Instagram started testing a new feature that lets users stream live with a second person this past summer, and now this feature has come to fruition. As of October 24th, all Instagram users have the ability go live with a friend during live Instagram broadcasts.
This new feature essentially the same as the feature added to Facebook Live in May that also allows you to add a friend into your live streams. It makes sense since Facebook does own Instagram, after all.
To add a friend to your broadcast, while broadcasting you tap a newly added icon that’s on the bottom right on the screen and then select “Add.” You then will be able to go live with one friend who is currently watching your broadcast. After the person joins, the stream will show a split screen between you and the person you added.
The feature supports two people in the broadcast simultaneously and the owner of the broadcast can add or remove watching guests whenever they want.
Instagram believes that this feature will make connecting with friends and followers much easier and more authentic, giving host the opportunity to include viewers in their broadcasts. “Since introducing live video last November, millions of people have used it to connect with friends and followers in an authentic way. Now, you can have even more fun connecting with people in the moment,” said Instagram. “Starting today, we’re introducing a fun way to go live with a friend. Now, you can hang out and go live together, whether you’re just doing homework or catching up on your day.
The new feature is available now in the App Store and the Google Play Store as a part of the latest version of Instagram.