How do I start a live video with a friend on Instagram?

There are 2 ways you can start a live broadcast with a friend on Instagram. You can invite a friend to join your live video or you can ask to join the live video of a friend.

To go live and then invite a friend to join your broadcast:

  1. Tap at the top or swipe right anywhere in Feed, then scroll to Live at the bottom.
  2. Tap at the bottom.
  3. Tap on a person's name to invite them to join your live video and tap Add. Keep in mind you can only invite someone who is already viewing your live video.
  4. If your friend accepts the invitation to join, you'll see them appear in a split-screen view. You'll also see if they've chosen to decline.
  5. You can remove the person you invited to join your live video at any time by tapping at the top right corner of their split-screen.

To ask to join a friend's live video that you're watching:

  1. Tap Request when you see the option to request to join the live video.
  2. Tap Send Request.
  3. You'll receive a notice that you're about to join the live video when your request is accepted.
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