Last month, Instagram announced that they’d be bringing live video capabilities to their platform over the coming weeks. Well, it looks like we’ve passed the “coming weeks” as the social media giant has announced the feature is currently available for everyone.
— Instagram (@instagram) December 12, 2016
Using Live Stories (as they’re called on Instagram) are extremely simple and easy to start. As aforementioned,
To get started, all you do is swipe over to the left of your Instagram feed and select the “Live” option at the bottom of your screen. From there, just start talking. Your followers will get a notification and will be able to access your live stream from either the Stories tab at the top of Instagram or your profile. They can then comment as much as they want as you share whatever you feel you need to go live for. After 24 hours, your live story will disappear, similar to how Periscope used to work.
For your reference, here’s a screenshot of what you should see when starting up Live Stories.
If you’re running v10.2 of Instagram, you already have access to Live Stories on both iOS and Android. If you don’t see the feature, however, users are reporting that by force stopping the app, the feature then pops up. For those of you not running the latest version, you can download Instagram 10.2 for free from the App Store and Google Play.
And yes, Windows 10 users of Instagram should eventually see the update. We’ll let you know when.