Instagram Live Stories Rolls Out Globally: Here’s How to Use it


First rolled out in November 2016 to a limited number of countries, Facebook-owned Instagram has announced that it’ll be making the Live Stories feature will be available to users worldwide over the next week.

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A recent trend on social media networks, the feature works the same way as Facebook Live video as users get a chance to interact the public with Live videos.

Live Videos on Instagram disappear as soon as the broadcast ends.

“Today we’re excited to share that live video in Instagram Stories — a new way to connect with your friends and followers right now — will be rolling out to our entire global community over the next week. From real-time makeup tutorials to live DJ sets, it’s been exciting to watch as the community shares new sides of their lives,” Instagram stated.

Go Live on Instagram

The live feature update to Instagram Stories is easy to use and don’t worry about not enough people making it to your broadcast as the app will notify all of your followers about the Live broadcast.

  • Tap the camera icon on the top left of the screen or swipe right from anywhere on the feed to enable the camera.
  • Tap on Live at the bottom of the screen and then tap on Start Live Video.
  • To end the live video, tap on the End option at the top right of the screen and re-tap to confirm.

You can view the total number of viewers to your live stream on the top right of the screen and the comments will come on the bottom.

You can pin a comment on the top by tapping and holding it, for your viewers to find it more easily. You can add a comment by tapping on Comment.

Users can also find Live videos being broadcasted via the explore tab on the app, where the most popular Live Stories will be features.

Comments can be turned off via the ‘three-dot menu’ and selecting Turn off Commenting option. New users might not be able to share their videos.

The app isn’t going to receive an update from incorporating this feature and the company mentions that devices running with versions 10.0 or later will receive the feature — indicating that Instagram must be enabling the live feature in the app on the back-end.


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