Why can’t I copy Periscope URLs anymore?

You may have noticed recently that some Periscope broadcasts no longer offer a “Copy URL” option (or Permalink, as commonly referred to). Permalinks give users the ability to share content easily with one another, and most media downloaders rely on them to extract image and video files. A few weeks ago Periscope announced a new feature that allows broadcasters to go live with guests. Unfortunately, when a broadcaster enables this feature, the “Copy URL” and “Share to…” buttons are no longer available (most likely to protect the privacy of guest speakers). Instead you see the following:


This is clearly a problem for Periscope video downloaders, including our app Snagscope, which users have made painfully clear to us. However, what some users may not be aware of is that Snagscope already provides features that make it possible to download these types of broadcasts. Therefore, in this article we will show you how you can use Snagscope to download broadcasts with live guests and no “Copy URL” option. Note that this technique also applies to private Periscope broadcasts, which behave similarly.

Quick-Snag from Following

In Snagscope settings, you have an option to link to your Periscope Account. Enabling it will prompt you to log in with your Twitter/Periscope credentials.


After you log in you will see a new tab appear labelled “Following”. This tab displays a list of broadcasts from users you are following, similar to how the Periscope home tab works. From here, you can simply press & hold on a broadcast to begin a capture. There is no need to copy and paste any URLs.


This does however require that you follow the user that you are interested in recording in order for them to show up on the “Following” tab.

Video Demonstration

Here’s a video demonstrating how to link a Periscope account and capture a broadcast with live guests directly from the “Following” tab, without ever copying a URL:

What if I don’t have a Twitter login?

In order to link a Periscope account, you do need to authenticate using a Twitter login ID. Snagscope does not support logging in with a phone number, Facebook, or Google ID. If you created your Periscope account using one of these other means, then it is still possible to log in with a Twitter ID, but you will need to connect a Twitter account to your Periscope account first.

In Periscope settings, under “Connected Accounts”, click “Connect Twitter”, and provide a Twitter account that you would like to login with. Then use that Twitter account when you Link your Periscope account in Snagscope.


Quick-Snag from Trending

If for whatever reason you would rather not Link your Periscope Account, then Snagscope offers yet another feature. In app settings, there is an option to Enable Trending Broadcasts.


When enabled, you will see a “Trending” tab that displays a list of broadcasts that are gaining popularity on Periscope. You can sort the broadcasts by name, duration, or number of viewers. If the broadcast you are interested in appears in this list, you can simply press & hold on it, just like with the “Following” tab, to start recording. This way you can quickly and easily download broadcasts (including live guest broadcasts) without having to copy and paste any URLs. Trending mode however does not include any private broadcasts. You must log in to see private broadcasts from users you are following.

Revert to an older version of Periscope

Lastly, for those who cannot use Snagscope, it’s also possible to revert to an older version of Periscope where the “Copy URL” option still appears for broadcasts with guests, but you need to revert to a very early release of Periscope in order for it to work (v1.5.1.1). In this version of Periscope you need to swipe up to see the “Share Broadcast” panel.


You’ll have to endure old bugs and miss out on the new features of Periscope, but if that’s not a problem for you, then you can find older versions of the Periscope app here:


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