How to create your own Instagram channel on IGTV

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How to create your own Instagram channel on IGTV. Instagram now allows users to create their own channels and stream videos. This new feature is called IGTV Instagram TV. This new feature is accessible to everyone. If you want, you can create your own Instagram channel.

Make sure the Instagram app is up to date. This feature is available on iOS and Android.

Create Instagram channel

Open the Instagram app and tap on the new TV icon at the top right. This will take you to the IGTV screen where you can see all the channels created by the users you follow and view what they have chosen to broadcast. On this screen, you will notice a gear icon. Touch it.



Tapping the gear icon will open a menu with the option Create channel

You will not be prompted to enter a name for the channel. It goes with your username. Once you touch the button Crea, the channel will be created and you will return to the main screen of IGTV. Here, you will see your profile icon appear where the gear icon was. Tap it to upload something to your Instagram channel.

Tap the plus button to share something on your channel. Upload a video, give it a title and description. If you want, you can make the video visible on your Facebook page.

It seems that this is not yet possible delete an Instagram channel. There are also no management settings for the channel, for example, you can't prevent someone from seeing what you broadcast. It is safe to assume that everything that is broadcast is public.


Users you've blocked on Instagram won't be able to view your channel, however, there is no selective blocking for channels like Instagram Stories.



An Instagram channel allows users to share longer videos, and unlike Instagram Stories, the videos don't disappear after 24 hours. 


Conclusions

The advantage IGTV has in Stories and other posts is that you can use it to share longer videos and this is bound to appeal to many users.

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