How To Hide Comments When Watching Instagram Live Video

Last Updated: July 11, 2018

Instagram Live has gained a lot of popularity since the feature to share the live video as Story for re-watching was launched. In an earlier tutorial, we told you how to disable comments on Instagram live video but it was helpful if you are going live(owner) and not if you are the one viewing the live video. So, in this tutorial, we share how to hide comments when watching Instagram live in real-time and when it is shared as Stories. so, let us get to it.

Hide Comments When Watching Instagram Live When it’s Happening

Update: This method has stopped working. We will update the article once it starts functioning again or when we find a workaround. But you can jump to the second method below to see the live video without comments when shared to a story.

Well, this is quite straightforward. If you don’t want the hearts and comments coming up on the screen then you can peacefully view it without any of it by tapping on the screen once.

This will get rid of any comments or hearts and you will only see the live video. You can get them back later during the video by tapping again if desired.

But what if you didn’t get a chance to see the live video while it was happening and now you’re viewing it in the Stories section. You might have already figured that tapping on the screen this time won’t remove the comments but it will forward or rewind the video by 15 seconds.

So, if you want to achieve this then follow the method below.

Hide Comments When Viewing Instagram Live in Stories

It is not possible while viewing live video from the Android or iOS app but you can do this on your PC/Mac.

Well, this is not the first time and is definitely not going to be the last when a Chrome extension saves the day.

So, if you don’t already have Chrome browser then install it on your computer.

  • Once you have it, install the Chrome IG Story extension using the following link.
  • Visit the Instagram website and log in to your account. Reload the webpage if you were already logged in.
  • Click on the Chrome IG Story icon at the top right. Doing this will fetch and show you all the live videos from the users you follow in the new window in the top section – Live Video Replays.

Disable Comments When Watching Instagram Live


  • Click on the download icon next to the desired user and click on Open Video URL.

hide comments when watching Instagram live

With this, the live video will play without any comments in the new tab to keep you from getting distracted.

However, there won’t be any audio. If you wish to listen to the audio as well then you should go back also click on Open Audio URL.

Alternatively, you can also download the complete live video(Audio & Video). Follow the details here to save someone’s live video using Chrome IG Story extension. After doing that, merge the audio and video files into one to view live video without comments.

Now, this will not only allow you to view Instagram live videos without comments but also the owner won’t get notified that you viewed it if you have enabled anonymous viewing (crossed eye icon). So, yes you can use this method to watch Instagram live without them knowing.

And the extension is not only limited to live videos but is also works for stories. It allows you to download someone’s Instagram stories and also lets you view them without notifying.

So, if you’re an Instagrammer then this is one extension you must have. It serves multiple purposes.

Currently, you cannot hide comments from Instagram live when added to Stories from the app. But this method enables you to do it from a computer and this is definitely the best shot you got right now.

If you found this tutorial helpful then don’t forget to share it on social media.


  1. Yeah, this was a nice feature. I enjoyed viewing live streams without all the comments cluttering my screen. But now, apparently, instagram has seen fit to disable your ability to hide comments. No longer can you tap the screen and have comments disappear. If this is a new update, I’m struggling to understand why it was necessary. Maybe the live owner still has the option but the live viewer does not.

    • Hi Bootniee,

      Yeah, recently Instagram has disabled hiding of comments while watching the live video at the time it is happening. However, if it is shared as a story then you may view it without comments using the method mentioned.


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