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Instagram adds 'Request' button so you can join a friend's live video

22 November 2017

Following a test this past summer and a wider rollout in late October that allowed Instagram friends to live stream together, the service today is adding the option for you to request to join a pal's live stream, just in case you believe your presence is required.

When a friend or follower starts a live video, you will see "Live" under their profile photo in the Stories bar.

When watching a friend's live video, simply tap the "Request" button in the comments section. Once you're live, the screen will split in half so you can hang out live with your friend. Now they are adding another feature to the live stream which allows you to request your friend to let you join his live stream. You will see a notification for each request in the comments section. You'll see a confirmation that your friend has accepted your request, and you'll have a moment to prepare.

The new feature is part of Instagram v24, which you can update to via the Play Store or download manually from APKMirror. Then, a new icon with a couple of smileys indicating the number of join requests in a badge will be seen if there is more than a single request. The initiator of the live stream session could remove or add their guest whenever they want. You can share your video when you are done or discard it and have it disappear from the app. "You can leave your friend's live video at any time, making it easy to join for a quick hello or a longer chat". This feature allowed users to add in people watching their live broadcast. Tap on that and wait for your friend to confirm to join in.

Instagram adds 'Request' button so you can join a friend's live video