Instagram launched Live Videos to its app’s Stories feature back in December 2016. At launch the feature was exclusive to individuals residing in US. Approximately a month later, the Facebook owned company is finally rolling out the feature globally.
It might seem that both Facebook and Instagram are offering the same feature but the mode of delivery is totally different. Instagram Live Videos are different from Facebook Live Videos in that they totally vanish once the live broadcast is terminated. The video will no longer be visible on Instagram once you end the live broadcast.
Another important point is you will only be able to record live video up to a maximum of 60 minutes which is essentially one hour. In layman’s language, one session of live video broadcast can last for a maximum of only one hour.
How to Start a Live Video
Note that you will need to update your Instagram app to version 10.0 and above.
- Launch your Instagram application
- Tap the camera icon in the top left corner of the screen.
- Alternatively, swipe right from anywhere in feed.
- Tap Live at the bottom of the screen.
- Then tap Start Live Video.
Your followers will likely receive a notification when you start a live video.
The number of viewers appears in the top right of the screen and comments appear at the bottom. To add a comment simply tap the Comment option. You can also pin a comment to the top so that viewers can see it more easily. To pin a comment, you simply tap and hold on it.
In case you want to turn off comments, Instagram has got you covered. You only need to tap and select Turn Off Commenting. To end your Live Broadcast is as simple as tapping End in the top right. A screen will appear asking you to confirm if indeed you wish to terminate your broadcast. Tap again to confirm.