Instagram

Instagram Live

Instagram Live allows you to watch video streams from people you follow in real-time, but you don’t always have to be tuning in from your smartphone.

You can watch Instagram Live videos from any desktop web browser via Instagram.com. If you have a casting/screen mirroring device, you can even watch it on a television screen.

How to Find Live Videos on Instagram

How do you know if an account you’re following is live?

On the Stories bar, you’ll see a row of accounts you follow with their avatar inside circles. If you see the word “Live” at the bottom of a user’s avatar, in the color in red or pink, then that user is currently live.

To watch their livestream, simply click their avatar.

You can also find live videos by clicking the Explore tab.

On the Stories bar, found on the top image and videos, you’ll see popular Live videos at the moment. Instagram provides a curated selection of live videos based on its view count, location, and language.

This is a great way to find influencers and brands you can follow!

When watching a live video, you can tap the heart icon to show your appreciation or leave a comment. Anyone who’s tuning in to the video will see your like or comment. If you don’t want to see comments and likes, simply tap the screen.

Once you start watching a live video, the host and viewers will know that you’ve tuned in.

How to Find Live Videos on Instagram

On the Stories bar, you’ll see a row of accounts you follow with their avatar inside circles. If you see the word “Live” at the bottom of a user’s avatar, in the color in red or pink, then that user is currently live.

To watch their livestream, simply click their avatar.

You can also find live videos by clicking the Explore tab.

On the Stories bar, found on the top image and videos, you’ll see popular Live videos at the moment. Instagram provides a curated selection of live videos based on its view count, location, and language.

This is a great way to find influencers and brands you can follow!

When watching a live video, you can tap the heart icon to show your appreciation or leave a comment. Anyone who’s tuning in to the video will see your like or comment. If you don’t want to see comments and likes, simply tap the screen.

Once you start watching a live video, the host and viewers will know that you’ve tuned in.

How to Go Live on Instagram

To go live on Instagram, tap on the Your Story profile photo (the image next to the + sign).

You can also tap the camera icon at the top left of the Instagram screen.

Tap the camera icon in the top left of the screen or swipe right from anywhere in Feed.

Here, you can choose various recording formats by swiping through five options:

  • Normal – a regular photo or video.
  • Boomerang – a looping GIF-style video created from various photos.
  • Rewind – video that plays backwards or in reverse.
  • Hands free – 15-second video, but you don’t need to hold down the video button to start a video.
  • Live – broadcasts video in real-time, but disappears after you end streaming.

How to Watch Instagram Live From a Computer or TV

Instagram Live allows you to watch video streams from people you follow in real-time, but you don’t always have to be tuning in from your smartphone.

You can watch Instagram Live videos from any desktop web browser via Instagram.com. If you have a casting/screen mirroring device, you can even watch it on a television screen.

Managing Your Broadcast

Once you go Live, your friends and followers who are online, will receive a notification that says, “[Username] has started a live video. Watch it before it ends!” They will see a small “LIVE” badge over your profile picture at the top of their feed.

Once you start streaming, you’ll receive series of hearts from viewers who are watching your live stream. You’ll also be able to receive comments and interact with commenters. You can also pin comments you love, report inappropriate comments, find out who’s watching the livestream and prevent some users from viewing the rest of your live stream.

There are also some viewers who might tune in late. So, be sure to remind audiences the purpose of the broadcast and what they can look forward to.

How to Send Live Videos in Direct

Once you’re live, you can tap the arrow or Direct icon in the bottom of the screen to send your live videos to friends. Your friends will only see the video, if they’re online while the broadcast is happening. Once the video ends, your friends will be notified that your livestream has ended.

You can also send a live video to friends in the same way. All you need to do is tap the arrow or direct icon to send it to your friends.

How to End Live Video

When you’re ready to end the live video, tap “End” in the top right corner of the screen.

You’ll then be able to see how many people tuned in to your broadcast.

You can tap save in the top right corner, to save the video file in your camera roll, or share it to your story. However, the comments and reactions to your video won’t be saved.

Identify the Purpose of Your Live Broadcast

Every live video broadcast should start with a plan.

Think about what you hope to achieve and why your content will be valuable to your audience.

Some live video sessions feature Q&A sessions, product reveals, contest and giveaway announcements. If they can only learn the information via the live session, then that is a great way to motivate followers to tune in.

For example, if you host a Q&A session, followers will be motivated to check out the broadcast because of the opportunity to ask you questions and learn exclusive information.

You can also feature a special guest or influencer to make your live video interesting.

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