IGTV Android Tips and Tricks

IGTV and YouTube: comparison and differences

IGTV is Facebook’s attempt to put up a fight against YouTube, creating a content creation platform on which users can upload their videos in a simple manner, much easier than on Google’s video portal. Although the purpose behind both platforms is to upload videos online, if we compare them, there are quite a few differences in aspects such as the following:

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How to use IGTV and how it works

Once you’ve accessed IGTV, you have to learn how to use it and how it works. But there’s no need to be worried because its functioning is very basic, and you’ll only need to know a few concepts:

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What video formats are compatible with IGTV

The format of the videos that we can upload to IGTV has to be MP4. This is one of the requirements to share videos on Instagram’s new video platform. But it’s obviously not the only one, so take notice of these other conditions that you’ll have to meet if you want to be able to upload your creations to this platform:

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Differences between the IGTV app and the function built into Instagram

The only difference between both apps is the way we access this service: from Instagram we can access IGTV from the TV-shaped button on the upper right hand side of the main interface, which provides us with exactly the same functions and aspects as if we were to download this Instagram TV app and open it on our home screen.

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What aspect ratios are supported by IGTV

With regard to the aspect ratio of videos on IGTV, Instagram has stated that the latter has to range between 4:5 and 9:16. That means that the videos uploaded have to be vertical which can be a handicap for users that want to upload videos in horizontal format because if they do so, the latter will be shown vertically, forcing the viewers to rotate their device.

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What is the maximum size of a video on IGTV

With regard to the maximum video size allowed for videos uploaded to IGTV, the latter varies depending on two aspects:

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How to upload videos to IGTV

There are two ways of uploading videos to IGTV (also known as Instagram TV). The first one is from the official Instagram or IGTV applications:

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What is the maximum length of a video on IGTV

The length of the videos shared on IGTV, as well as their size, depends on two different aspects:

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What is IGTV and what's it for?

IGTV is the platform created by Facebook and integrated into Instagram that allows us to share longer videos (up to 1 hour long) compared to those that we could share up to now on the social network. The idea is to be able to compete with YouTube as an online resource where users can share the contents they generate themselves and create a loyal userbase of subscribers that follow their channel and videos, becoming something similar to youtubers but now on Instagram.

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How to create your own IGTV channel

There are two ways of creating an IGTV channel: from the official Instagram applications, whether the main app or the standalone IGTV or from Instagram’s website.

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How to make money with your videos on IGTV

The way to monetize videos on IGTV is still unknown, but we expect income to be generated in two different manners: due to the adverts of sponsor and due to the money paid by Instagram for embedded adverts.

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How to report a video uploaded to IGTV

To report a video on IGTV for Android devices, you have to follow these steps:

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