How To Hide Comments on Instagram Live

Instagram Live videos are a new way to communicate with followers. From Q&A’s to chatting with friends, Live feeds are a great way to comment and interact in real-time. Some users may want to disable comments on Instagram Live.

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For whatever reason; disabling comments is a simple yet effective option for those who are stream and those who are watching. Knowing how to do this is important before setting up your video. If you’re watching a tutorial and the comments are getting in the way of the intended content; you can choose to hide the comments.

Following the guide below; you will soon learn everything you need to know about controlling the influx of comments on your next Live video.

Hiding Comments if You’re Streaming

As stated above, if you are the creator of the Live video, or you’re watching it; you do have the option to hide the comments. Let’s explore how to do this for both.

Hiding the Comments on Your Live Video

You’ve got the perfect content, you’ve tested the lighting, and you’re ready to show the world what you’re up to.

Once you’ve started your live video follow these instructions to turn off comments:

  1. Navigate to the small “Comments” box located in the lower left-hand corner of your screen.
  2. Tap the three vertical dots located inside the box.
  3. Tap on “Turn off Commenting”

It’s that simple. You can do this at any time during the live broadcast.

Hiding Comments if You’re Watching

If you’re in attendance to someone else’s live broadcast you can turn off the comments but the process is a little more involved. Unfortunately, Instagram doesn’t allow you to hide the comments while you’re watching another persons’ video from the app.

If you’re dedicated enough to get rid of the comments you can download a chrome browser extension giving you more flexibility and control. Adding an extension is actually really easy once you find the right one.

You can Google an extension that hides comments on Instagram Live, or you can go to the Chrome Web Store.

Installing Chrome Extensions

We’ve already researched a great extension if you’d like to get moving along. Not just for hiding comments, the Chrome IG Story extension comes with other neat features too. The only downside: you’ll have to use this on your desktop.

Follow these instructions to get the extension:

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Find the Chrome IG Story extension.
  3. Click Add to Chrome
  4. Click Add Extension.      

The extension may take a moment to install. When it’s finished, you’ll see a pop-up announcing that it’s ready for use. You’ll be able to access the extension at any time by looking to the upper right-hand corner of your browser window and clicking on the icon.

Now you can download videos you want to watch and view them without any comments or flurries of emojis. Simply go to Instagram’s website like you would to use Instagram from the desktop, then follow these instructions:

  1. Click on the extension icon.                                                     
  2. Choose from the list of your friends’ Stories (the live videos should show up here after they’ve ended) or browse for the live video of your choice.
  3. Click the download icon to the right.                                              
  4. Open the zip file that downloads.
  5. Double-click on the file therein to view the video.

Now you can view the video comment-free whenever you’d like. This probably sounds like common sense to most of you reading this, but note that you can’t download a live video until after it’s completed, so if your buddy is in the thick of it, then you’re going to have to either wait until the live video has ended or you’re just going to have to put up with the comments if you want to experience the video live.

Can you Block Certain Words on Instagram?

There’s a way to filter out specific words on Instagram, and you can hide inappropriate comments from showing up either in a live video or on any of your posts. This is on by default, so you don’t have to turn that on or off yourself. However, if you want to turn on inappropriate comments, you can do so.

The following is taken from the Instagram website on how to filter comments:

Filtering out comments on the Instagram app for Android and iOS devices

  1. Go to your profile and tap .
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Privacy > Comments.
  4. Tap next to Hide Offensive Comments to turn it on.

You can also turn on a keyword filter to hide comments that contain specific words, phrases, numbers, or emoji that you’d like to avoid.

  1. Go to your profile and tap .
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Privacy > Comments.
  4. Tap next to Manual Filter to turn it on.
  5. Enter specific words, phrases, numbers or emoji in the text box to filter out comments.

Filtering out comments on your computer or mobile browser

  1. Go to on your computer or mobile device.
  2. Click and then click .
  3. Click Privacy and Security > Edit Comment Settings.
  4. Enter specific words, phrases, numbers, or emoji in the text box to filter out comments and then click Submit. You can also click to check the box next to Use Default Keywords to hide comments that contain commonly reported keywords from your posts.

How to Report Comments on Instagram

If you’re bound to using Instagram Live on your mobile device and therefore unable to turn off comments while watching a video, you can report any harmful or derogatory comments.

Here’s what you’ll do to submit a report on a comment:

  1. Tap the chat icon on the video – like you’re going to type something.
  2. Perform a left swipe over the troubling comment if you’re using an iPhone, or long-hold the comment if you’re using an Android.
  3. Tap on the information bubble that pops up (a grey icon for iPhone and a blue icon for Android)
  4. The options to report for “Spam or Scam” and “Abusive Content” will appear – tap whichever one applies to this comment
  5. Follow the prompts by explaining why you feel this comment is not okay.


2 thoughts on “How To Hide Comments on Instagram Live”

Avatar KC says:
Instagram Live is unusable on a phone. Period.
Avatar Max says:
Use the Instagram default filtering system for removing abusive comments or create your own customized list of screene word. It up you. One thing you can do block a user who been incessantly the life out of you.

1.Open Instagram.

2.Tap the user icon at the bottom.

3.Tap Settings. It will be right next to the Edit Profile option.

4. Move downwards and tap comments under the Settings tab.

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