How to Hide Comments on Instagram Live

If you’re planning an Instagram Live and want to avoid a stream of comments from putting you off and sending…

If you’re planning an Instagram Live and want to avoid a stream of comments from putting you off and sending you off on an unplanned tangent, then this is the article for you.

Depending on the type of live stream that you want to do, comments can be an asset or a hinderance. 

For simple Q&A live streams and life updates, comments can help to inform different avenues of discussion and can create a really engaging flow of content for the creator and for those following along. 

However, if you want to share a specific update and avoid a flood of comments that can distract from the main aim of your post, you may want to turn comments off. Which is where this article comes in.

5 Steps to Hide Comments from Instagram Live

If you want to hide comments for an upcoming Instagram Live, then you can do so in advance through your profile settings.

  1. Head to your profile and click on the menu button in the top right hand corner of the screen
  2. Select ‘Settings and Privacy’
  3. Scroll down to the section on ‘How Others Interact With You’ and click ‘Comments’
  4. Here you can switch off comments completely, or block comments from specific users if you want to 
  5. Remember to turn comments back on after your live stream, if you want users to be able to comment on subsequent posts that you share

How to Hide Comments During an Instagram Live

If you are already running an Instagram Live and are finding the comments to be too distracting, then you can switch them off quickly and easily.

Next to the comments box at the side of your screen, select the three dots and click ‘Turn off Commenting’.

And voila! A distraction-free live, all ready for you to share your latest life, business, or creator updates!