How to Find Live Videos on Instagram

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Written by: Alex Popa


How to Find Live Videos on Instagram

Do you want to watch live videos on Instagram?

You can do that, either to people or follow or to random people on Instagram.

With people you follow, you’ll get a notification at the top of your feed that they’re live.

However, you won’t receive such notifications from random people.

To watch random live videos, the process is different.

How to find live videos on Instagram

  1. Go to your Profile
  2. Go to Settings
  3. Select Notifications
  4. Tap on Live and Video
  5. Select “On” under the Instagram Live Video menu
  6. Search for #igtv on Instagram
  7. After the page loads up, select an

This guide will teach you how to search for and watch random live videos on Instagram when you feel like it!

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How to Find Live Videos on Instagram

Enable Notifications for Instagram Live Videos

Before we get into random Instagram live videos, you should know that you don’t always get notifications when people you follow go live.

To receive the notifications, you need to enable them first.

You can do this by going to your Profile, tapping on the Hamburger Icon, and going to Settings.

Instagram Settings
Instagram Settings

Then, select Notifications.

Instagram notifications
Instagram notifications

After that, tap on Live and Video.

Instagram Live and Video menu
Instagram Live and Video menu

Finally, select “On” under the Instagram Live Video menu.

Turn Instagram Live Videos on
Turn Instagram Live Videos on

You’ll receive notifications whenever someone you follow posts a live video or Instagram story.

How Can You Find Random Live Videos on Instagram?

To find random live videos on Instagram, you’ll need to go to IGTV.

You can search for it on the Instagram app.

Go to the Tags section and select the #igtv tag.

This way, you’ll only see posts and videos with the IGTV tag.

Hashtags on Instagram
Hashtags on Instagram

Then, select any video or live stream to watch after the page loads up.

Tapping on an Instagram video
Tapping on an Instagram video

If you search for the “videos” tag on Instagram, you’ll find plenty of random videos.

Searching for videos on Instagram
Searching for videos on Instagram

Alternatively, you can download IGTV from Google Play or Play Store to watch random videos.

This is a dedicated Instagram app for watching videos.

Think of it as Instagram’s version of YouTube.

Downloading the IGTV app
Downloading the IGTV app

You can also search for the “live videos” tag on Instagram or IGTV.

It’ll only show live videos or recently finished live videos and live stream clips.

Instagram live videos tag
Instagram live videos tag.

That’s it; now you can look for any live videos!


Currently, no feature on Instagram lets you see trending live videos on the social media platform.

It would help if you searched for them using the tag feature instead.

However, looking up live videos will be simple enough once you get the hang of that.

You can use the IGTV app, as well.

Download it from Google Play or Play Store, and you have a dedicated app for Instagram videos, including live ones!

The above is also valid for live streams, live rooms, and other Instagram story videos.


Can you watch an Instagram live video after it has ended?

Yes, you can.

The person hosting the live video may share that video on their story for 24 hours.

Be sure to check their Instagram profile and look at their story.

If the video is there, you can tap on it to watch it instantly. You’ll also see the likes and comments at the same time.

You can also open up that person’s IGTV feed and look up the video you want to see.

If they saved the video on their IGTV feed, you could see it from there.

However, you won’t see the likes and comments there. Only the Story shows comments and likes.

Lastly, users can pin their live videos in their bios and highlights.

However, this can only be done by adding the video to the story and the highlights.

Why can’t I see an Instagram live video?

Not being able to watch an Instagram live video could be caused by several reasons.

It could be a bug with the app or malfunctioning your device.

Your internet connection may be too slow, as well.

Check your internet speed through a free speed test and see the results.

Alternatively, you can try rebooting your phone and clearing the Instagram cache.

Sometimes, the cache is too full, and you can’t watch any other content on Instagram.

The app downloads photos and videos to your phone to watch them.

While it is temporary, this takes up space on your phone.

Once it hits a cap, Instagram won’t download any more content (like videos), which means you won’t be able to watch them.

Why is IGTV not showing?

Recently, Instagram decided to modify its IGTV feature.

Now, IGTV videos will be mixed up with normal videos.

So, when you want to watch an IGTV video, you’ll need to go to the “Video” tab.

There are four types of content on Instagram: reels, feed posts, videos (regular and IGTV ones), and Instagram stories.

This decision came because no one used the IGTV feature.

For simplicity, they removed it entirely and combined regular and IGTV videos in one place.

Moreover, it seems you’ll still be able to save live videos even after IGTV disappears.

You’ll also be able to post videos up to one hour long without having 10k followers.

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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