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Introduction to live streaming

You can reach your audience live by taking advantage of live streaming on YouTube.

Before you get started with your live stream, you need to do a few things:

  1. Confirm that your channel is verified and that you have no live stream restrictions in the last 90 days.
  2. Enable live streaming

Start streaming

Once your channel is enabled, you have three options to start your live stream:

  • Stream now is a quick and easy way to go live. Start sending content and we'll automatically start and stop the stream for you at the right time.
  • Events gives you greater control of the live stream. You can preview before you go live, you have backup redundancy streams and you can start and stop the stream when you want.
  • Mobile lets you stream from the main YouTube app. After a mobile live stream ends, an archive of the stream is saved to your channel and you have the option to edit the privacy setting (including setting it to private) or delete the archive.

Note: To be eligible to use YouTube live on mobile, your channel must have more than 25 subscribers.

If you want to embed your live stream on a site, make sure that you have an approved AdSense account linked to your YouTube account.

Learn more about setting up a live stream.

All content in live streams must adhere to our Community Guidelines. If you suggest that you will live stream something that would violate our Community Guidelines, we may age-restrict or remove your live stream, and may add a strike to your account (which will prevent you from live streaming for three months).

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