Instagram Debuts Disappearing Live Videos and Photos

Back in August, Instagram introduced Stories as a way to share all the moments of your day and today, the company is announcing two big new features that will begin rolling out on iOS over the next few weeks. First is the live video on Instagram Stories, and the second one is the ability to share disappearing photos and videos for groups and friends in Instagram Direct.


With live video, you can connect with your friends and followers on Instagram Stories and when you’re done, the live story disappears from the app giving you more freedom to sharing anything, anytime. To go live, simply swipe right from feed to open the camera, tap the “Start Live Video” button and start sharing for up to an hour. Your friends can also get notifications when you go live so they can tune in. 

The other new feature is the ability to send disappearing photos and videos directly to groups and individual friends. Swipe right into the camera to take a photo or video, then tap the arrow to send it privately. Unlike other messages in Direct, these photos and videos disappear from your friends’ inboxes after they have seen them. You will also know if they replayed it or took a screenshot.


You can only send disappearing photos and videos to people who follow you. The feature will start rolling out globally today. To learn more, click here.