Instagram increases Live video limit, introduces Live Archive save feature

Instagram has rolled out 3 new updates to the Live video feature by expanding the time limit, introducing an option to save your live videos later on and, an all-new “Live Now” section for both the IGTV app and Explore tab.

Instagram announced the new updates in a tweet on 27th October. It includes a new option called Live Archive which allows users to keep live videos after they have ended for 30 days and download them to their devices. It shows up under the same tab as Stories Archive and Post Archive.


Instagram introduces three new features

The new features were announced via Twitter, the extension of the Live Video limit is the biggest one. It was previously capped at one hour, but now it has been increased to four hours. This means that users who go live for classes of cooking, teaching, yoga, etc will not have to restart the live stream every hour.

Next is the new feature, ‘Live Archive’ where all live videos of a user will be kept. Before Instagram only archived posts and stories but now live video archives have also been introduced.


The Live videos will be archived for 30 days after the end of a live stream. This new option can be accessed by clicking on the menu icon from the top right corner of the profile screen. After that, tap on the Archive option there and choose ‘Live Archive’. The videos can be downloaded and then can be re-uploaded on IGTV as well.

Apart from this, Instagram has added a ‘Live Now’ section in Explore and on the IGTV app so users can explore more Lives. 

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