How to Reorder Instagram Reels Clips

Instagram Reels have become one of the most popular ways to create fun and engaging short video content. With Reels, you can record multiple video clips, add effects, music, and more to produce creative videos up to 90 seconds long.

One useful but sometimes overlooked Reels feature is the ability to reorder your video clips after you record them. This allows you to arrange your clips in the perfect sequence to tell your story.

As a social media manager with over 5 years of experience creating viral Reels content, I’m going to walk you through exactly how to reorder clips in Instagram Reels.

Why Reorder Reels Clips?

Here are some of the top reasons you may want to reorder your Instagram Reels clips:

  • Record clips spontaneously but arrange them purposefully
  • Fix mistakes in clip order
  • Create suspense by moving your best clip to the end
  • Set up punchlines or surprise endings
  • Improve pacing and flow

Reordering clips gives you more creative flexibility and control when piecing together your Instagram Reels. You don’t have to get the clip sequence perfect on the first take.

How to Reorder Reels Clips on iPhone

Reordering Reels clips on iPhone is simple if you know where to look in the Instagram app.

Follow these steps:

  1. After recording your clips, tap “Next”
  2. Tap “Edit Clips” in the bottom left corner
  3. Tap “Reorder”
  4. Press and hold a clip then drag to new position
  5. Repeat step 4 until clips are in preferred order
  6. Tap “Done”

You can preview your reordered clips at any time. If you need to trim or delete any clips, you can do that on this editing screen as well.

Pro Tip: Save your Reel after recording initial clips. This allows you to delete and re-add clips in the perfect sequence.

How to Reorder Reels Clips on Android

Similarly, reordering Reels clips on Android just takes a few taps once you locate the editing options:

  1. Tap “Next” after recording clips
  2. Tap “Edit Clips”
  3. Select “Reorder Clips”
  4. Press and drag clips to rearrange
  5. Preview reordered clips
  6. Tap “Done”

If you want to add new clips or use existing videos from your camera roll, tap the “+” icon at the bottom left corner on the editing screen.

Pro Tip: Long press a clip while reordering to preview it. This helps avoid mistakes.

Professional Reordering Tips & Tricks

With some practice, you can utilize reordering to take your Instagram Reels videos to the next level.

Tell Stories

Use reordering to build suspense, set up surprises, and tell compelling stories across a sequence of short video clips.

Punchlines & Jokes

Set up jokes and viral meme content by rearranging clips to land the perfect comedic timing in your Instagram Reels.

Transitions & Continuity

Create better flow, pacing, and continuity by reordering clips seamlessly. Use subtle transitions to connect clips.


Strategically move your most eye-catching clip to the end to tease viewers and entice them to replay your Reel.

Reordering Reels Clips on Desktop

While Instagram Reels creation is designed primarily for mobile, you can also reorder clips on desktop to fine-tune your edits:

  1. Visit and log in
  2. Go to your Profile Page
  3. Click “+” then select “Reel”
  4. Click “Upload” to add existing clips from your computer
  5. Click and drag clips to reorder
  6. Trim/delete clips as needed
  7. Preview reordered Reel
  8. Click “Next” and publish

Reordering Reels on desktop gives you a larger screen to preview changes and make precise edits.

FAQs About Reordering Instagram Reels

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about reordering clips in Instagram Reels:

Can you reorder Reels clips multiple times?

Yes, you can reorder clips as many times as you like during the editing process before publishing your Reel.

Can you reorder clips after sharing a Reel?

Unfortunately no, once you share a Reel you can no longer reorder clips. You must delete and re-upload the Reel with clips in preferred order.

Is there a limit on how many times you can reorder clips?

There is no limit to how many times you can reorder clips when editing your Reel. Feel free to experiment until you land on the perfect sequence.

What happens if you reorder clips after adding effects?

Effects and edits applied to specific clips will remain in place even if you reorder clips later. The edits move with each clip when reordering.

Get Creative Reordering Your Clips

As you can see, reordering Reels clips is easy and opens up a whole new level of creative possibilities for your short video content.

Take advantage of this useful Instagram feature to fix mistakes, build suspense, set up surprises, improve storytelling, and make perfectly-paced Reels videos your followers will love.

So grab your phone, fire up Instagram Reels, and start rearranging your clips into captivating sequences!

Let me know if you have any other questions about reordering clips in the comments!