Instagram, the world’s largest photo-sharing service launched Instagram live in November 2016, which allows users to broadcast live on Instagram for up to an hour. Instagram live is quite similar to Facebook live and Periscope, but the biggest difference that Instagram live videos are completely ephemeral (they disappear as soon as the broadcasting ends). Instagram makes it easy for users to see if other Instagramers are live.

When someone starts a live video, you will see “Live” under their profile photo. The app will also notify you when someone you are following goes live, in the event you are not using the Instagram app. Businesses, brands, and content creators have also taken advantage of Instagram live. For example, Mercedes-Benz has been using Instagram and Instagram live to reach out to millennials, Nissan launched one of its models on this platform, and IGN is always live, discussing everything entertainment.

Because Instagram lives is completely ephemeral, you can simply record Instagram live if you need to save the live feed. Therefore, we will show you how to record Instagram live on PC/ Mac, iOS and Android.

Part 1: How to record Instagram live on PC/Mac

Instagram is not only available to use on mobile devices. In fact, you can log in to Instagram right on your desktop browser, and if you use Windows, a desktop client is available for Windows 10. With that in mind, there are multiple ways to record Instagram live on your Windows or macOS computer.

The easiest method would be to use ScreenApp.IO, an online screen recorder that does not require any software installation. ScreenApp.IO’s features include Quick Record, which does not require any logins, sign-ups, or download extensions, Custom Record which lets you record your entire screen, an application window, or a browser tab, Simple Editing, and Quick Download. To use ScreenApp.IO, you need to use Chrome or Firefox browsers. Therefore, follow the steps below to begin:


Step 1: Login to your Instagram account on your web browser, or through the desktop client. Look for the live video you wish to record (you should see the “Live” label on the person’s profile picture).

Step 2: Visit the ScreenApp.IO website then tap on “Get Started” right on the home page.

Step 3: Share your screen. When the “Share Your Screen” window pops up, select record your entire screen, or record an application window, or a browser tab depending on where you are viewing the Instagram live feed.

Step 4: Start recording. Once you have selected your option from the previous step, click “Start Recording” and the recording will start immediately.

Step 5: Stop recording. When you have finished recording the Instagram live feed, click “Stop Recording” to stop. When you click it, the download button will appear, and you can click it to start the download.

Besides using ScreenApp.IO, you can also make use of OBS Studio if you need more control over the recordings. OBS Studio is an application, primarily used for screen capture, video recording, live streaming, and visual mixing. It has luxurious features, that can also be extended with first-party and third-party plug-ins. It is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux, and best of all, it is free for use.


Part 2: How to record Instagram live on iPhone

Most Instagram users use it on mobile, and the process of recording Instagram live on iOS has gotten easier, thanks to the introduction of Screen Recording on iOS. Screen Recording was originally launched with iOS 11, and if you use iOS 11 and above you should be good to go. If you have just activated your iPhone, or upgraded to a newer operating system that supports screen recording, you will have to activate the feature first. To do that;

  • Open your Settings app on your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad.
  • Find the Control Center, then find “Screen Recording” under MORE CONTROLS.
  • When you find “Screen Recording”, click the plus sign to add it to your Control Center.
  • If you have enabled Screen Recording, follow the steps below on how to record Instagram live on iOS.

    Step 1: Open the Instagram app on your iOS device. Look for the live video you wish to record (you should see the “Live” label on the person’s profile picture).

    Step 2: When you start viewing the live feed, open your Control Center. To do that, drag the top right corner of your screen from top to down.

    Sep 3: Tap the Screen Recording icon from control center (refer to the image above), and the recording should commence after the timer.

    Part 3: How to record Instagram live on Android

    Although there are multiple apps available for screen recording on Android, (like AZ screen recorder (paid), MNML Screen Recorder, RecMe Free Screen Recorder and even Twitch), the integrated screen recording tool for Android systems formally made its way to Android, with the release of Android 11. The integrated screen recorder for Android 11 and above is by far the easiest method for recording your screen. If you need to try this model, make sure you are running Android 11 and above. To start recording Instagram live on Android, follow the steps below:


    Step 1: Open Instagram live, and find the live feed you wish to record, (it should be indicated by “Live” on the person’s profile picture).

    Step 2: Open the notification drawer by swiping down on the status bar. Swipe down one more time to reveal all of the app tiles.

    Step 3: Find the Screen Recorder app. If you cannot find it, add it to the list. Tap the ‘Edit’ icon, then find and drag the Screen Recorder app to your quick settings menu.

    Step 4: Tap Screen record. Choose what you want to record, in this case, the whole screen then tap Start. After the countdown, the recording should begin.

    Related Tips: Edit/Convert the downloaded video with ease

    Online Screen Recorder makes it easy to record Instagram live without the need for installing any additional software, although you could try OBS Studio for advanced features. You can also do it on your iOS or Android device with the built-in screen recording tools. Editing or converting your Instagram live is necessary if you want to cut unnecessary parts if you want to crop the video, if you want to put watermarks, or if you want to convert to other video formats among other needs. For that, you can always rely on Leawo Video Converter Ultimate, because it has its own simple to use yet advanced video editor. Here is a list of some of its features:

    • Leawo Video Converter Ultimate
    • Leawo Video Converter Ultimate

      Convert Any Videos and Audios
      Output for Any Apple and Android Devices
      Download Videos and Audios from 1000+ Sites
      Professional Photo Slideshow Maker and Burner
      Greatly Enhance Blu-ray/DVD/Video Output Effects

    Learn more about Leawo Video Converter Ultimate directly from the product page. For editing or converting your Instagram live records, follow the steps below:

    Step 1: Launch the Video Converter Ultimate


    Step 2: Import the recorded Instagram live video(s)

    Click the “Add Video” button to open a dialogue box where you can search the videos, or simply drag them right into the application.


    Step 3: Select the output format

    Next to the green “Convert” button, there is a button labeled as “MP4 Video”. Click it, then click “Change” from the drop-down menu. Next, you click “Format”, then under “Common Video” find and select “MP4 Video” or a video format of your choice.


    Step 4: Edit the video

    You can edit the videos with the easy to use built in video editor, and the options include trimming, watermarking, applying effects, and converting video from 2D to 3D. To enter the editing menu, click the video editing icon.


    Step 5: Start conversion

    Click the green “Convert” button. Please set a directory under the “Save to” box which is near the top of the sidebar which pops up. Click the “Convert” button at the bottom of the sidebar to start converting your video(s).