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Instagram Adds Ability To Save Live-streams On Phones

Live-stream videos on Instagram used to disappear once the stream ends, but now, the photo-sharing app has added a new feature to allow you to save the live video on Android and iOS devices. The Facebook subsidiary first disclosed the live-streaming feature in November and has been improving on it since then.

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Save Instagram Live streams on phone

In brief, what the social network is trying to do is allow users to save any live story streamed on its platform. The live videos are not saved in the app, but rather, on the phone. You can save the live video by pressing the “save” button, which can be found on the top-right corner of the screen after you finish broadcasting the Live Story. Then tap “Done.”

“While live videos will continue to disappear from the app when you’re done, this update gives you the flexibility to hold onto your video and re-watch it later, especially if something exciting happens during your broadcast that you want to remember or share,” the company said in a press release.

According to Instagram, the save function is available on both iOS and Android versions of the app now, so users do not have to wait to use it. After saving live-streams, users will find them in their camera roll for quick and easy access.

Both Facebook Live and Twitter Periscope already allow users to save a video after streaming so as to ensure that the content isn’t lost forever.

Instagram rolls out two-factor authentication

Instagram is also starting to roll out the two-factor authentication feature it added almost a year ago to more users. Android Police claims that the photo-sharing app has now deployed two-factor authentication for more Android users. Many more users can now see a 2FA option under the Accounts section in their Settings.

Enabling the feature is quite simple. A user just has to verify their number by putting in the 6-digit security code number which is sent through SMS. The app will ask the user to verify their account through SMS every time they sign in on a new device.

This is a good security measure, but it is still not clear whether the roll-out is for everyone or just for those who enrolled in the beta. WhatsApp, another Facebook property, also introduced two-factor authentication recently, but users must have the latest version of the app to turn the feature on.