Twitter's Periscope is now dead, surprising everyone that thought it already was

Periscope on iPhone
Periscope on iPhone (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Twitter's Periscope video streaming service is now dead and buried.
  • The app has been removed from the App Store for good.

Twitter has officially killed off its live video streaming service Periscope, with the app having been removed from the App Store.

We already knew that Periscope was going the way of the dodo as of late last year. Since then many were under the impression it was already dead and buried, yours truly included. But now, the company has announced, it's game over for real.

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Periscope was originally a completely separate app from Twitter but the social network bought it out in 2015. The service was very popular for a while, although the likes of TikTok and Instagram have stolen its thunder – and users – in recent years.

Twitter has now turned its attention to other options including Twitter Live. It's also working on live audio features such as Spaces as it deals with the popularity of apps like Clubhouse.

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Periscope's website remains live and that's where you can go to download archived versions of videos, for example.

Looking to get into streaming your own live video? It's probably a good idea to bag one of the best iPhones for photographers – you'll benefit from those cameras when streaming video, too!

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.