Instagram introduces group livestream feature

Instagram is launching a feature to enable users to go live with up to three other people. With ‘Live Rooms’, livestreams can feature four different people broadcasting together.

Previously, Instagram only allowed users to stream with one other person, but this update opens the door for livestreaming podcasts with multiple guests and having jam sessions, which were previously only possible on other platforms.

“Being able to have open, face-to-face conversations on Instagram Live has helped us capture attention and connect directly with our millions of Roommates,” said Angelica Nwandu, Founder of The Shade Room. “Were excited to use Live Rooms to expand our reporting capabilities, engage with our followers, and to continue growing our platform.”

The Live Rooms feature also gives viewers the ability to buy badges for the hosts – building on Instagram’s updates to Live last year – and use other interactive features including Shopping and Live Fundraisers.

In order to start a Live Room, users have to swipe left and pick the Live camera option. Here, they can add a title and tap the ‘Rooms’ icon to add guests. The person who starts the stream will remain at the top of the screen when they add guests, and guests don’t have to all be added at the same time.