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Twitter now lets you watch Periscope streams directly in its iOS app

Twitter is integrating Periscope, which it owns, more closely into its existing apps.


Selena Larson


Posted on Jan 12, 2016   Updated on May 27, 2021, 9:20 am CDT

Twitter is finally embedding Periscope livestreams in tweets. The company announced on Tuesday that Periscope broadcasts will be viewable directly in tweets, beginning in the iOS app.

Previously, when someone shared a Periscope link, clicking it would push you into the Periscope app. Now you’ll be able to view Persicopes, both in real time and as replays, like you can view videos or GIFs in tweets. The video will go fullscreen when you tap it, and you’ll be able to see hearts and comments on the stream just like you can in the Periscope app.

Periscopes autoplay within your Twitter feed like other media. To turn off autoplay, go into Twitter settings on your mobile device and tap “Never play videos automatically.” 

The new feature is currently only available on the iOS app, and it is rolling out “over the next few days.” Twitter said it would be available for the web and Android “as soon as they’re ready.” 

Photo by Max Fleishman

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*First Published: Jan 12, 2016, 1:23 pm CST