How to Record on Instagram without Holding the Button [2024 Updated]

If you are thinking about how to record on Instagram without holding the button, you are in the right place. We would like to show you Steps to solve this problem with a detailed tutorial and screenshots and give you more tips about recording on Instagram in this post.

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Updated on Apr 19, 2024

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Instagram is currently the world's most successful social media platform. At its core, Instagram helps users explore the unknown by sharing the latest news or viewing stories of others from around the world.


Instagram now has over one billion users, each of whom is able to share their daily lives with friends by posting or uploading Instagram stories. 

However, when many users need to record videos with Instagram, they encounter a problem - they need to keep holding the record button during the recording process to avoid interrupting it.

This post is going to guide you on how to record on Instagram without holding the button and give you more tips about recording on Instagram.

How to Record Instagram Story on iPhone and Android

Instagram Story is a feature offered by Instagram that allows users to share their lives in the form of photos or a video. These Instagram Stories can be accessed through the top of the user's home page. The avatar of a user who has posted a Story within 24 hours will be marked by a colored circle. Click on the user's avatar to view their stories.

instagram story

However, to allow users to be as creative as they want, these photos or videos will automatically disappear after 24 hours of posting. While posters will still be able to find them in the phone's gallery, others will not be able to find access to these stories.

So how to record Instagram Story? These simple steps can help you.

Step 1. Open Instagram and you will see your avatar in the top left corner of the home page, with a “+” button below it. Click on it to enter the Story mode. Of course, you can also enter Story mode by swiping the screen from left to right with your hand.

enter the story mode

Step 2. With the story mode camera, tap the record button at the bottom of the screen to start recording your Instagram story. You can also add more free video filters to your story by accessing the toolbar on the left.

record instagram story

Step 3. When you're done recording, click the Record button again to end the process. Click the Next button to publish your new story.

It is important to note that Instagram only lets you record videos of up to 60s duration.

What Situations We Need to Record Hands-free on Instagram

After familiarizing yourself with the operation of recording Instagram, you will gradually find that continuously holding down the record button will greatly affect the effectiveness of your video when you encounter the following situations

  • When you need to record your whole body
  • When you need to use both hands to do some movements
  • When you need to record for a long time
  • When you need to use some camera equipment that can hold the lens.

Don't worry. When you have to free your hands to record on Instagram without holding hands, please follow the steps below.

Steps to Record Hands-free on Instagram 

Step 1. Open Instagram and enter the story mode camera.

enter instagram story mode

Step 2. Find the toolbar on the left and click on the arrow button at the bottom.

click on the arrow button

Step 3. The Hands-free feature will appear here, click on it.

hit the hands-free button

Step 4. You can then click the Record button to make a hands-free recording on Instagram. If you want to end the process, click on the button again.

record hands-free

Like Instagram, Snapchat also can be recorded without holding the button, you can check the post below to get detailed information:

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Pro Tip: Record on Instagram Stories on Windows and Mac

As mentioned above, all Instagram stories posted by users are presently only saved for 24 hours. After 24 hours of Stories being posted, you won't be able to view them again. So, if you want to keep these Stories, screen-recording Instagram Stories would be a good choice. Besides using the built-in recording function of your phone, if you want to record Instagram on Windows or Mac, EaseUS RecExperts is the best helper.

EaseUS RecExperts is a screen recorder for both novices and professionals. With its help, you can easily record Instagram Stories or record Instagram Live. It is available for both Mac and Windows and can take care of all screen recording tasks.

During use, you can add a webcam, system sound, or microphone voice, trim videos, or add more effects when you're done recording. It also supports you in exporting videos to multiple formats using it.

Other highlights.

Now the tutorial on how to screen record on Instagram is below.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS RecExperts on your computer. Before recording, you can choose from two recording modes. To record the whole screen, choose the "Full Screen" mode; to record a part of the screen, select "Region".

Choose a Recording Mode

Step 2. You can also choose to record the screen with your webcam, system sound, microphone. Just click to select them. You can also set auto split, auto recording with various functions on the interface.

Record with Webcam and Audio

Step 3. Then, click on the red "REC" button to start recording. To pause the recording, click on the white double vertical bar; to end the recording, click on the red square sign. They are located on the menu bar appearing on your screen.

Pause or Stop Recording

Step 4. After recording, you will be led to the recording list. Here you can view, split, extract audio, take screenshots, delete, and manage your recordings, etc. To start a new recording with previous settings, click on the "REC" button on the top of the window.

Recording List Window


From this post, we have told you how to record Instagram Story and how to record on Instagram without holding the button. But if you want to record on Instagram on Windows or PC, the best screen capture software - EaseUS RecExperts will be a good choice.

Read these posts and get more recording tips:


1. How to record Instagram stories without them knowing?

Whether you want to screenshot someone's post or screen record Instagram stories, Instagram currently doesn't send notifications to anyone. In other words, your actions will not be known by other people, so you don't have to worry about that.

2. Can I see how many times someone viewed my story on Instagram?

No, you can not see how many times someone viewed your story on Instagram. You can use the features provided by Instagram to see how many people have seen your story, and even to see exactly which users. But the data provided by Instagram does not allow you to determine if a person has viewed your story multiple times, even less the exact number of times. You will only see that he has viewed your story, and that is all.

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