wave and wave back on instagram

Are you trying to wave to a viewer or wave back to the streamer on Instagram live? If so, this article will show you exactly how.

When a viewer joins your Instagram live, you may want to wave to them to show you can see they have joined and to welcome them.

Alternatively, you may want to wave back to the streamer/Instagrammer who waved to you first. Either way, we will explain how.

Lets get right in to this!

How To Wave At Someone On Instagram Live

Firstly, we will show you how to wave at someone on Instagram live when they join your livestream.

So, in this case you live on Instagram. Check out the next set of steps if you want to wave back or wave to a streamer.

1. Go live on Instagram

First of all, you need to go live on Instagram.

Go to your Instagram homepage where you can view your feed.

Then, swipe across so you are on the Instagram camera.

At the bottom of your screen, you need to tap on “Live” from the carrousel of options.

live option on instagram

You can set a title for your screen if you would like.

When you’re ready to start your live, tap on the shutter button at the bottom in the middle.

live button on instagram live

Now, you need to wait for viewers to join your live broadcast before you can wave to them.

2. Wave to the viewer

Once a viewer joins your Instagram live, you will receive a notification in the chat saying a user “joined”.

However, on the right hand side, you will notice an option for “Wave” with the waving emoji.

wave button on instagram live

You need to tap on “Wave” and this will send a wave to the viewer. You can wave to every viewer who joins your live.

Once you have waved to the viewer, there will be a message below the join notification saying “You waved at” and then it will say the username of the viewer.

you waved at message on instagram live

How To Wave Back On Instagram Live

Secondly, here are the steps in order to wave back at someone on a Instagram live broadcast.

You may find yourself in the situation where you join a live and the host or streamer waves at you and you want to wave back. We will show you how.

Alternatively, you may just want to wave at the host or user who is live when you join the live as well.

1. Join an Instagram live

First of all, you need to join a Instagram live broadcast.

You can see the users who you follow who are currently live by looking in the story bar, which is at the top of the home page.

Once you join a live, you can wait for the host or streamer to wave first, or you can wave.

2. Wave back or wave to the streamer

In order to wave, you need to tap on the “Comment” box.

comment box on instagram live

This will bring up your keyboard and allow you to type a comment.

However, in order to wave, you need to tap on the emoji keyboard in the bottom left.

emoji button on keyboard on instagram live

Once you are on the emoji keyboard, you can either scroll until you see the waving emoji, or you can search for “wave” in the search box.

wave emoji on instagram live

Then, tap on the waving emoji and it will be added to your comment.

Next, you can tap on “Post” on the right hand side and your comment will be sent and posted!

That is how you can wave or wave back on a live!

What Does It Mean When Someone Waves At You On IG Live?

When someone waves at you on an Instagram live, it means they are saying Hello and welcoming you to their live stream.

The best way for you to wave back is to send a waving emoji back, or you can send another comment as well.

Also, only you can see that you have been waved at. It will be hidden from the rest of the chat and other viewers won’t be able to see it.

So, you won’t be able to see if other viewers have been waved it as well.

Overall, someone waving at you is a positive thing.

What Is The Wave Feature On Instagram Live?

The wave feature on Instagram live is used to welcome a viewer in to a stream.

The streamer may not be able to verbally welcome you, so the wave feature is useful to greet viewers if they are live with another Instagram user.

Final Words

Now you know how to wave and wave back in Instagram lives!

It’s useful knowing how to wave back because otherwise you may feel rude or disrespectful if you don’t respond to the user after they waved at you.

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