Instagram, a photo-sharing platform owned by Facebook, has released a new update for its app. This new update will now allow users to easily notify their friends who are online when they start a Live video via a direct message. The update comes just after Instagram started allowing users to follow hashtags in the previous update.
To get this feature, users need to update their Instagram app for Android through Google Play Store. After they’ve successfully updated the app, they shall find a new option upon starting a live video.
At the bottom, there will a new direct message icon to take users to their list of followers. So they can select the people they want to notify about their live video by sending a direct message.
According to Instagram, users will to view the video if you’re currently live, and when it’s over, they will see a message indicating that the video session has ended.
The update also brings the same functionality for the viewers. They can also share a live video by tapping the direct message icon. As usual, to maintain your privacy you can also disable the option to send live videos directly to your stories. Additionally, if you have a private account, only your followers will be able to view the live videos.
This new feature has started rolling out on Android, so to take advantage of this, just update the app through the Play Store.