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If you absolutely need to, Instagram will let you go live for up to four hours

Who the hell watches a four-hour-long livestream?

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Going “Live” on Instagram is all the rage right now, and the company knows it. To keep its users happy and engaged on the platform, Instagram will now let users record live footage for up to four hours vs. the typical 60-minute window.

And no, that’s not a typo. Instagram is seriously letting its users record four (yup, the number 4) hours of live footage.

On top of that, the company will allow users to view their own live streams in their private archives. It’s pretty much the same way you can rewatch your stories and posts 30-days after they recorded. You can even download the videos and submit them to other social platforms too.

With these recent updates to livestreaming, it’s clearly obvious Instagram isn’t messing around. They want to be the premier stop anytime someone decides to go “live.” And with the pandemic still lingering around, this might actually be useful to teachers and students.

For me, I personally couldn’t imagine watching someone’s four-hour-long live stream. I barely watch any of these videos because there are obviously more important things happening in the world. But this is just my “old man yells at cloud” moment. But I’m sure other people will gladly welcome this new feature.

Instagram says these new Live features are rolling out to all Instagram users globally now. If you don’t see it just yet, just know it’s on the way.

What do you think? Plan on using this new feature on the social platform? Let us know down below in the comments or carry the discussion over to our Twitter or Facebook.

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Kevin is KnowTechie's founder and executive editor. With over 15 years of blogging experience in the tech industry, Kevin has transformed what was once a passion project into a full-blown tech news publication. Shoot him an email at or find him on Mastodon or Post.

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