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InstaBooom is your third-party Boomerang app for Windows 10 Mobile

Boomerang is an official app from Instagram that takes a burst of photos and stitches them together into a high-quality mini video that plays forward and backward. It's already available on Android and iOS, but still missing in the Windows Store. While Windows 10 Mobile users wait for the official app, they can try out a third-party app called InstaBooom that mimics the features found on Boomerang. Check out our hands-on video.

It's not that hard to use InstaBooom. When you open the app, the main screen displays a sample looping image in the background, with two large buttons in front. One button opens the camera to create a Booom, while the other opens a page with a list of images from Instagram with the hashtag, #Boomerang.

When you tap the Let's Booom button, a camera interface shows up. You can switch between the selfie and the main cameras. Tapping the red button captures a burst of photos and stitches them together into a mini video that plays forward and backward. You can then save it to your phone, or share on social media like Instagram. If done right, you can create some really compelling images.


One issue worth mentioning is that we've had problems creating images when holding our Lumia 950 in portrait mode. We hear the camera sounds after tapping the capture button, but nothing shows up in the image preview. Capturing an image in landscape mode, however, works fine.

Here's a sample Booom image below:

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InstaBooom is a free download from the Windows Store, but you'll see ads after tapping the Let's Booom button. There's an in-app purchase of $1.49 for an ad-free experience. Download it on your phone and let us know what you think in the comments!

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Mark Guim is Video Editor at Windows Central. He switched to Windows because the MacBook Pro isn't Pro enough. You can follow him on Twitter at @markguim.

  • Downloaded. Didn't work.
  • Yeah for me too it didn't work at all. Lumia 950 Lähetetty Windows 10 -puhelimen Windows Central -sovelluksesta
  • Doesn't work on my Lumia 950 either. I can take the picture ...but it never loads it after processing. Tried on a friends 650 and same thing.
  • Works fine 640/10586.218
  • Sounds kinda lame.
  • The point? Fun... Posted via the intertubes
  • I don't like fun. :P
  • Why not cinemagraph ?
  • Or Blink
  • Used this a few times. Does the job well. For those asking what's the point... Obviously bc ppl like this sort of thing... The effect is a lot like MSFT Blink. Which was always fun to use. Posted via the intertubes
  • Nice
  • Wish there was a Dubmash or app or client at least. The clients for Dubmash are terrible honestly. Zachary Bowling - ZAD Apps
  • There are dubsmash 3rd party apps that work pretty well. I have used Dubscratch
  • cinemagraphs just look so much better, MS needs to update the app/integrate it in the camera app and get facebook to support them. 10x better than live photos or this tacky boomerang stuff.
  • Hello
  • I hope they improve the app... Or hopefully Instagram releases it...