Popular image-centric app Instagram just received an update, adding a host of new, useful features. After teasing the feat earlier this month, Instagram announced the new live video feature is official in the app’s Stories section. Other novelties include dispreading photos and video in direct messages and group chats.
Instagram Stories debuted in August allowing users to share each moment of the day via slideshows that vanish after 24 hours. Now users will be able to broadcast live in Stories, as well.
In a move that reminds us of Snapchat, Instagram says that Instagram Stories live video will disappear shortly. And if one of your followers screenshots your Instagram Story live video, Instagram will let you know via a Notification. You’ll also be allowed to see how many people viewed your video.
Getting started is easy, just swipe right from your feed to open the camera. You’ll notice a new “Start Live Video” button. Let your friends known you are live by pinning a comment everyone can see. On the other hand, you have the option of turning off comments altogether.
Once you are live a “Live” indicator will appear under your profile photo. Instagram also makes available a “Top Live” category so you know which stories are trending, in case you feel like checking out popular videos.
Instagram now supports disappearing photos and videos for individual direct messages, but also groups. Instagram boasts that over 300 million users take advantage of direct messages on a daily basis. However, you should remember that for the photos/video to disappear you will need to create them with the “Stories” tab.
The direct messages inbox icon got an overhaul and you can notice it’s now in the shape of a paper airplane. It’s located in the top right corner of your feed.
Instagram is rolling the new features out today, so you should expect to see them soon. You’ll need to update to the latest version of the app.