How To Set Up Live Streaming on YouTube

December 2016

With YouTube’s Live Streaming service, one can easily host and broadcast live events online. Setting up a live streaming session on your YouTube channel is a breeze, it can be done from a computer or mobile device.

Live Broadcast on YouTube

Prerequisites for Live Streaming

You need to make sure that your account has been verified and is in good standing with Google’s guideline (no copyright infringement). Learn more in our How To Verify a YouTube Account.

You’ll also need to get your hands on the right hardware. On a computer, a basic webcam and microphone will do the trick. You can also perform a live streaming session from your mobile device via the YouTube app.

How To Enable Live Streaming on YouTube

Once everything is set up, head to the Channel settings > Status and features section. Enable the Live streaming option and accept the TOS:

How To Start a Live Broadcast

Open the Creator Studio and then go to Live Streaming:
You can start a live broadcast right away by clicking on Stream Now:

How To Schedule a Live Broadcast

You can create and schedule your live broadcast sessions by clicking on the Events menu:
Go to the Advanced Settings tab to set up monetization, live chats, private broadcasts, and age restrictions options.

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