Introduction to live streaming

YouTube Live is an easy way to reach your audience in real time. Whether you're streaming a video game, hosting a live Q&A or teaching a class, our tools will help you manage your stream and interact with viewers in real time.

There are a few ways you can live stream on YouTube. Here's a quick overview:

Simple: These options are great for beginners, or if you want to quickly go live.

  • Webcam: Live streaming via webcam is an easy way to go live without the need for an encoder. Start streaming from your laptop/desktop computer using your webcam. Learn more
  • Mobile: Streaming on mobile lets you stream from the YouTube app. Note: to be able to live stream on mobile, you need to have at least 1,000 subscribers. Learn more

Customised: Ideal for more advanced live streams.

  • Encoder streaming: Encoders allow you to capture content, including your desktop, camera, microphone and more, and send it to YouTube Live to be streamed to all your fans. Encoder streaming is best for live streams that broadcast your gameplay, use external audio/video hardware, involve multiple cameras, etc. Learn more

All content in live streams must adhere to our Community Guidelines and Terms of Service. If you suggest that you will live stream content that violates our Community Guidelines, we may age-restrict or remove your live stream. YouTube also reserves the right to restrict a creator's ability to live stream at its discretion.

If your live stream is restricted, you may also get a strike on your account, which will prevent you from live streaming for up to three months. If your account has been restricted from live streaming, you are prohibited from using another channel to live stream on YouTube. This applies for as long as the restriction remains active on your account. Violation of this restriction is considered circumvention under our Terms of Service and may result in termination of your account. 

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