Instagram has just announced a new update for its android app and iOS app. These updates are related to live video and add support for downloading live videos after the broadcast ends. The firm explained that once a live stream is over, the broadcaster will be able to download the footage and save it to their device now. Once the live stream ends, the broadcaster get to see a new “Save” button on the top right side of the app and by tapping it the footage to your camera roll can be saved.
It is notable that once the video is downloaded, it still disappears entirely from the Instagram app itself. The broadcaster or the viewers will not be able to watch it in the Instagram app when the stream ends. The company stated that just the raw video footage will be saved, not the likes or comments it got.
The official blog of Instagram reads:
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.
After your live broadcast ends, tap Save in the upper right corner. You’ll only be able to save your video — not the comments, likes, number of viewers or any live interactions. After saving, tap Done and your live video will be saved to your camera roll but will no longer be available in the app.
It was back in December 2016 that Instagram first added support for live streaming video. The update to download live broadcasts now comes with the new version of the Instagram app for iOS and Android.