If you spend a lot of time on Instagram, you have undoubtedly seen Instagram Live videos. But can you watch Instagram Live videos in a browser? The answer is yes and no.
The first thing you need to know is that logging into your Instagram account on a web browser on your PC or Mac will not help. Instead, you’ll need to download an extension.
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How to use Desktop for Instagram
If you’re on a PC or Mac, your options for watching Instagram Live videos are extremely limited. So much so that we recommend that you watch Instagram Live videos through the Instagram mobile app. If you want detailed instructions on how to do this, see the Instagram help page for more information.
However, just because the options for watching Instagram Live on a computer are extremely limited doesn’t mean that there aren’t any browser add-ons for the app. There are tons of Instagram extensions for Chrome that provide enhanced functionality for other site features.
One of the best we have tested is Desktop for Instagram , by Devanco.
Using this app, you can search Instagram for recent videos and photos. You can watch people’s stories, post your own videos on IGTV, and download videos and photos from Instagram to your desktop.
The developers claim that this extension allows you to do everything you would normally do on the Instagram mobile app, including watching Instagram Live videos. However, after testing Desktop for Instagram, we don’t think it lives up to the hype.
Worse yet, we’ve tested many different extensions to find one that lets you watch live Instagram videos in a browser, and Desktop for Instagram is the best option. So, again, we recommend that you use the mobile app for this specific purpose.
Additional apps to try
If you are determined to find another way to watch Instagram Live videos, there are other apps worth trying …
There is a tool called Loola.tv which allows you to stream live video from your desktop across multiple platforms. However, Loola is strictly for content creators, not at followers who want to watch Instagram live on PC. This means that it is not suitable for watching live video in a browser.
Another extension, the application Instagram Windows for PC, also allows you to use Instagram on a desktop. For some time it was recommended as another go-to option for anyone using the social media site through a computer.
Unfortunately, Instagram Windows app does not seem to support Instagram Live on PC. The app also has a much lower rating than Desktop for Instagram. So keep that in mind if you decide to check it out.
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Instagram mobile app is the best option
As we said at the beginning, there is no easy way to watch Instagram Live videos in a browser. The Instagram mobile application therefore remains the best option. But if you’re desperate for another solution, give Desktop for Instagram a try and see if it works for you.