How To Go Live On Instagram On A Computer: Use One Of These Two Apps

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How to go live on Instagram on your laptop or desktop: Go to Loola.tv. Sign in with Google, grant Loola access to your camera and microphone, and go through the tutorial. Connect your Instagram account. Go to Studio, make sure Instagram is selected, and click Go Live to start streaming!

Do you love live streaming on Instagram? Do you wish you could live stream on Instagram via your computer? Live streaming can be a powerful way to engage with followers on Instagram. 

Unfortunately, Instagram only lets you do it on their phone app. If only you could live stream from your desktop, you could use desktop-only tools to deliver top-notch content.

Fortunately, there are workarounds that enable you to do this. In this article, I’ll explain how to go live on Instagram on a computer using two third-party methods.

Instagram Live On A Computer – Yellow Duck Vs Loola – A Comparison

Yellow Duck and Loola are two popular third-party services for live streaming to Instagram from a computer. And while both have their benefits, I think that Loola is better. 

Yellow Duck

Aside from technical issues experienced by some users, Yellow Duck is free and easy to use. Though they only have download buttons for Windows and Mac, they say they’re also compatible with Linux. 

With no multifunctional interface, the biggest advantage of Yellow Duck over Loola is its simplicity.

Unfortunately, however, some Yellow Duck users aren’t able to get past an error message.

Loola

The biggest advantage of Loola is its intuitive interface, which lets you see which platforms you’re streaming to, your viewers’ messages, and your most engaged viewers.

You can live stream for free with Loola’s Base pricing plan. For more features, you can pay money for their Premium or Pro plan. 

DJ Beneficial provides a comparison of using Loola and Yellow Duck with OBS (Open Broadcaster Software):

He explains that Instagram doesn’t share stream keys with users, making Loola a way to “get in through the back door.” He warns, however, that this might violate Instagram’s terms and conditions, so using it is at your own risk. This may also be true of Yellow Duck.

DJ Beneficial also warns that on the same day he tried using Loola, people tried breaking into the platforms he granted Loola access to. Additionally, he explains that using Loola and OBS together consumes a lot of CPU resources.

How To Use Instagram Live On PC

Yellow Duck (With OBS)

Si Hargreaves explains how to get started using Yellow Duck and OBS:

Below, I’ve paraphrased his instructions and included some of mine and DJ Beneficial’s:

1. If you don’t already have OBS, download it.

Download OBS

2. In OBS, go to Settings.

OBS Start Streaming

3. Click Output.

OBS output

4. Make sure the Video Bitrate is 2500 Kbps

OBS video bitrate

5. Set the Audio Bitrate to 192.

OBS audio bitrate

6. Go to Video.

OBS video settings

7. Set the Base Resolution to 1080×1920.

OBS Base Resolution

8. Set the Output Resolution to 1080×1920.

OBS Output Resolution

9. Set the Downscale Filter to bicubic and the Common FPS Values to 30.

Downscale Filter

10. Go to Yellowduck.tv and download Yellow Duck.

Download yellow duck

11. Open the file.

Open the file yellow duck

12. Yellow Duck will install itself.

Install yellow duck

13. Open the Yellow Duck window.

Open the yellowduck window

14. You’ll probably get an error message. Si Hargreaves says this seems to happen every time (He probably means when a new person tries to use Yellow Duck). Click out of it.

Yellowduck error message

15. Repeat steps 10 – 13.

16. Unfortunately, many people can’t get past the error message. If you can, log into Instagram in the Yellow Duck window.

DJ Beneficial cautions that you’ll go live right after logging in. 

Yellow Duck Login to Instagram

17. In Yellow Duck, copy the RTMP URL.

Yellow Duck copy RTMP

18. In your OBS Settings, click Stream.

OBS stream

19. Set Service to Custom.

OBS service custom

20. Paste the RTMP link next to Server.

OBS Server link

21. In the Yellow Duck window, copy the stream key.

Yellow Duck copy Stream key

22. Paste it next to Stream Key in OBS. 

OBS Stream Key

23. Click out of Settings.

OBS Click out of settings

24. Click Yes to save changes.

OBS Save changes

25. When you’re ready to start streaming in OBS, click Start Streaming.

OBS Start Streaming

26. When you’re done streaming, go to Yellow Duck and click Save & Finish, followed by Finish.

Yellow Duck Save

27. Click Stop Streaming in OBS.

OBS stop streaming

Loola

To start live streaming with Loola, follow these steps:

1. Go to Loola.tv.

Loola

2. Click Let’s Get Started.

Loola Get Started

3. Click Sign in with Google.

Loola Sign in with Google

4. Choose an account.

Loola Choose an account

5. Click Allow.

Loola click allow

6. Allow Loola to use your microphone and camera.

Loola click allow microphone

7. Click Get Started.

Loola Get Started after microphone

8. You’ll be given a walkthrough. Click Next for each box and Finish for the last one.

Loola walkthrough next

9. Click the gear on the upper right.

Loola end

10. Click Instagram.

Loola click Instagram

11. Download and install the Chrome extension. 

*Just FYI, I’m not sure this is necessary. I tried doing a live stream after uninstalling the extension, and it seemed to work.

Loola download Chrome extension

12. Click Instagram again.

Loola click Instagram

13. Click Log in With Instagram.

Loola Log in with Instagram

14. Log into your Instagram account. 

You may have technical problems with this part. If so, keep trying until it works. You may have to log out of and back into Loola.

Loola Log into Instagram

15. Click the X.

Loola Successfully connected

16. Click Studio.

Loola click studio

17. Click the gear on the lower right.

Loola lower right gear

18. Choose your camera, microphone, and dimensions.

Loola choose camera and mic

19. Click the gear again to collapse the menu.

Loola gear collapse window

20. If the Instagram icon isn’t colorful, click it.

Loola Instagram icon

21. Click Go Live to start live streaming!

Loola Go Live

22. When you’re done streaming, click End.

Loola end

23. Loola will give you a broadcast summary.

Loola broadcast summary

24. If you want, Loola gives you the option to download your video or view detailed statistics.

Loola download video

25. Close out of it when you’re done viewing it.

Loola close broadcast summary

FAQs

How do you go live on Instagram on a laptop?

Though Instagram only lets you live stream through their phone app, you can live stream from a desktop or laptop PC using third party services. Yellow Duck and Loola are two popular solutions.

And That’s How To Go Live On Instagram On A Computer

Instagram lets you use many of its features on a laptop or desktop computer. Unfortunately, live streaming isn’t one of them. With Yellow Duck or Loola (and something like OBS), you can use tools on your computer to create the best live content possible. This way, you can achieve the highest possible engagement.

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Cole Trahan
Cole is a freelance writer and former laptop repair technician with a knack for explaining how things work. As a remote worker and millennial, software and the internet are ordinary parts of his life. Cole’s pastimes include enjoying the outdoors, meditation, and listening to creepypastas on Youtube. To learn more about Cole’s writing, visit his website colescopywriting.com.

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