the beside the Filter option, you will see EDIT, tap on that.
  • Scroll the option towards the right side and you will see TILT SHIFT, tap on that.
  • Two blur effects: Liner and Radical blur option will be there.
  • Select one according to your image or scene requirement.
  • Once the blur effect applied successfully.
  • Tap on Done and share the Image on Instagram.


Comprehension of the above steps with screenshots:

Step 1: Open the Instagram app on your Android or iPhone smartphone from the menu. In case you are new to Instagram then you have to create an account and log in with the same credentials to work with it.

Step 2: Once you there, tap on the plus (+) sign given in the square box to at the bottom of the center to create a post for Instagram.

Upload and blur the background in Tilt shift on Instagram

Step 3: Select the image you want to post on Instagram and tap on the NEXT button.

background blur in instagram pictures

Step 4: Tap on the Edit button to perform some editing on the picture.

Blur out the part of image in Instagram app on Android and Iphone

Step 5: Scroll the options to the left side and tap the Tilt-Shift option of the Instagram.

Tilt Shift Instagram

Step 6: Under the Tilt-Shift editing tool you will find two types of options one is Radical and the other one is Linear.

Radial: This option will allow you to blur out the parts of the image but in a circular pattern, means the center part of the circle will remain clean while the rest of will burred out from the photograph. To use this tool, just use the two fingers in or out to adjust the area of the picture to blur. For reference, how to do it, see the below screenshot.


How to blur out part of a picture on Instagram 1

Linear: It is the second blur effect option in Tilt shift of the Instagram which allows a user to implement the blur effect on the images but in a linear contour. Just like the Radical blur we mentioned above, here you also have to use your finger in the same way you used to zoom in or out some photographs. Select the amount of area you want to cast under the blurry effect.

Once the effect added just Tap on the DONE option and post the picture on Instagram.

instagram background blur

In this way, you can add some amount of blurriness in any picture you about to post on Instagram on the fly.

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Rajkumar Maurya
Rajkumar Maurya is the H2S Media tech expert. He’s always been passionate about technology and has been writing on the subject since 2014. He has extensive knowledge of all kinds of technology, from consumer-tech to enterprise solutions. You can contact the author at--


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