Instagram just announced an update to its live stream feature. According to today’s announcement, broadcasters will now be able to save live videos to their phone after streaming. A Save button has been added by Instagram so you can tap and save your video to your camera roll once you are done with streaming.
“Starting today, you’ll have the option to save your live video to your phone at the end of a broadcast. While live videos will continue to disappear from the app when you’re done, this update gives you the flexibility to hold onto your video and re-watch it later, especially if something exciting happens during your broadcast that you want to remember or share,” Instagram said in a blog post on Monday.
Please note that today’s update doesn’t mean that videos would be saved automatically to your phone. This explains why Instagram has decided to add the Save button. So, there is need to quickly watch live videos before they disappear from Instagram.
The option to save live stream on the phone means more people will now want to go live on Instagram. Until now, some publishers or users were a bit hesitant when it comes to using live stream—after all, what use is going live when you know it would disappear after a while? The option to save videos along with the option to share with friends and followers is irresistible to users.
The update, which has already been rolled out to iOS and Android users today, is first of many other changes the company plans to roll out before the end of the year.
Instagram live streaming 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 replay is 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.
Instagram Live features live Instagram Stories. Users can swipe into the Stories camera area and tap the toggle to enter “Live” mode. Unlike photos on Instagram, Live videos don’t store on the app; which means your followers will only be able to view them while you are actually broadcasting. As you may have known from using Facebook Live, Instagram Live videos don’t store on your Instagram—and this perhaps, is the big difference between the two app.
The essence of making live videos disappear after a while, according to Instagram, is to make you feel “comfortable sharing anything, anytime.”
Want to know when your friends start a Live video? Instagram said you will see “Live” under their profile photo in the Stories bar:
“When someone you follow starts a live story, you’ll see “Live” under their profile photo in the stories bar. During the broadcast, you can comment and like as much as you want. You can also check out new live stories on Explore. Tap “Top Live” to see exciting live stories happening at that moment and swipe right and left to easily skip around.”