It has hardly been a month since Instagram rolled out the collaborative live video feature. Using it, users can add a friend to their live stream as a guest which makes it a lot more interactive and interesting. Previously, adding someone to your live video was totally dependent on you. But now, they have introduced another live video feature where your friends can request you to add them to your live video. So, the viewers of the live video can now take the initiative if they wish to join the live video as a guest. Keep reading to know how you can request to be in friend’s Instagram live video.
The feature is launched for both Android and iOS app. So, update the app from the respective app stores and follow the steps below.
Request To Be In Friend’s Instagram Live Video
1. Join an Instagram live video of a friend while it’s happening. You can easily do that either by tapping on their round avatar at the top of your news feed with a Live label or tap on the live video Instagram push notification if you receive it.
2. While you are viewing your friend’s live video you will get a Request option just above the comment box. The message reads “Send a request to be in [friend username] live video.” Tap on Request followed by Send Request.
3. With this, your friend who is already live will receive your request. The friend needs to tap on View.
4. On the next screen, your friend needs to select your username and tap Add.
5. In a few seconds, you should see the approval message on your screen. You can dismiss it yourself by tapping on x icon at the bottom or it will disappear automatically after a few seconds.
One half of the screen will be taken up by you and another half will be shared your friend. Here are a few things you should know.
1. You can quit the live video any time when desired by tapping on the x at the top left corner in your half of the screen and select Leave.
2. Your friend can remove you anytime by tapping on x icon he/she see on your half of the screen and selecting Remove [your username].
3. Currently, Instagram only supports adding one person at one point in time to the live video as a guest. You can switch between different friends during a live video.
Add A Friend To Your Instagram Live Video
- Open Instagram after it’s updated.
- Go to the Camera screen by tapping on the Camera icon at the top left or swipe right on the news feed.
- Now, tap on Live from the options available at the bottom and select Start Live Video.
- When the live video starts you have a new option now beside the comment box. It’s a two-face icon. Tap on it.
- Next, all the viewers that are watching your live video will appear in a pop-up. Tap on the desired person’s name to add them to your live video and select Add.
- With this, the viewer whom you selected will get an option to join the live video with you. They need to tap on Go Live with [your username].
- Once the connection is successful the live video screen will split into two. One half will be taken by you and another by your guest.
Also Read: How to Pin a Comment on Instagram Live Video
Go Live With A Friend on Instagram: Things To Know
1. You can only add 1 person at a particular time. It is possible to remove the guest at any point of time during the live video by tapping on the x icon on their part of the screen and selecting Remove [guest username]. After removing them you can add a different friend in the same live video using the similar steps above if desired.
2. Of course, you can only add those guests to your live video who are watching it while it’s happening.
3. Similar to the individual live video you will get an option to share the collaborative live videos to stories once ended.
So, this is how two people can go live in the same video on Instagram from now on. This should definitely get more users to go live on Instagram and socialize more often.
Also, you can ask your friend to add you to their live video on Instagram. We hope that you are going to find this feature useful. From now on, things are going to be more instant and unpredictable as long as Instagram Live is concerned. What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments below.