The other time [last month to be precise] we told you how Instagram updated its livestream feature to enable you invite people to join your livestream. Things have moved pretty fast lately as the ephemeral picture-sharing app now allows you to request to join your friend’s livestream.
The rollout [the one that lets you add guests to your livestream] came on the heels of a test Instagram carried out a couple of months ago. The test at the time, was only available to a limited number of people, and was a prelude to a bigger rollout which was announced towards the end of October.
“Starting today, when a friend is live, you can let them know you’d like to join in the fun and hang out live together,” Instagram said.
Here is how it works: Simply tap the “Request” button in the comment section where you will see a confirmation that your request has been accepted—and of course, you will have a couple of seconds to prepare. Once you are live, the screen will split in half, which of course, means you can hang out live with your friend. You can also exit your friend’s livestream at any time.
To know if there are pending requests from friends who would like to join your livestream, simply go to the comments section where you will see a notification for each request. Tap the View” button and then choose to add your friend or cancel the request.
The number of new requests awaiting your confirmation will be highlighted by a new icon with two smiley faces with a red number. Simply tap the icon, and you will see both requests as well as current viewers. Perhaps, I should let you know that you can either accept or invite any viewer to join you.
Just like it is in the previous update, you can also remove a guest and add someone else at any time. You can share your video when you are done or discard it and have it disappear from the app.
To access the latest feature, you will need to upgrade the version of your Instagram app to version 24. The updates are available for both iOS and Android versions of the Instagram app.
Instagram Live lets you broadcast videos to your followers and friends in real-time. However, they can only watch your broadcast while you are still streaming. Though, no replays will be allowed, you will still be able to browse an algorithmically curated Explore page of a selection of the best Instagram videos happening at the moment.
When a friend or follower starts a live video, you will see “Live” under their profile photo in the Stories bar. The more the merrier as they always say, this is one feature that will encourage engagement by allowing people to engage in conversation. The screen splits into two when you invite a friend to join you in live broadcast. Your friend will join you on the other half, while you are on the other end of the screen.