You can now view Instagram Live videos on your desktop

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on 13 Apr 2020
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Instagram will let you view live videos from the web app.

You won't be able to start a Live session from the web though.

Instagram is also working on allowing DMs on the web app.

You can now view Instagram Live videos on your desktop

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With a spike in the number of active users using social networking apps, Facebook, which owns some of the most popular messaging apps, have been on an upgrading spree. The company previously announced new features for its web app. Now, Instagram announced you can watch live videos straight from the browsers.

Instagram, the photo-sharing social media platform has a desktop app that isn’t all that useful. You can only browse your feed, see your own posts and browse through your messages. A new update in the future will add the ability to send and receive messages on the web and also view Insta live videos on your laptop.

Watching an Instagram Live on the web may not mean much to you since you would usually check the app on your smartphone only, but it can be quite useful for creators who are in the live stream. Unlike Facebook live videos which are geared more towards larger screens, Insta Lives are meant for smaller smartphone screens. So you get a small frame to fit your head in. Portrait mode only. And the comments appear one after the other and if you have a lot of viewers commenting, they go by much faster without giving you the time to read. Streamers often have to scroll down quite a bit to find a specific comment. Moderating a Live session via a desktop can help iron out these kinks.

While Instagram is relaxing its rules of sticking to mobile only with the ability to send DMs and watch live videos on the web app, it still won’t allow users to post photos using the desktop app.

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