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How to download your Twitter Periscope broadcasts


Remember Twitter Periscope? We won’t blame you if you don’t. This was the company’s live video streaming platform that allowed Twitter users to broadcast to their fans. Well, the service is gone, and Twitter is getting rid of its Periscope archived videos, so you’ll want to download them before they go away.

But, how do you download your archived broadcasts? The process of doing this isn’t exactly straightforward, and it could take a while depending on how many broadcasts you’ve done and how long they are. So, here’s a handy guide to tell you how to download your past broadcasts.

In case you didn’t know

So, it shouldn’t be news to you that Twitter brought the ax down on Periscope a while back. The platform was popular when it first came out. Twitter gives you the ability to directly communicate with people who you admire, so the opportunity to watch a live stream from your idols is too good to pass up.

However, its popularity waned over the years. It got to the point where Twitter had to pull the plug on the platform two years ago almost to the day. While the service has been worm food for two years now, the company still maintained an archive of past broadcasts.

How to download your Twitter Periscope broadcasts

One important thing to note is that you’ll want to do this before March 31st, 2023. That’s the date that Twitter will dump all of its broadcasts. Also, if you were an avid Periscope user, then you’ll want to do this sooner rather than later. The video data isn’t openly accessible.

First, you’ll want to go to the Periscope Help Center. There, it will tell you about the service being discontinued and where you can live stream on Twitter now. Scroll down to the section titled “Can I download an archive of my Periscope broadcasts and data?”. You’ll see a link to the Periscope account page. There’ll be several popups letting you know that the service is no longer active.

After you dodge the popups, you’ll see the option to log in. Log in to your account, and you’ll see a pretty barebones page. Here, you’ll see a list of your broadcasts. The names will look like a jumble of random numbers and letters, but they’ll be your past streams.

Twitter Periscope Download page

Requesting your videos

On the screen, you’ll see three steps. Under the first step, you’ll see a Send Data Request button. When you click on it, you’ll send the request to Twitter to retrieve your data. This is where things will start to take a while. Depending on how much data the company has to retrieve, the process could take several hours.

You can keep up with the process as it goes on. If you look back at the list of your broadcasts, you’ll see the words “Pending”. So, if you check back, you’ll have a good idea of the progress.

The process will take quite some time (even downloading two shorter broadcasts takes a bit of time). Fortunately, you don’t need to keep the page pulled to continue the process. You’re able to close the page and walk away. When you want to check on the status, you can simply reopen the page.

Downloading the video

Step 2 will be the company retrieving the videos. Step 3 is where you actually download them. After your videos are ready, you’ll be taken to your account dashboard. There, you’ll see the link for you to download your videos.

Just know that, if you have a lot of long broadcasts on your account, the download will be rather large. Be sure that your device has a good amount of storage to spare.

If at any point you want to delete any broadcasts, you can do so before they’re retrieved. If you look back at the list of your broadcasts, you’ll see a Delete button right next to the name.

The only thing is that there’s no way of knowing which broadcast you’re deleting. The names aren’t descriptive and there’s no thumbnail giving you a visual. You run the risk of deleting a broadcast that’s near and dear to you. The best bet is to wait the extra time, download the broadcasts, and sift through them on your device.

How to go live on Twitter now?

The loss of Periscope didn’t mean the loss of live streaming on Twitter. You’re still able to go live on the platform, and it doesn’t require you to go to a separate app. Only, the option is a little bit hidden away.

First, you’ll want to press the Compose Tweet button. If you’re on an iPhone, then you’ll see the text field fill the top half of the screen with a carousel of your media right below it. At the front end of the carousel, you’ll see the camera icon.

Twitter live how to

If you’re on Android, you’ll want to press the Photos button on the bottom right menu that pops up. There, you’ll see a grid of your media. The camera option will be the first square in the grid.

After you tap on the camera icon, you’ll be taken to the Twitter in-app camera. On the bottom, you’ll see the three options. You should see the Live option to the right of the Capture option. Just swipe to activate the live-streaming mode.

Setting up your live stream

When you swipe to the mode, you’ll see the screen change a bit. On the top, you’ll see a text field where you can add a title to your live stream. You can either add a simple title or a full description of the live stream. There’s plenty of room for whatever text you want to add.

Under that, you’ll see where you can add your location. Don’t worry, it’s optional. After that, you can press the Go Live button on the bottom and start your live stream!

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