Instagram TV was first released I’m 2018 and speculators have predicted that it would be YouTube's biggest competitor one day. And true to their predictions, Instagram TV has features that make uploading a video less stressful and cheaper. Over 1/3 of all contents posted online are videos and IGTV has created a platform for Instagram users to upload their videos, this is one of the major reasons IGTV has come to stay. Furthermore, its most predominant feature of vertical video format is an attribute that has given it an edge over its competitors. 

Not only does it give Instagram users a video sharing avenue, with its up-to-date features and easy to understand interface, it has lessened the cost and worry associated with creating an official video. 
How To View Saved IGTV Videos?
This may involve filming, editing, lightning, sound and other technical jobs. Videos that are longer than 60 seconds and meet all IGTV's video specifications can be uploaded on IGTV. Furthermore, IGTV has given its users an opportunity to post live videos on their IGTV channel. Initially, these live videos were ephemeral, this means that they last for a short while before disappearing, usually just for 24 hours. 

However, in February 2020, Instagram integrated a “Share to IG” column to allow IGTV users to upload and save live videos that they can watch later. Now, viewing your IGTV largely depends on your account's privacy setting. If your account's private is set to “Private” then only the followers you approve will see your IGTV. However, if your account is set as “Public” anyone can see it. 

Therefore, before you start posting videos on your IGTV channel, set your account's privacy to your preferred choice. Asidefrom these two very important points, there are other means through which you can access an IGTV video. Remember that IGTV videos can either be accessed from the stand-alone IGTV app, through the main Instagram app or through their website at

How to view someone’s saved Instagram video

Before I start, I would like to inform you that you will not be able to see the IGTV logo on the profile of an Instagram user who has an IGTV channel if you haven’t posted any video on IGTV. Secondly, if you follow a user’s Instagram channel, then you will automatically follow his or her account. Finally, when an Instagram IGTV user posts a live video, their profile will appear at the top of your feed with the word “Live” beside it. This serves as an indication that he or she is sharing a live video. To watch it, tap or click his or her profile picture.

From Instagram TV

  • Open the standalone Instagram TV app
  • Tap the button that is shaped like an arrow-mouth that is situated at the bottom of your screen.
  • Click on the search key
  • Type the name of the Instagram user’s IGTV channel or type the name of that particular IGTV video.

From the main Instagram app

  • Download, install and open the main Instagram app on your phone.
  • Tap the search button at the bottom of your feed.
  • Tap the IGTV logo and scroll down the video label and select any video that you would want to watch.
  • If the video you want to watch is not displayed, tap the search IGTV bottom on your screen and type out the name of that particular video. Click on enter after typing the name.


  • Open your web browser and type
  • Login to your Instagram account.
  • Search for the profile of the user whose video you want to watch.
  • When it appears, click on the IGTV logo that will appear on their profile.
  • Go through the user’s videos and choose the one you would love to watch.

How to view your live video on Instagram

Like I previously said, Instagram live videos were initially ephemeral and could not be viewed once it disappeared. However, in a bid to make their users as comfortable as they can be while using the app, Instagram hasprovided a column for “Share to IGTV”. This will ensure that Instagram TV users that make love videos can save those live videos to their Instagram channels and watch them later. 

Note, all the likes that your video got when it was live will be deleted when the video is saved to your Instagram TV channel. This is to say that the likes, views and comments for that comment will start counting from when you shared it to your IGTV channel. Another downside of “Share to IGTV” is that live videos cannot be edited or trimmed on IGTV.

How to view or replay your saved live video on Instagram TV

  • Firstly, you have to share your live video. This can be done by tapping the “Share to IGTV” after shooting your live video and follow the instructions that will be displayed. Don’t, they are easy to understand.
  • Go back to your Instagram profile by clicking the profile button.
  • And view the live video in your profile. Remember, you are likely to see 0 views immediately after you carry out these instructions, in contrast to the multitude of views you saw during the live shooting. Scroll up a bit to “how to view your life video on Instagram” and understand why this happened.
Finally, the introduction of Instagram TV in 2018 increased the viability of the already popular social media platform. Although business accounts have been hesitant about using this stand-alone app, majorly because of the time and cost to create a long length video or a live video. User’s of personal accounts have given great reviews on how beneficial this app has been. You haven’t tried it out yet, then what are you waiting for?