Instagram today says it’s launching a couple of new tools aimed at addressing the needs of Live creators. Now, creators will be able to build up buzz for their upcoming Live by scheduling it up to 90 days in advance, then share the news across Instagram to alert their fans. It’s also preparing to roll out a new feature called “Practice Mode,” which allows creators to join their guests ahead of the scheduled event to test their connection, lighting and manage any other pre-show prep that may be needed
In a recent tweet, Instagram revealed that the new Live Scheduling feature has started rolling out to users, and it will let Live creators schedule their Live streams up to 90 days in advance. After scheduling a Live event, creators will be able to share it via Stories and Feed posts. Followers will see an option to set reminders for upcoming Live streams in such posts, and they’ll receive a notification when the Live stream is about to start.
In addition, Instagram told TechCrunch that it’s working on a new tool to help Live creators join their guests ahead of a scheduled Live event to test their connection, lighting, and manage other pre-show preparations. The tool, aptly named “Practice mode,” has been in development since December last year. It was first spotted by app reverse engineer Alessandro Paluzzi, who shared the following screenshot.