How to Go Live on Instagram

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With Instagram’s Go Live option, you can start a video broadcast of yourself and let people on this platform watch and interact with it. We’ll show you how to do this on your iPhone, iPad, and Android phone.
When you go live, Instagram notifies some of your followers so they can watch your broadcast. They can then watch as well as post comments on your live video.
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Instagram’s website doesn’t offer the option to go live. So you will have to use your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone to start a live broadcast on this platform.
To start, open the Instagram app on your phone. In the app, at the top-left corner, tap the “Your Story” option.
Tap "Your Story" in the top-left corner of Instagram.
On the “Your Story” screen, at the bottom, swipe left and select the “Live” option.
Tap "Live" on the "Your Story" screen in Instagram.
On the “Live” screen that opens, above the “Live” option, tap the “Go Live” icon.

And immediately, Instagram will start your live video. It will start sending notifications to some of your followers that you have gone live.
When you’ve gone live, in the top-right corner of the Instagram app, you will see the number of people watching your live video. At the bottom of this screen, you will see the comments from your viewers.
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View audience count and comments in Instagram live.
You can change how people interact with your live video. To do so, at the bottom of the Instagram app, next to “Add a Comment,” tap the three dots.
You will then see the following options:
Instagram live options.
When you’re finished, and you’d like to end your live video, tap “X” in the top-right corner of the Instagram app.
Tap "X" in the top-right corner of Instagram.
You’ll see a prompt asking to confirm your choice. Here, tap “End Video.”
Tap "End Video" in the prompt on Instagram.
Instagram will end your live video. You’ll now see a “Live Video Ended” menu, which lets you decide what you’d like to do with your live video’s recording.
The available options are:
Instagram's "Live Video Ended" menu.
And that’s how you interact with your Instagram audience in real-time! Happy video chatting!
Like this, Instagram offers many other audience interaction options, like the ability to find the accounts you never interact with on the platform.
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