How to Live Stream from Your Phone

YouTube’s mobile live streaming feature is great for connecting with your audience in a more personal way than traditional videos provide. Audiences can view and respond to content in real time, and creators can do the same.

Depending on how you want to Livestream on YouTube you will need to satisfy certain criteria which in some cases means a requirement for 1000 subscribers.

If you have less than 1000 subscribers and are trying to live stream with a mobile device such as an iPhone and Android handset or tablet, then you won’t be able to go live using the YouTube app. This ONLY applies to the official YouTube app. 3rd party apps and desktop computers do not need 1000 subscribers.

Be aware that it may take up to 24 hours to enable Live Streaming for the first time. That applies to all streaming on the account.

Mobile apps that can Live Stream to YouTube

Emoze (Android/iOS)

Omlet Arcade (Android/iOS)

YouTube App (Andriod/iOS)

YouTube Gaming (Android/iOS)

Live Now (iOS)

Stream Tube (iOS)

CameraFi Live (Android)

StreamLabs (Android/iOS)


Whether you’re looking to expand your audience or to freshen up your content with something different, live streaming is a great way for creators to mix things up with their channels. If you’ve been itching to broadcast yourself live to your audience, here’s how to live stream from the YouTube app for Android or iPhone.

Step 1

Verify Your Account

To get started with live streaming, open the YouTube app. From the main menu, tap the camera icon at the top of the page (iOS) or press the red circle with the camera icon in the bottom-right corner (Android). If you haven’t already, allow YouTube access to your camera, mic, and storage.

Next, YouTube will ask you to verify your channel if you haven’t done so already. It’s a straightforward process, but YouTube has a quick video that walks you through this step.

Step 2

Prepare Your Live Stream

After pressing the camera button, allowing access, and verifying your account, you’ll see a screen with a few video thumbnails at the bottom and a camera viewfinder window at the top. Tap the “Go Live” button in the camera viewfinder area to get started.

You can now create a title, then choose a privacy setting. “Public” will allow everyone to view the stream, and “Unlisted” will only allow users with the link to view the stream. After that, you can change between front and rear camera modes by tapping the camera icon in the top-right corner.

Once that’s sorted, tap the gear icon near the top-right corner. You can now add a description, so users know what your stream is all about. You can enable or disable live chat so that users can comment in real-time. You can indicate if the stream contains a paid promotion, as well as enable monetization. You can even choose to add an age restriction for your stream if you feel that would be appropriate.

If you tap “Next,” you’ll see a countdown – and when it finishes, YouTube will automatically snap a photo for the thumbnail, so make sure to line up your camera. If you are on iOS, you can upload a custom thumbnail. I’m not sure why YouTube restricts this feature to just iPhones, but it is what it is.

Step 3

Go Live

Next, you can tap the “Share” button to send a link for your live stream using any compatible service installed on your phone. Remember to make sure you orient your phone the way you want it in the live stream because your camera will be locked into either portrait or landscape once the stream starts. Then, when you’re all set, just tap the “Go Live” button and your live stream will begin.

From here, you can switch between front and rear cameras using the camera icon at the bottom of the screen, and you can toggle chat feedback on or off using the chat bubble icon. You can even apply filters using the icon that looks like a Venn diagram, and they take effect on the fly. Then, you can end your stream at any time by selecting “Finish,” and then tapping “OK” – That’s all there is to it!

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