How to go live on Instagram, to broadcast video in real time to your followers

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Instagram launched its live video feature in late 2016 , as a way to compete with Snapchat. Since then, the social media company has built upon the function by adding other features like questions and the option to add friends to the live video, too.

Many celebrities, like Cardi B, use Instagram live video as a way to speak directly to their followers.

Going live on Instagram can be a fun way to let your followers see events happening in real time, like a concert or special event. It’s easy, too, and you can access it using Instagram’s story function on your iPhone or Android.

How to go live on Instagram using an iPhone or Android

1. Launch the Instagram app.

2. Find the camera icon at the top of the page above the icon of your profile photo to access Instagram Stories.

3. In Instagram Stories, toggle through the options at the bottom by swiping and find “Live.”

4. To go live on Instagram, tap “Go Live” Instagram will then notify some of your followers that you are doing a live video.

5. As followers begin to watch your live video, you will see their usernames appear at the bottom.

6. To end a live video, tap “End” in the top right-hand corner. Once the live video has ended, Instagram will show you how many people viewed your video and give you the option to share the video for the next 24 hours so those who missed you live can see it via your Instagram stories.

How to go live on Instagram with a friend

1. Launch Instagram.

2. Tap the camera icon above the icon of your profile photo in the upper left-hand corner.

3. Toggle to find “Live” in the options for Instagram Stories.

4. Tap “Go Live.”

5. Once you are live, tap the icon with two smiley faces. You can only go live with someone who is already watching your live video.

6. If you want to invite someone to join your live video who isn’t already watching, tap “Send to” and find their username in the list to send a request for them to watch your video.

. Next, tap on a friend’s name and then tap “Add.”

8. Once they’ve accepted your request, their video should appear alongside yours in a split screen. To remove your friend from the Live video, tap the “x” at the top right of their screen.

9. To end your live video, tap “End” in the upper right-hand corner.

How to request to be in another user’s live video on Instagram

1. Open another user’s live video and tap “Request.”

2. Then, tap “Send request” to request to be in their live video.

3. You will then receive a notification whether or not your request has been accepted or denied.