How to Use Periscope

By Jun 23, 201514 Comments

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Ever since the new Twitter app, Periscope, came out a couple of months ago, I’ve been head over heels in love with it! Periscope is a live-streaming social network that allows you to watch and share live video broadcasts. If you aren’t already using it for your business, you are missing out!

If you are wondering how to use Periscope, here’s the scoop!

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How To Use Periscope

After you download the app, you will log in with your Twitter account. There you will see a list of all your Twitter friends that are using Periscope. This makes it easier for you to follow the people that you are already following on Twitter.

Periscope is really easy to use. There are only 4 buttons that you have to remember.

Periscope Buttons

The first one, that looks like an old fashioned television, is basically your “Home” page. Live broadcasts from the people you are following can be found here, and it also features the latest broadcasts that have happened in the past 24 hours.

The second button features live broadcasts from all over the world. My favorite feature on this page is the little “Map” button on the top. This enables you to see different parts of the world that people are broadcasting from and choose which one you would like to watch. The “List” button features the most popular broadcasts that are live at that particular point in time.

The third button is the broadcast button and is really easy to use: Type a short description of what your broadcast will be about, press “Start Broadcast”, and you’re LIVE! As easy as that! If you are a small business owner or blogger, this feature can be a great way to connect with your audience! As a photographer, I broadcast behind-the-scenes from weddings and photo shoots, and my couples love it! To end the broadcast, just swipe down and press “End Broadcast”.

Periscope Screenshot

For viewers: If you tap the screen while watching a live broadcast, you will see little hearts floating around. This is the “Like” button for Periscope.

Lastly, the fourth button enables you to find both old and new friends to follow. By using the search bar you can look up specific people that you want to follow.

I hope this has given you an insight into how Periscope works. If you haven’t tried it yet, you are definitely missing out!

To see LIVE behind-the-scenes from the photo shoots I am part of, and much more, feel free to follow me on Periscope at @alinathomas23. I can’t wait to connect with you! Leave your Periscope name in the comments below!

About Alina Thomas

Alina is a Northern Virginia wedding photographer based out of Leesburg, VA. She has a passion for arts and design, and strives to express it through her work. She is creative at heart and loves nothing more than sharing her knowledge in photography with other Virginia wedding photographers on her blog each week. Alina loves being a new mom to her first-born and spending time with her husband who helps her run her businesses. Please feel free to follow her on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Google+.


  • Thanks for the tips Alina. I am only two weeks in. It’s fun once you get over the fact that there are no “do overs”. You can find me at Domestic Life Stylist or @Dlifestylist. See you soon! 🙂

  • Lowanda J says:

    How do you type a message to the person if they are live? I was watching a broadcast and saw others send messages.

  • Charlotte says:

    I was wondering myself re: the map feature as I also wasn’t seeing it, but see you’ve already answered my question. Thanks so much for this! I have watched a few feeds on Periscope, mostly from conferences that I couldn’t attend, but haven’t really explored the app too much.

    Thanks for this intro! I just signed up @mypixieblog

  • I downloaded Periscope awhile back but I haven’t really used it. I don’t know if it’s really for me. But it IS fun to watch other people’s broadcasts, so there’s that.

    • Tracie says:

      That’s me, too. So far I’ve only used it to watch other broadcasts….but I haven’t broadcasted anything of my own (yet!).

  • Tammi says:

    Just downloaded the app. I’ve been hearing about Periscope a lot. Excited to give it a try. I followed you. I’m @frenchrobindesi

    Thanks for the tutorial.

  • Lowanda J says:

    Thanks for the post, I am downloading it as I type! 🙂

  • Jill says:

    Thans for the post! Excited to start using Periscope.

  • Thanks for this post – great way to get people started (as that’s always the slightly scary thing of jumping into a new social medal channel – how to do it 🙂

    I’ve been doing some quick cooking scopes (healthy kitchen hacks) for the last month or so – it’s kinda fun:) I’m Deanna Segrave-Day @tspbasil on Periscope (just followed you.)

  • Nicki Lewis says:

    These are great tips. I just downloaded Periscope the other day after they talked about it on the radio station I listen to. Been trying to get hang of it lol I just followed you Nicki Lewis

  • Jamie says:

    I have periscope for my Note 4. I have 3 buttons at the top, the TV, the Globe, and the Friends button. My go live button is at the bottom right. When I click on the globe, there is no place to search for specific locations. What am I doing wrong? I’d love to be able to watch in specific locations.

    • Alina Thomas says:

      Hey Jamie, they released Periscope for Android not too long ago so they are still working on making some improvements. The above post offers an overview of Periscope on iPhone. You are not doing anything wrong 🙂