How to start a live video on Instagram

How to start a live video on Instagram

Alexandra - @allebusinesscoach

Apr 2, 2020 - 2 min read

Going live on Instagram is one of the best ways to connect with your followers in real-time. When you start a live video Instagram will prompt all your followers to watch your video with a notification, and your video will get bumped to the front of their Instagram Stories feed.

You can share a live stream video on Instagram for up to one hour. Once your live video has ended, you’ll have the option to download it to your camera roll or share a replay of it to your story.

Here’s how to start a live video on Instagram

Step 1: Tap the camera icon at the top left of your screen.

How to start a live video on Instagram

Step 2: Scroll to the “Live” option at the bottom of the screen and tap the record button.

How to start a live video on Instagram

Step 3: Manage your live video. Here are some tips:

Tip #1. The number of viewers appears at the top of the screen.

How to start a live video on Instagram

Tip #2. The comments are shown at the bottom of the screen on the left side. You can add a comment by typing into the “Comment” box.

How to start a live video on Instagram

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Tip #3. Answer questions from viewers by tapping the “?” icon next to the comments box.

How to start a live video on Instagram

Tap the "?" icon

How to start a live video on Instagram

See your questions

Tip #4. You can invite a co-host to your Live video by tapping the “duet” icon at the bottom of the screen.

How to start a live video on Instagram

Tip #5. If you tap the smiley face icon, you can add an Instagram Story filter to your live video.

How to start a live video on Instagram

Step 4: When you're done, tap “End” in the top right then tap again to confirm.

How to start a live video on Instagram

Step 5: From there, you have the choice to save a recording of your live video to your camera roll or share it to your stories immediately.

How to start a live video on Instagram

Keep in mind that your live video will disappear after you’ve ended it. So it’s always good to save a copy to your camera roll. Also, when you save a live video to your phone, only the video is saved. The comments, likes and viewers info are not saved.

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