Instagram Now Lets You Share Live Video Replays

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Heads up, Instafam: the Facebook-owned social network just introduced a new feature for iOS and Android that will help you get more mileage out of the live content you broadcast on the platform.

Because, if you go live on Instagram and nobody is there to watch it, did it ever really happen? Fortunately, we don't have to ponder the answer to that question any longer because you'll now have the option to share a replay of your live video to Instagram Stories.

"Now, more of your friends and followers can catch up on what they missed," Instagram wrote in a blog post.

When Instagram Live first debuted, there was no option to save; broadcasts disappeared once your session ended, a la Meerkat (RIP). A few months later, Instagram added the ability for people to save live streams, but only for personal use.


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Now when a broadcast ends, you'll see an option at the bottom of the screen labeled "Share." Tap that to add a replay of your live video to Instagram Stories for 24 hours. If you said or did something embarrassing in the video, no worries: just press "Discard" and your video will disappear from the app, just like normal.

When someone you follow shares a replay, you'll see a little play icon under their profile photo in the stories bar at the top of the app. Just tap that to watch the video; as you're watching you'll see comments and likes from the original broadcast. You can tap the right or left side of the screen to go forward or back 15 seconds, or tap "Send Message" to send the person a comment.

If someone has shared multiple replays, you'll see arrows at the top, which you can click to easily jump between videos. When you watch your own replay, you'll see a number in the top-right corner showing how many people saw it live and in stories.

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