How to Go Live on YouTube

Author: Iqbal | Guide: YouTube |

To ensure the success of your channel, you should go live on your YouTube channel to interact with your subscribers and viewers.

In this way, you can talk to your subscribers and viewers both by video and text as well. It is a great feature of the YouTube app. Similarly, you can also go live on Facebook on your iPhone to interact with your Facebook friends. We will not talk about how you can go live on YouTube in just 3 small steps with pictures.

Go Live On YouTube in 3 Steps

Step-1 Start YouTube App: This is the first step and in this step, you have to open the Youtube app in your device.

If you do not have it installed on your device then:

  • Open the 'Playstore' or 'App Store app.
  • Search 'Youtube' in the search panel at the top of the respective app
  • Then, click on 'Youtube'.
  • Now, you can finally click on the 'Download' button and it will get downloaded to your phone.
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Step-2 Tap on 'CREATE' Button: After downloading and opening the Youtube app, you will find the 'CREATE' button at the top right side of the page just beside your own Youtube profile.

Then, you have to tap on this 'CREATE' button to move forward.

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Step-3 Click On 'Go live': After tapping on the CREATE button, you will see two options as follows:

  • Upload videos
  • Go live

Just click on the 'Go live' button and your live video will start.

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When Will I Be Eligible To Go Live on YouTube?

There is a fixed eligibility criterion that you need to meet in order to go live on your YouTube channel.

We have discussed these eligibility criteria in the following points which you can read below:

  • You must have a verified youtube account if you want to go live on YouTube via your account. It takes around 24 hours for your account to get verified.
  • There are no restrictions on the desktop version. But, of you want to go live with your mobile phone then, at that time you must be having at least 1000 subscribers.

Why Am I Not Able To Go Live On My YouTube?

You might not be able to go live on your channel due to the following reasons:

  • The live streaming or broadcasting of your channel might be turned off by default. You can check for it by going to the settings.
  • The live streaming for your account might be archived or globally blocked.
  • Your channel might be facing a copyright infringement issue.
  • Or, it is possible that your account might be facing some technical issues. Check for them or ask for support from the Youtube team.

Is It Necessary To Have 1000 Subscribers to go Live?

No, a thousand subscribers are not a compulsion in each and every scenario.

You only need to have at least a thousand subscribers on your YouTube channel if you are going live through your mobile device. But, you can go live in the absence of thousand of subscribers also if you are using a desktop or a webcam. Also, you should make good videos so that your viewers can play videos in high quality on youtube.

Does YouTube Pay Youtubers for Live Streaming?

You can get paid for live streaming on the YouTube app only if you have a verified YouTube account.

To verify your YouTube channel you need to apply for the YouTube Partners Program. After applying and getting verified:

  • You can start monetizing the content that you put on your YouTube channel.
  • YouTube will also put advertisements in your videos.
  • Also, the app will pay you for streaming live on YouTube. The more the number of viewers more will be the more money you make out of it.




Another Method

The streaming facility is the base of YouTube. You can stream millions of videos on this platform. YouTube has introduced a very new feature to boost engagement. You can now go live on YouTube. It is the same as other platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, etc.

Let’s learn how you can use live streaming on YouTube.

How to go live on YouTube through a mobile App

Mobile app also gives you an option to go live on YouTube. Mostly users use mobile apps for live streaming. Let’s learn how you can go live on YouTube.

  1. Open YouTube: Open the YouTube app and sign in with your Gmail account.
  2. Tap on the upload icon: Tap on the upload icon at the top of your app screen.
  3. Enable All accesses: Enable microphone access for good sound and camera access to make the live sessions even better.
  4. Tap on ‘go live’: Tap on the ‘go live option at the top. If you have enabled it already on your desktop, then you can start it or if you haven’t done that then first enable live streaming on your YouTube channel.

That’s how you can start live streaming on YouTube. If you have enabled live streaming, then it will take 24 hours to start your live session.

How to go live on YouTube through desktop

The desktop version is very effective with some extra features. Let’s learn how you can do live streaming on YouTube.

  1. Open your browser: Open your preferred browser.
  2. Open YouTube: Open YouTube and sign in with your Gmail account.
  3. Click on the profile picture: Click on your profile picture at the top right corner.
  4. Click on ‘creator studio’: Click on the creator studio in all given options.
  5. Click on ‘channel’: Now click on the ‘channel’ option in the vertical line on the left side.
  6. Enable the live streaming: Now you will see a few boxes on the right side. Choose the live streaming option in the first line. Click on the ‘enable’ option. Your live streaming will be enabled after 24 hours.
  7. Click on the ‘upload’ option: Now click on the plus sign option at the top and on the left side of the profile picture.
  8. Click on ‘go live’: Click on the ‘Go Live’ option to start live streaming after enabling the live streaming.

That’s how you can have a live streaming function. First, enable the live streaming then start it.

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