Save Instagram Live Video On Your Phone Starting Today

Yolanda Curtis
March 20, 2017

If it was good enough to share with the world, it's probably good enough to save, right? With the proliferation of live video and stories into all Facebook properties, including WhatsApp, Messenger, and even the core Facebook app, the ephemeral functionality is meant to not only rip off more of Snapchat, but to appeal to users in different settings.

One of the unique things about Instagram Live is that the video has always been disappearing.

Now, where it saves it to depends on how your phone's memory is set up, but when you check your phone downloads or photo storage it will probably organize them into a folder labeled Instagram (similarly, if you download from Snapchat, the videos or snaps would be save to a folder on your device named Snapchat). That, at least, seems to be what Instagram thinks of your live video, as it now gives you the option of saving your broadcast to your phone when you're done streaming.

Instagram claims that this is the "first of many improvements" it plans on making to live videos this year.

With this update, users will be able to repost videos that were once live to their profile, so those who didn't get to see it live have a chance to look at them after the broadcast has ended. Right now you don't have the option of broadcasting and showing old broadcasts on your Instagram page.

The blog added: 'We are excited by how our community is using live video to connect with their friends and followers in the moment.

The Save feature has been made available today as part of Instagram version 10.12, and can be downloaded for both iOS and Android.

Instagram's feature is very similar to Periscope and Facebook Live, in that you are able to comment and tap the Heart button to send a sea of floating hearts into view.

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