Instagram IGTV is the latest application put out by Instagram. It is an app that enables long-form videos. Though you could post videos on Instagram earlier as well, it was limited to just 15 seconds for most users. Interestingly, with Instagram IGTV, you can upload videos up to 10 minutes in duration and one hour for select accounts.
You can easily create and use IGTV videos on mobile. IGTV is available as a standalone app as well as within the regular Instagram app. The IGTV app is available as a free download on both Android and iOS.
You can search for videos, browse videos from users you’re following, see popular videos, and even continue watching videos you may have left earlier. But you must have signed in with your Instagram account first. Once you start watching videos you can swipe the screen left or right to navigate through videos, like flipping through TV channels. Now you will be spending more time on Instagram watching videos and that is what the app is designed for.
What Is Instagram IGTV?
In the simplest term, Instagram IGTV is an app designed for long-form videos in the vertical format. It is created as a separate product even though it’s still available within the main Instagram app. Though you don’t need to download the app to enjoy these new features, it would be better to use a separate app. It is also good to know that the app is also user-friendly.
How is Instagram IGTV Different From Other Video Apps?
Though it is thought that the app will eventually compete with other major video platforms, like YouTube, but not yet. It is meant for vertical videos only and those videos can be up to 10 minutes or one hour for selected users.
Any Difference Between Instagram IGTV Videos And The Regular Instagram Videos?
Not too many difference though. It just a new way of sharing videos but this time a longer one. However, you can still use Stories and regular 15-second videos on Instagram. Don’t mix it up. Stories are meant for content you want to put out very quickly, and you don’t want it to stay for a longer time.
The app also has a feel of a mini YouTube app but now within friends and community on Instagram.
How Can I Start Using Instagram IGTV?
It’s not really difficult. If you have recently updated the Instagram app on your phone, you probably already have the feature. Just tap on the little TV icon on the top right-hand side and you’ll be welcomed by an old school TV snow effect. Remeber, you can still download the standalone IGTV app on your Android or iOS smartphone. However, you will have to sign in to your Instagram account first.
For now, the IGTV app doesn’t come with a camera functionality. That is, you can only give the app access to your existing video library to upload videos.
Create My Own Channel On IGTV?
If you want your own channel on IGTV, you definitely can create one for yourself. Simply tap on your profile photo and select create my channel. Give your channel a name and already, you own a channel. You might want to start now so you could tell your friends you were one of the pioneers of Instagram IGTV.