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How to Find Live Videos on Instagram

On Instagram, you can find and watch live videos of people that you’re following.

You’ll be able to see people you follow who are live streaming at the top of your Instagram feed.

When someone goes live on Instagram, their profile picture will be marked as “LIVE”.

You can watch them live by tapping on their profile picture.

However, if you’re looking to watch random live videos on Instagram, you won’t be able to see them at the top of your feed.

This is because you can only see live videos of people that you’re following at the top of your feed.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to find, search, browse, or watch top and random live videos/live streams on Instagram.

How to find live videos on Instagram

To find live videos on Instagram, you need to watch an IGTV video and tap on “Browse IGTV”.

After you’ve tapped on “Browse IGTV”, you’ll be able to see random lives on Instagram.

To see more live videos, tap on “See All” and you’ll be able to see a grid list of them.

To find an IGTV video, you can search for the IGTV hashtag.

Then, tap on any video that has the IGTV icon to view it.

Do not view a non-IGTV video because you won’t be able to browse IGTV.

Keep in mind that live videos might not always show up.

This is because there aren’t many people who are live streaming on Instagram.

If that’s the case, you need to check back a few hours later.

Here are 6 steps to watch live videos on Instagram:

  1. Search for “IGTV”
  2. Tap on an IGTV video
  3. Watch the IGTV video
  4. Tap on “Browse IGTV”
  5. Tap on “See All”
  6. Watch random live videos

1. Search for “IGTV”

Instagram IGTV hashtag

Firstly, open Instagram and log in to your account if you haven’t already.

On the bottom navigation bar, you’ll see multiple icons.

This includes a home icon, a search icon, a plus icon, and more.

Tap on the search icon on the bottom navigation bar to go to the explore page.

On top of the explore page, you’ll see a search bar.

Search for “IGTV” using the search bar.

Next, tap on “Tags” to see only the hashtag search results.

Then, tap on the IGTV hashtag (#igtv) to see posts that have the IGTV hashtag.

2. Tap on an IGTV video

Instagram IGTV video

After you’ve tapped on the IGTV hashtag, you’ll see a grid list of posts that have the IGTV hashtag.

Now, you need to find an IGTV video.

An IGTV video is marked with the IGTV icon.

Tap on an IGTV video (that has the IGTV icon).

Do not view a non-IGTV video as you won’t be able to browse IGTV videos.

3. Watch the IGTV video

Watch IGTV video

After you’ve tapped on an IGTV video, it will expand.

If the video is an IGTV video, you’ll see a “Watch IGTV video” option.

However, if the video is not an IGTV video, you won’t see the “Watch IGTV video” option.

Now, you need to expand the video again.

To do so, tap on “Watch IGTV video” to watch the video on fullscreen.

4. Tap on “Browse IGTV”

Browse IGTV

After you’ve tapped on “Watch IGTV video”, the video will expand.

Now, you’ll be able to watch the video on fullscreen.

On the bottom right corner of the video, you’ll see a “Browse IGTV” option.

Tap on “Browse IGTV” to browse IGTV.

This will allow you to see random live videos/live streams on Instagram.

5. Tap on “See All”

How to find live videos on Instagram

After you’ve tapped on “Browse IGTV”, you’ll land on the IGTV page.

On the IGTV page, you’ll see a couple of headers.

This includes “Live Now” and “Videos For You”.

Under the “Videos For You” header, you’ll see recommended IGTV videos for you.

Under the “Live Now” header, you’ll see random live videos on Instagram.

You’ll also see a “See All” option next to it.

Tap on “See All” to see all live videos on Instagram.

Keep in mind that the “Live Now” section might not show up all the time.

This is because not many people are live streaming on Instagram.

If you don’t see it, you need to check back again after a few hours.

6. Watch random live videos

How to watch live videos on Instagram

After you’ve tapped on “See All”, you’ll see a grid list of random live videos on Instagram.

Typically, the live videos at the top of the list have the most number of views.

In other words, the most popular lives are at the top of the list.

As you scroll down the list, the views get lesser and lesser.

Tap on a live video on the list to watch it.

You’ve successfully learned how to find and watch live videos on Instagram!

Conclusion

Finding live videos on Instagram is complicated because you need to browse IGTV videos.

Currently, there isn’t a “Top Live Videos” feature on Instagram, so you won’t be able to find popular live streams.

If you want to watch a live video of someone that you’re following on Instagram, you can tap on their profile picture.

However, if their profile picture is not marked as “Live Now”, it means that they are not live streaming on Instagram.

Keep in mind that the “Live Videos” section does not show up all the time.

If it doesn’t show up, you need to check back a few hours later when more people are live streaming.

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