Live streaming lets you interact with your audience in real time with a video feed, chat and more.
Intro to live streaming on YouTube
1. Enable live streaming
To live stream, you need to have no live streaming restrictions in the past 90 days and you need to verify your channel.
- Go to YouTube.
- From the top right, click Create Go live.
- If you haven't already, follow the prompts to verify your channel.
- Enabling your first live stream may take up to 24 hours. Once enabled, you can live stream instantly.
2. Choose a way to stream
There are three types of streams: mobile, webcam and encoder. Choose the one that's best for what you're streaming.
Good for vlogging and quick updates from your phone or tablet.To create a mobile live stream, you need to meet the requirements.
Quickly live stream from your computer using a webcam.
You'll need a computer with a webcam.
Learn how to stream with a webcam.
Encoders let you stream gameplay, overlays and use hardware like preamps, mics and cameras. This type of stream is commonly used for gaming, sporting events, concerts and conferences.
Learn how to stream using an encoder.
What you can stream
All content in live streams must adhere to our Community Guidelines and Terms of Service. If you suggest that you'll 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 get a strike on your account. A strike will prevent you from live streaming for 14 days. If your account has been restricted from live streaming, you're prohibited from using another channel to live stream on YouTube. This policy 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 the termination of your account.