How to use the Instagram Focus Camera format to create a Bokeh effect in Selfies

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Instagram has recently updated its app to provide a new feature to its users known as Instagram Focus camera format. This new update V39.0 of the Instagram is available for the iOS and Android smartphone to download from their respective store.  This new feature allows you to create bokeh blur effect in the Instagram photos those can save locally or send as Instagram status to your friends along @mention stickers.

Note: Before following this tutorial, update your installed Instagram app to the latest version from the App store (iOS users) and Google Play store ( Android Users).

How to use the Instagram Focus Camera format?

  1. Open the Instagram app.
  2. Slide the screen towards the right side.
    Instagram Focus camera format feature
  3. Besides multiple options and next to SuperZoom you will find the new Instagram Focus camera format feature.                                                                                                                            new Instagram Focus camera
  4. After Selecting the Focus option or feature of Instagram, bring the camera a bit closer to your self in order to create a Bokeh or blur effect in your selfies.
  5. Once you think that your face is in focus and the background is enough to blur then just tap on the Focus button to click a selfie picture. Once you have done us the creative tools to apply and add filters, stickers, and text to your photo or video before sending to your friends on Instagram Direct or adding to your story.bokeh effect, filters, stickers options in Instagram
  6. Now, If you want to add the new @mention stickers of the Instagram, just tap on the sticker icon given above the picture. This will reveal all-new stickers on the Instagram.
  7. After editing or adding stickers you can either save the Bokeh selfie to the Gallery or can send your Instagram status.
  8. If you want to capture the bokeh effect picture of your friends then simply tap on the camera switch icon.
  9. To record the bokeh video then simply tap and hold the Focus button.


The @mention stickers those are right now available for iOS only can help you to connect your friends in a more interactive way than before in Instagram stories. Later the Android users also the get the same.


How to apply @mentions stickers in Instagram stories

  1. After you’ve taken a photo or video in your stories camera.
  2. Open the stickers tray.
  3. Tap the @mention sticker.                                      New Mention sticker for ANdroid adn iOS
  4. Start typing the name of the account you want to mention and select from the options that appear.Instagram mention sticker on iOS
  5. You can then rotate, scale and place your sticker wherever you’d like.

Right now while writing the tutorial article the Focus feature of the Instagram is available on iPhone SE, 6S, 6S+, 7, 7+, 8, 8+ and X and selected Android devices.

This update is available as part of Instagram version 39.0 for iOS in the Apple App Store and for Android in Google Play announced on the Instagram blog.




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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