Instagram today announced a new update for its iOS and Android apps. The update comes shortly after the social network added support for geostickers to its Stories feature. Today’s update, however, is for live video and adds support for downloading live video after the broadcast has finished…
Instagram revealed the update in a post on its official blog, explaining that once the live broadcast is over, the broadcaster now has the option to download the footage and save it to their smartphone. Once the live broadcast is over, the broadcaster will see a new “Record” button in the top right corner of the app. Tap it to save the images to your camera roll, preserving them forever.
One important thing to note here is that after downloading the video, it always completely disappears from the Instagram app itself. Neither the streamer nor viewers will be able to watch it in the Instagram app after the stream ends. Instagram also says that only raw video footage will be recorded, not likes or comments received by the feed.
Here’s how Instagram explains the new feature on its official blog:
Starting today, you’ll have the option to save your live video to your phone after a broadcast ends. Although live videos continue to disappear from the app when you’re done, this update gives you the option to save your video and watch it later, especially if something exciting happens during your broadcast and you want to remember or share.
When your live stream is over, tap Record in the top right corner. You will only be able to save your video – not comments, likes, viewership or live interactions. After recording, tap Done and your live video will be saved to your camera roll but will no longer be available in the app.
Instagram first added support for live video in December. The ability to download live broadcasts comes with the latest version of the Instagram app sfor iOS and androidwhich are available on each respective platform today.
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