Social Media Instagram How to Start an Instagram Live Video Instagram live on air by Elise Moreau Freelance Contributor Elise Moreau is a writer that has covered social media, texting, messaging, and streaming for Lifewire. Her work has appeared on Techvibes, SlashGear, Lifehack and others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Elise Moreau Updated on November 05, 2019 The Ultimate Guide to Instagram The Ultimate Guide to Instagram Introduction Instagram Basics How to Use Instagram Instagram Tips for Beginners Check Messages on Instagram Add or Change an Instagram Background Search Instagram for Tags and Users Add Music to Instagram Video Use Instagram Video Chat Try Instagram Shopping Get Verified on Instagram Clear Search History on Instagram Posting on Instagram The Best Time to Post Save a Draft of a Post Repost an Instagram Story See Previously Liked Posts Post a GIF to Instagram Add Multiple Photos to Stories Save Instagram Videos How to Quickly Repost Photos Saving Photos Deleting Photos and Videos View Saved Posts With Instagram Collections Working With Followers Mute Someone on Instagram See Who Unfollowed You on Instagram Block Someone On Instagram Unblock Someone on Instagram See Who Viewed You Great Tools to Track Comments Remove Followers on Instagram Tips to Get a Shoutout on Instagram Attract More Instagram Followers Delete 'Suggestions for You' IG Tips & Tricks Instagram Tips and Tricks to Try Add Highlights on Instagram Learn About Instagram Direct Use Instagram's Close Friends Feature How to Delete or Deactivate Your Account Reactivate Your Account Reset Your Password Get Started With Location Tagging How to Repost Shoot Videos with Instagram Video Understanding IG Privacy & Security Hide Your Story on Instagram Does IG Send Screenshot Notifications? Make Your Instagram Account Private See Who Saved Your Instagram Posts Download Everything IG Knows About You Manage Multiple Instagram Accounts Hiding Photos Rather Than Deleting Them How to View Private Instagram Accounts What Is the Instagram Virus? Top Instagram Scams The Instagram Money Scam Engaging Users on Instagram Start an Instagram Live Video How to Sell on Instagram Use an Instagram Creator Account Make Money as an Instagram Influencer How to Get More Likes Things You Should Definitely Do Get on the Instagram Explore Page The Best Instagram Apps to Boost Engagement How to Make a Poll Instagram Extras: Captions & More Steal These: The Best Instagram Captions Discover the Best Instagram Filters Have Fun With Instagram Hashtags Use Emoji Hashtags on IG The Easy Way to Track IG Hashtags How to Use the IG Questions Sticker Using Instagram on Other Platforms Can You Get Instagram on Apple Watch? Use Instagram on a PC or Mac Get Instagram for iPad What is the Galaxy S10 Instagram Mode? View Instagram on the Web Online Connect Instagram to Facebook Tools for Posting From the Desktop Tweet Share Email When you want to use the Instagram app to start your own livestream, you'll find the feature hidden in the camera tab of the Stories feature. Instagram Stories changed the way people used Instagram in August 2016. By the end of 2016, Stories was expanded to include a live video streaming feature that allowed users to connect with followers in real-time. The screenshots here were taken on an Android phone, but the outlined procedures should apply to most other current phones as well. How to Livestream on Instagram Starting a live video stream is a bit like preparing to post a story. Here's how: Tap your profile bubble (it's located to the left of your Stories feed, above Your Story). Or, swipe right anywhere in the app to display the Stories camera tab. By default, the camera tab is on the Normal setting, which you can see at the bottom of the screen beneath the capture button. To switch to a live video stream, swipe right or tap LIVE. You're not live yet. To choose the options to share your live feed, tap the gear icon that's located in the upper-left corner of the Live screen. Hide your live video from certain people and allow certain users to reply to your live video using direct message. When you're satisfied with your settings, tap the back arrow next to Story to return to the Live screen. When you're ready to go live, tap Go Live. This triggers the live broadcast of your video, and your followers will be able to see that you're live. To stop broadcasting, tap End. The total viewer count displays to let you know how many people tuned in over the course of your live video. Tap Save to save the session to your camera roll, or share it to your story. Engage With Your Viewers When you start an Instagram live video, your followers can receive notifications to encourage them to tune in. When they do, you'll notice a few things appear on the screen: Viewer count: This appears in the upper-right corner of the screen next to the eye icon.Comments: Viewers can publish live comments on your video using the comment field, which appears at the bottom of the screen. Likes: A heart button appears in the lower-right corner of the screen, which viewers can tap to express their approval of your live video. You'll see a heart animation play in real-time as viewers like it. Pin a Comment or Turn Off Comments Along with talking to your viewers directly through the video, leave comments on your video and pin comments to the screen so that comments stay there for your viewers to see. This is a useful feature if your live video is centered on a certain topic or question. To pin a comment, type a comment into the comment field, post it, and tap the published comment. A menu appears from the bottom of the screen with a Pin Comment option. Alternatively, turn comments off so nobody has the ability to comment. Tap the three dots in the lower-right corner of the screen and tap Turn Off Commenting. End Your Video When You're Done You can broadcast live for up to an hour. The amount of data used while broadcasting a live video varies depending on the show's length and the signal strength. If you're concerned about saving data, connect to Wi-Fi before you start recording. How to Tell When Other Users Are Broadcasting Live You can tell someone is using Instagram Live by looking at the bubbles in your stories feed. The bubbles of friends who are using Instagram Live have pink Live badges displayed directly beneath them. Tap the appropriate bubble to start watching a live feed. Need a bigger screen? Try watching Instagram live from a computer or TV.