How to Live Stream on Instagram

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: August 3, 2020
How to Live Stream on Instagram

Have you hear of the famous Instagram live stream, a popular among top Instagram influencers? Not only does this app offer the possibility of broadcasting live video from Instagram, but it also offers Instagrammers the chance to interact with their followers almost immediately.

Can you imagine being at a football stadium and live broadcast your team scoring on Instagram? Taking a peek at a concert your best friend's gone to without even getting off the couch? This Instagram video tool, pretty similar to those of Periscope and Facebook Live, has its own exclusive features too. For more, keep reading here at oneHOWTO where we're going to show you how to live stream on Instagram step by step.


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Steps to follow:


To live stream on Instagram you will need to download the latest version of Instagram. if you're an Android user you must have noticed it's updated on its own, but if this is not the case, go to Play Store and search for Instagram and click on update.

Once your app has been updated, entering Instagram, you should notice how a new live video option is available on your Instagram stories.

For more, read how to upload an Instagram story from the gallery.


So, how do you use Instagram live stream on stories?

On the top left part of your screen, next to the history feed, you'll see a camera logo. If you click on it, you'll find several options to record video on Instagram.

How to Live Stream on Instagram - Step 2

Once you have opened this camera tab, you have a couplf of options at the bottom of your screen, including "normal" and/or "boomerang" modes. You will also find the option called "live", where you'll be able to live stream your videos on Instagram.

If you click on " Start Live Video" you'll see a notification appears on the screen reading: " We'll notify some of your followers so they can join you. Live videos are only available while you're live and will disappear afterwards". Once this has been accepted, you can start to live stream on Instagram for any of the followers who wish to join you.

To end your Instagram live stream, click on the top right button 'End' and confirm by clicking on the 'End video' button.

How to Live Stream on Instagram - Step 3

Every time you start live streaming a video on Instagram your followers will receive a push notification in which they are notified that you are live streaming. Immediacy is key for this new function, as people will only be able to see what you're recording while you're live, it will not be saved in your history like Instagram stories, unless you share it. After ending your live video stream, you´ll see an option to share your live broadcast, once clicked, the video will be available for up to 24 hours.

With the latest version of Instagram you can also go live with a friend now.


This update does not change any of the other features that Instagram had previously. If you don't want to live stream, you can keep on uploading videos in the usual way. Moreover, you'll still be able to upload videos that last for 24h or those that stay on your Instagram wall forever.

However, you may want to check your personal settings in order to disable comments from users during live streaming and to avoid certain users from seeing your live videos too. You can do so by clicking on the 'Settings' button, depicted as three vertical dots on the top right of your profile page. Scroll down to 'Story settings' and choose your preferences as you wish to.

How to Live Stream on Instagram - Step 5

Apart from the videos, this new Instagram update has made some changes when it comes to the app's features. To begin with, private messages on Instagram direct can also send videos or disappearing messages that vanish after the receiver has viewed them.

In an attempt to fight Snapchat, Instagram as decided to veer towards some of the features of their rival app. As Snapchat does, Instagram also is going to send push notifications if a user has made a screenshot too.


Want to learn about other Instagram tricks? Take a look at how to add music to Instagram or how to create a Christmas card with Instagram!

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Livesteaming is not available in the USA so this article is pointless
Max. D Gray
Be patient Aaron, the latest update will soon get to the US. Let the European Instagram users learn how to use this feature though!
Kind regards!
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