How to Create a Virtual Tour: Matterport & Insta360

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Creating a virtual tour is… surprisingly easy!

Armed with just an Insta360 camera, tripod, and your phone, you’ll be producing high-quality, immersive virtual tours in no time. This guide will run you through exactly what you need and the steps to shoot and share.

How to Create a Virtual Tour: Gear Needed

What you’ll need:

  • Matterport Account – there’s a free option available to get shooting right away. Paid plans start from US$9.99 per month with loads of useful benefits.
  • Camera – our top recommendation for a Matterport camera is the RS 1-Inch 360 Edition Virtual Tour Kit. Co-engineered with Leica, this camera’s dual 1-inch sensors deliver unrivaled image quality with excellent low light capabilities. It’s the premium option and worth every penny. Alternatively, the steps described below can also be done with Insta360 X3.
  • Phone or Tablet – iOS and Android are both compatible.

How to Create a Virtual Tour Step 1: The Set-Up

  • Make sure the firmware on your Insta360 camera is up to date. You can find the latest firmware here or update via the Insta360 app.
  • Download the Matterport app from the App Store or Google Play store. You can find it by searching for “Matterport”. Then, sign up here and log in to your account.
  • Turn on your RS 1-Inch 360 camera. Then, open the Insta360 app and press the yellow button to connect to your camera.
  • Switch to the Matterport App and press ‘Connect to Camera.’
  • Tap the (+) or the “Create New Job” button. Name your scan and allow location sharing when prompted.
Matterport app interface on a mobile phone

You’re all set! When you’re ready, tap the “Capture” icon to begin.

Step 2: The Shoot

First, a few simple things to take care of before you begin your shoot:

  • Clean, organize and arrange your space. Have the place looking spotless as your 21MP 360 photos will show plenty of detail! Try and remove all clutter and personal belongings, as well as personal photographs to avoid them being included in any published material.
  • Watch out for reflections. Try to position the camera so that it is not visible in any mirror or window reflections.
  • Turn on all the lights. Even if some rooms have less natural light than others, this will ensure the camera has at least some lighting to work with.

When everything’s taken care of, set up your camera in the center of the room on a tripod, then get out of the shot (perhaps behind a wall or in the next room). RS 1-Inch 360 has Wi-Fi preview and control so that you can shoot from afar, without spoiling your virtual tour.

Shoot with RS 1-Inch 360 directly from the Matterport app. The camera will capture a 360-degree view of the room from that viewpoint, and automatically transfer the image to your device.

Then, simply move the tripod to the next scanning position, return to your hiding place, and tap Capture for the next shot. Repeat until you have captured the entire property or space.

Step 3: Edit & Share

Once you’re finished shooting, upload your shots to your Matterport Cloud account where a 3D model is automatically generated. Once created, Matterport’s Workshop application lets you edit, customize, and refine the 3D experience.

A 3D model of an apartment created using Matterport software

After you’ve polished your tour, you can share a link with anyone to view it anywhere, at any time. This is ideal for listing properties or sharing on social media.

That’s it! You should now be ready to start creating virtual tours with Matterport and Insta360 RS 1-Inch 360 Edition. However, there’s always plenty more to learn.

Check out this article for info on what makes RS 1-Inch 360 a great camera for virtual tours.

There’s also the Insta360 Enterprise Community on Facebook where you can talk to fellow professionals and see what they’re creating. Or, feel free to contact our Enterprise team directly to see how 360 cameras can benefit your business.


  1. Rafael 2023/02/10 at 7:04 am

    Well, I have the Insta360 X3, but something weird is happening when a try to connect the wifi camera directly by my iphone 13, it always showing that the wifi is not working, so I have trouble to use the matterport sofware and connect to the camera at the same time. But when I connect by the insta360 app nothing wrong happen and I don’t have any problems to use the camera on the insta app, but when I try to connect just to the wifi camera directly on the iphone 13 it always showing that it doesn’t have connection.

    1. Shane 2023/05/11 at 9:41 pm

      I had this problem, I had to plug the camera into my laptop and update to the latest software even though I’d only just bought it.

  2. TechyList 2023/04/07 at 7:44 pm

    This is a great tutorial on how to create a virtual tour with Matterport and Insta360. I’m a big fan of both products and this tutorial was very helpful in understanding how to create a tour.

  3. Videobuddy 2023/06/16 at 6:46 pm

    Wow, such a great piece of content on how to create a virtual tour with Matterport and insta360. this will help me a lot in creating a tour Nice! thanks for sharing.

    1. Insta360 2023/06/17 at 12:13 am

      Hey there, glad you found it useful! Let us know how you get on filming your tour!

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  6. Ryan 2023/06/28 at 7:13 am

    Are there any example 2d photos from the tour? My concern is that the 2d photos won’t be something that I can sell like with my X2 the photos are usually kind of grainy and blurry.

  7. Jorge Duran 2023/08/11 at 12:10 pm

    When using the Insta 360 X3. I set the camera setting to 72MP so I can get the best photo quality. But when I’m using Matterport with the X3 to do my real estate scans, the X3 switches to HDR 18MP.

    Is there a way to leave the camera setting to 72MP?

    1. Insta360 2023/08/14 at 12:08 pm

      Hi Jorge, does it switch to 18MP automatically after connecting to Matterport? What if you change it to 72MP manually on the camera again?

      Please contact our support team for further assistance at [email protected]

  8. Viktor Vass 2023/08/22 at 6:14 pm

    I’ve got an RS ONE INCH edition, do I need to set the camera to HDR photo mode, or matterport is handling that aspect of the capture?

    1. Insta360 2023/08/23 at 3:36 pm

      Hi Viktor, all you need to do is pair your camera to the Matterport software and start capturing. Matterport has optimized all the settings when integrating with us.

  9. Pedro 2023/09/16 at 4:55 am

    I have an insta360 X2 camera and an I phone 13 with this set up, is it possible to do a Tour on the Matterport app?

    1. Insta360 2023/09/19 at 12:48 pm

      Thanks for your interest, Pedro. Yes, X2 is compatible with Matterport.


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