Restrictions on live streaming

We’ve recently raised the threshold for YouTube Live with a mobile device. To be able to live stream on mobile, your channel will need to have at least 1,000 subscribers. 

Note that this eligibility threshold does not apply to other live streaming tools. Creators who have less than 1,000 subscribers will still be able to live stream through desktop and webcam

Your channel's live streaming ability will be automatically turned off for any of the following reasons:

In addition, for channels that have a significant number of videos with features disabled, live streaming functionality may also be disabled. You can check if your channel has any strikes, and check whether you currently have access to live streaming here.

If your account has been restricted from live streaming, you're 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. If you suggest that you'll live stream content that violates our Community Guidelines, we may age-restrict or remove your live stream. We will also remove live streams that show someone holding, handling, or transporting a firearm. 

‘Made for kids’ restrictions

If your channel or live stream’s audience is set as made for kids, some features will be turned off or restricted. These are just a few examples -- see a complete list of features here.

Disabled features

  • Live chat: Live chat, and subsequently, live chat replay and Super Chat.
  • Comments: Comments on live stream archives and upcoming streams. 
  • Reminder notifications: Reminder notifications for upcoming streams. 

Restricted features

  • Highlight videos: Highlight videos created from a source video set as made for kids will have the same restrictions as the original.
  • Ads: Personalized ads will be disabled on live streams and Premieres. Contextual ads may be shown.


As a reminder - Advertiser-Friendly Guidelines and Restrictions on Paid product placements and endorsements apply to live streams too.
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