How to Use Vine

Now that you've done everything that you need to do to sign up for and start using Vine, let's get to it!  In this lesson, we'll cover some of the basic ways to navigate and use Vine.

To use Vine, you must first launch the Vine app on your mobile device.  From there, you can browse or search for Vine videos to watch.  After watching a video, you can also "like" it, comment on it, or share it.  You can even "follow" Vine channels or users to see more videos that you're interested in.

We've included step-by-step sets of instructions below for each of these four fundamental groups of actions on Vine.

How to log into Vine

  1. Find the Vine application on your mobile device and tap it to open it.

    How to launch Vine from your device's app list

  2. Tap the Log In tab, and then tap Log In with Email.

    Logging into Vine with your email address

    (NOTE: If you signed up for Vine with your Twitter account instead, tap Log In with Twitter and enter your Twitter account credentials instead of doing step 3.)

  3. Tap the box labelled "Email" and use your device's keyboard to enter the email address that you used to sign up for Vine.  Then tap the box labelled "Password" and type in the password that you picked to protect your Vine account.  When you're done, tap the checkmark icon in the top-right corner.

    The Vine log in form

How to find Vine videos to watch

  1. Your home page on Vine will contain a few different popular videos that you can watch, but if you're looking for something specific, start by tapping the magnifying glass icon underneath the main

    How to search for or browse Vine videos

  2. From here, you can tap Popular Now to see videos on Vine that already have a lot of views, or tap On the Rise to see videos that are racking up views quickly. 

    Browsing Vine's channels or popular videos and hashtags

    Below that, you can tap one of the "Channels" to see videos from a particular person or about a particular subject, or (if you scroll further down) tap one of the "Trending Tags" to see videos with certain popular hashtags (basically a user-generated organizing system) in their captions or comments.  For each of these, you can tap the Featured/Top tab to see the most popular videos for a channel or tag, or tap the Recent tab to see videos that have been posted in this tab recently.

    You can also tap in the box labelled "Search Vine" to search for Vine users, hashtags, or videos using keywords.  We'll explain how to do that in depth in the next step.

  3. When searching on Vine with keywords, suggested searches will appear as you type; tap one to make it your search.  Below the suggestions, you will see samples of users, hashtags, and videos on Vine that match your search terms.  Tap a user to go to their profile on Vine, or tap a hashtag to see all Top or Recent videos associated with that hashtag.  You can also tap View All beside any of the three content types to see all users, hashtags, or Vine videos (Top and Recent) associated with your search terms.

    Searching for users, hashtags, and videos on Vine

    Oh, and one more thing: tap the left arrow in the top-left corner to return to the browsing menu.

How to watch and interact with videos on Vine

  1. Hopefully, you've found a video on Vine that you want to watch by now.  Now we're going to show you some different functions on a Vine video, and what they mean to you.

    How to watch Vine videos and visit Vine user profiles

    Let's start with the basics: when a Vine video is centered on your device's screen, it will automatically start playing repeatedly.  If you want to stop (or re-start) the current video that you are viewing, simply tap the video.

    At the top of a Vine video, you can see the user who posted the video, when they posted it, and how many times it has been played since it was posted.  If you tap the user's name, you can go to their profile page on Vine, where you can potentially follow their activity.  See our "How to Follow on Vine" section later on.

  2. Below a Vine video, there are other options for what you can do with the video.  For example, tapping People Also Watched will take you to a list of more popular videos on Vine that people who watched the current video also watched.

    Functions for liking, commenting on, or sharing a Vine video

    The other icons here do more specific things.  If you tap the heart icon, you can "like" the video (or undo this), which can make it easier for you to find again.  If you tap the speech bubble icon, you can read and submit comments about the video.  If you click the export icon, you can share the video on your own Vine account, or on your other social media accounts.  We'll explain more about each of these functions in the proceeding steps.

  3. If you "like" a Vine video, you can easily find it again by going to your profile on Vine.  Tap the head icon below the main toolbar to visit your Vine profile, and then tap Likes to see a list of videos that you have "liked" on Vine.

    How to find Vine videos that you've liked

  4. In the comments section, you can read what other people have said about a video.  If you'd like to add your own comment, tap in the box labelled "Say Something Nice" and use your device's keyboard to type in what you want to say.  Then tap the paper airplane icon to submit your comment.

    How to comment on a Vine video

  5. When sharing a Vine video, you can share it on your own profile on Vine (called a "Revine"), or on your accounts on Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr.  You can also share it with another Vine user, or a friend who's not on Vine (via email).

    How to share a Vine video with friends or social networks

    If you'd like to share the video with a specific person, tap the box labelled "Share with a Friend?" and tap the person's name in the drop-down menu that appears.  Otherwise, tap the check boxes here to select whether to share this video on your own Vine profile, and/or on your Twitter, Facebook, and/or Tumblr accounts (you will have to log into the other accounts that you select).  When you're done, tap Revine.  (NOTE: depending on which accounts you chose to share the video on, this button may say Revine and Share, or just Share.)

How to follow on Vine

  1. "Following" on Vine allows you to more closely track Vine videos from a certain user or topic.  To follow a user on Vine, start by visiting their profile (see step 1 in the "How to Watch and Interact with Videos on Vine" section, or step 3 in the "How to Find Vine Videos to Watch" section).  Tap the Follow button to have their videos show up more often on your main Vine page.

    How to follow a Vine user

    You can also tap the star icon in the top-right corner of a Vine user's profile to mark them as a "favourite".  This will allow you to be notified whenever they post a new Vine video!

  2. You can also follow "channels", groups of Vine videos on particular topics.  To do so, start browsing videos in that channel (see step 2 in the How to Find Vine Videos to Watch" section).  Then, tap the "+" icon in the top-right corner to follow this channel (or click the checkmark icon to stop following it).  More videos from this channel will show up on your main Vine page.

    How to follow a Vine channel

  3. To get back to your main Vine page to see videos from users and channels that you follow, tap the house icon below the main toolbar.  You can also tap the bell icon beside it to see notifications of new videos that your "favourite" Vine users have posted!

    How to view your Vine home page and notifications


Alright!  Those are the basics of getting around on Vine!  For our next tutorial, we'll show you how to post your own videos on Vine!