How to Get Started with Instagram Live

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Instagram owned by Facebook Inc. is now embracing live video after the launch of new features for Android and iOS users. However, the launch of Live video on Instagram is not a major surprise considering the focus on live video in the previous years. However, the live video on Instagram will disappear after 24 hours. The firm will also be launching a new feature that will enable one to send the disappearing videos and pictures in Instagram Direct. The feature will be similar to the one by Snap Inc.

Instagram is said to have introduced stories back in August as a way that will enable its users to share videos and pictures that disappear after 24 hours. It is a feature that is similar to the Snapchat’s my stories feature. The pictures that are uploaded on Instagram stores are also editable with various drawing tools and texts. Since the Instagram stories were launched, it has developed to become a very popular item for the company, and today it has over 100 million users.

With the new feature, its users are now able to broadcast their live stream to all their followers though the followers will only be able to watch the live video when the individual is broadcasting it. The live video will disappear immediately the show ends and no replays will be available.

So how does one get started with the Instagram Live? The procedure below will give you a systematic illustration on how you can get started with Instagram live.

How you can Broadcast Live Video

How you can Broadcast Live Video

You will have to open your application and tap on the camera icon that is located on the top left corner of your screen. It is also possible to start a live broadcast by swiping right from the feed. The natural and boomerang options will enable you to see the start live video button located at the bottom of the screen.

  1. Start Broadcasting by Tapping on the “Start Live Button.”


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Choose “Start Live Video” button in order to catch real time broadcasting. You will be able to see the number of people who view your stream as well as the likes, comments, and questions. You have the option of turning off the comments or pin an explanation to enable all your viewers to see it.

  1. Pin Comments

Tap and hold on the comment to pin a comment. The comment will automatically be pinned at the top of the feed. Turn off the comments; tap the “More” icon and select “turn off commenting.”

  1. Send Disappearing Texts 
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It is important to remember that the live videos will always be deleted after each of the live sessions. However, you can always send videos to your customers by tapping the “Arrow” icon located at the bottom right. A tick on the circle will indicate that your message has successfully been delivered.

  1. Promote

You can decide to start live streaming by choosing to send your customers notification that will alert them you are now live. The word “Live” will also appear in the “Top Live” stores that are listed under the Explore tab.

  1. Explore live videos


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Whenever a person you are following starts a live video, the word live will always appear under their profile photo in the stories bar. It is also possible to check out for other live videos by going to the Explore tab in the Instagram stores. Click on the “Top Live, ” and you will be able to see a curated channel containing the best live streams currently underway.


With Instagram Direct, you will be able to send direct messages including videos, text, photos and location to one or more people. It is a feature that most people are today using around the world. Currently, Instagram has been trying to introduce disappearing videos and photos to Direct. The receivers of the message will be able to view and replay it once, and it will after that go again.

You will get messages for the disappearing videos and photos in the Instagram Direct inbox while the permanent will not disappear below it. This new feature has already started to roll out in most of the Instagram users.

About the author: Kerin Miller is an experienced Android app developer and a part time blogger. She works for Stellen Infotech – an offshore Android app development company. Kerin loves to write insightful posts for her readers, covering mobile app designing and development industry.