Use Periscope on an An­droid phone

Tech Advisor - - HOW TO -

Twit­ter has now re­leased its new live-broad­cast app on An­droid. Mar­tyn Casserly shows how to use it

Fol­low­ing its re­lease on iOS back in March, Periscope – the live video broad­cast app – is now avail­able for An­droid users. Owned by Twit­ter, this new form of so­cial media looks set to take on the likes of Meerkat and bring live stream­ing into the main­stream. Here, we ex­plain what Periscope is, how to use it, and why you’d want to.

What is Periscope?

Periscope is Twit­ter’s new live broad­cast­ing app, which al­lows users to ei­ther watch or cre­ate videos on their phones, which can be watched in real-time by oth­ers. While YouTube pro­vides a way for video cre­ators to build up a cat­a­logue of well-made episodic con­tent, Periscope is very dif­fer­ent, in that ev­ery­thing is in­stan­ta­neous and you can in­ter­act with your au­di­ence while the broad­cast is go­ing on. Streams are only stored on the servers for 24 hours be­fore be­ing deleted, although you can save them to your de­vice’s cam­era roll if you want to keep them longer and share with friends and fam­ily.

In­stalling the app

In­stal­la­tion is very easy, as the app can be found in the Google Play store. Open the Store app, search for Periscope, then tap on In­stall. You’ll be pre­sented with a lengthy list of app per­mis­sions, but this is of­ten due to the so­cial na­ture of the app and the fact it needs As Periscope is a Twit­ter app, you’ll need to have a Twit­ter ac­count to use it. Tap the Log in with Twit­ter but­ton to get started, then en­ter your ex­ist­ing ac­count de­tails or cre­ate a free ac­count. One of the ad­van­tages that the An­droid app has over its iOS al­ter­na­tive is that you can ac­tu­ally use more than one ac­count if you have them. To set up mul­ti­ples, tap on the one dis­played at the top of the

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