New Delhi : Popular photo and video sharing platform Instagram announced its latest update, which will enable users to send live videos to their friends via Direct, Instagram's messaging platform.
With a single tap of the Direct icon, a user can send a live video, or a video they're watching, to a friend or a group of friends and encourage them to join in, the company indicated in a blog post.
When a user is live, he/she can tap the Direct icon at the bottom of the screen and send the live video to friends. Users also have this option when going live with a friend. Once sent, the recipient will see the live video in their Direct inbox.
However, friends can only view the video while the sender is live. If the feed has ended, the recipient will see a message saying the video has ended.
While the feature has been rolled out for greater engagement, users can disable the option to send live videos in Direct by accessing the same in the stories settings. Also, private account users can have only their followers viewing the video.
On the other hand, as a viewer, one can send a live video to a friend in Direct the same way. While watching a live video, tap the Direct icon at the bottom of the screen and choose who to send it to.
"Today's change makes it easy to invite people to watch your live videos and send exciting live videos you're viewing to your friends in real time," the blog noted.
Instagram has rolled out this update as part of its version 26 for iOS in the Apple App Store and for Android in Google Play.