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How to Create An IGTV Channel On Instagram With Or Without The App

Instagram has recently unveiled its new IGTV feature, which it says will help users create a more engaging Instagram video experience for their audiences. It also, although they won't admit it, openly challenges YouTube. Here is how to create an IGTV channel of your own that will catch the attention of followers.

What is IGTV?

Officially announced on June 20, IGTV lets you create your own channel for posting long-form video content of up to 60 minutes on the platform. The channel is automatically shared with your followers, and you can discover new channels to follow just by swiping on the screen.

Instagram said that IGTV was designed specifically for watching videos on mobile phones. Uploaded videos on IGTV are displayed in a full-screen vertical format. This is a significant change from how people are used to uploading and watching videos in the past, especially on YouTube.

How to create an IGTV channel with the app

IGTV has dedicated Android and IOS apps that you can download to create and manage your channel with, as well as watch videos from other creators. To create your IGTV channel using the app:

  • Head to your Instagram profile by tapping the Settings gear icon on the right of the home screen. You can see it here to the right of the profile photo.

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  • That gear icon opens the Settings menu. Tap the “Create Channel” option in the Settings menu.

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  • IGTV will walk you through its basic features. Tap Next to reach the end of the walkthrough.

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  • Tap the “Create Channel” button to complete the process.

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To view your channel, tap your profile picture on the IGTV home screen. IGTV uses your Instagram username as the default channel name.

Creating an IGTV channel without the app

Alternately, you can create your IGTV channel from within the main Instagram app:

  1. Tap on the IGTV icon at the top of your Instagram home screen to open the feature.
  2. Tap on the Settings icon and choose the “Create Channel” option.
  3. Follow the instructions to finish creating your channel.

You can then view your channel from Instagram by tapping on the IGTV icon on your home screen to go to the feature.

Adding videos to your IGTV channel

Instagram lets you add videos to your channel either from the IGTV app or from the main app. To upload a video:

  • Open your channel on the IGTV app by tapping on your profile picture. On the Instagram app, tap the IGTV icon to go to the feature.
  • Tap the Upload Video button near the bottom.

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  • Select the video you want to upload and hit Next.
  • Add a title and caption for the video.

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  • Choose a cover image for the video either from a still frame within it or from images in your Photo Gallery. It is recommended that you create some sort of custom image.
  • Tap Post to upload your video.

Once uploaded, the video will immediately become visible on your channel, and will also be shared with your followers.

Instagram's new IGTV channel feature

Instagram’s IGTV feature has barely been out for a week, but it is already drawing attention from people on the platform. With Instagram recently reaching a billion users, there are definitely a lot of viewers waiting for your content.

Now that you know how to create an IGTV channel, check out these strategies for getting more Instagram followers, and attracting more people to watch your channel videos.


Date: June 25, 2018 / Categories: Video, / Author: Rich Drees


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