Instagram today announced the addition of live video support for Direct Messages. Instagram users can tap the Direct icon, create a live video, and then send it to a friend or a group of friends. There's also an option to for Instagram users to share a live video they're currently watching with friends.

Live videos sent via Direct Message can only be viewed while the live video is ongoing -i it's not watchable after streaming has concluded.

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When you're live, just tap the Direct icon at the bottom of the screen and send your live video to friends. You'll also have this option when going live with a friend. Once sent, the recipient will see your live video in their Direct inbox. Friends can only view your video if you're currently live. If your live video is over, your friend will see a message saying the video has ended.

Those who do not want to send live videos to friends in Direct can disable the option in the stories settings.

Instagram says the new live video feature is designed to make it easier for people to watch and send live videos to friends, and it comes as Instagram tests a standalone direct messaging app with a small number of users in Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, and Uruguay.

Instagram can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Top Rated Comments

lincolntran Avatar
53 months ago
Live video is now being market as the best way to communicate with friends and family while kids lose the ability to make real human connection and to communicate with real humans in the real world and not through a screen....what a sad society we have become.
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JayJohnPaul Avatar
53 months ago
Wait till they make it a separate app...
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blake2 Avatar
53 months ago
Cool feature but how is this relevant to this website?
Probably because it can be downloaded from the App Store for free...
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machumors90 Avatar
53 months ago
They hit the nail on the head with the promotional photo of the teenager.
I can't see adults (mainly myself) ever using this "feature".
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ke-iron Avatar
53 months ago
Cool feature but how is this relevant to this website?
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Norwegian_Imposter Avatar
53 months ago
Jesus. Mac rumors forum is grumpy today.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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