How To Send Instagram Live Videos As Direct Messages

Last Updated: December 23, 2017

Instagram has been giving a lot of impetus on live videos in the past six months or so. Earlier this year, they made it possible to share live videos to stories section so that users that miss them in real-time can view it later. This was definitely a good move to make more people go live. Following this up, they also added the possibility to go live with a friend and even allowed users to request to be in someone’s live video. Now, in a recent update, they have introduced DM option for live videos. This means that you can send Instagram live videos as direct messages to your friends or followers privately.

Your live video might be missed by the friends because they may have disabled live video notifications or Instagram failed to alert them about your live video. To prevent that from happening the latest feature allows you to share your live videos in DM’s privately with desired friends. Here’s how.

Send Instagram Live Videos As Direct Messages

The feature is available for both Android and iOS version 26.0 or later. So, update the app from respective stores and follow the steps below.

1. Open Instagram and initiate a Live Video as usual.(Camera icon > Live tab > Start Live Video)

2. When you have gone live you will see a plane icon(DM) at the bottom row. Tap on it.

Send Instagram live videos in Direct Messages

3. If you have a Private account then you can share the video only with your followers. In case of a public profile, it is possible to send it in DM of any account you may or may not follow including private accounts using the search bar. So, select the desired users and tap on Send at the bottom.

In the same way, you can also send someone’s live video in direct messages while watching it.

4. The recipient will get the live video in their DM as shown below. They can tap on the message to join the live video and start viewing it.

Share Instagram Live Videos as Direct Messages

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The latest feature is a great way to inform users about your live video and on top of that giving viewers, the option to share your live video in DM is an added bonus. What are your thoughts? Drop a comment and let us know.


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