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Instagram users can livestream up to 4 hours, new features for Live videos

Instagram has extended the Live video time limit for users. Earlier, the live broadcast on Instagram was allowed to a maximum limit of 1 hour which has now been increased to 4 hours.

Pavni Jain | October 28, 2020 | Updated 17:54 IST

Highlights

  • Instagram announces three new updates for its Live video feature.
  • Instagram increases the Live video time limit to 4 hours.
  • Instagram also introduces Live Archive feature to save live sessions up to 30 days.

Livestreams have become immensely popular for many artists during COVID-19 pandemic. Platforms like Instagram allow users to livestream to connect with the audience, foster awareness, or just for entertainment. Knowing the importance of the live broadcast feature, Instagram has now increased the time limit for the live video.

In a recent announcement on Twitter, the company has released three new updates for its Live feature. These are: one, "You can now go Live for up to 4 hours" two, "You can save your Lives for 30 days before they delete" and three, "You'll start seeing a "Live Now" section in the IGTV app and on Explore so you can discover more Lives."

All the three new updates seem helpful for the active Instagram users, especially for the ones who go Live on the app very often. The 4-hour long live video will come in handy to broadcast any event. Earlier, the live broadcast was allowed to a maximum limit of one hour.

Similarly, the social network will allow users to archive the Live sessions for 30 days before they are deleted. So now, along with Stories Archive and Post Archive, users can also put into service the Live Archive option.

The last update that has been released in context to Instagram's Live feature is the live video search section. This is in accordance to increase the discovery of live videos available on the app. Users will get a new section of "Live Now" within the IGTV app to explore more of livestreaming content.

Tellingly, Instagram and Facebook Messenger have also brought cross chat messaging features with its new update. Other than combining chats from two social networks, the new update brings in features from Facebook Messenger to Instagram. Read the full story here.

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