Instagram is constantly making itself better for its users to keep them on the platform and discourage Snapchat user growth. The newest update is the addition of the live stream option in the direct messaging tab.
How this works is that when you are streaming live on Instagram, there will be a ‘Direct’ icon a.k.a. the airplane of direct messaging as well. So, by tapping that icon, you can stream to your friend(s) or follower(s) privately via direct messaging.
The live stream will, however, only pop up in your audience’s inbox if the stream is still live. If the stream is already finished when they view your message, they will still be able to see that you sent them a live stream but they won’t be able to replay it.
The good thing about this tool is that it’s not limited to just the creator’s live streams. You can also share other people’s live streams (if it’s still live) via direct messaging to your friends as well. This way, you will be able to co-watch the video and share the experience as if you were sitting side by side.
Privacy is still the number one priority though. If the creator doesn’t want people to share their live stream via direct messaging, they can disable that option for their video and the ‘direct’ icon will not even make an appearance on the video.
The option works for both singular as well as group chats and also if two or more users go live together. The feature is available for both iOS and Android devices in the latest version of the Instagram app.
There is another change that has been available for iOS devices for around a month but is rolling out to Android devices just now. That change is that you don’t have to tap the comment icon for leaving a message on a post. The app will automatically detect if you are looking at a post for a longer than normal and the comment field will pop up. Then you can just start typing out the message you want to comment.