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Troubleshoot your YouTube live stream

If you’re having issues with your YouTube live stream, use the troubleshooting tips below. In addition to these tips, you can always post in our YouTube help forum or check out our list of known issues.

Review reported errors on your stream

Live streaming issues can vary depending on how many viewers are reporting errors with your live stream. You can see the number of viewers and the number of reported errors in your live stream metrics.

One viewer is reporting an error
  • There is likely a problem with this viewer’s computer or internet connection.
  • You can suggest that they try viewing or connecting to your steam a different way.
  • Ask the viewer for the steps they’re using to see the error, and check if you see it too.
Many viewers - using one internet connection - are reporting an error 
  • There is likely an issue with the viewers’ shared network.
  • You can ask the viewers to check their internet connection and network health. They should have the capacity to view multiple streams - e.g. 10 users watching 10 streams requires 10x the inbound bandwidth.
  • Ask the viewer for the steps they’re using to see the error, and check if you see it too.
Many viewers - on different internet connections - are reporting an error
 There may be an issue with your live stream encoder. Try the additional troubleshooting steps below.

Make sure your live stream encoder is working

A live stream encoder is the app, program, or tool you can use to capture and compress your live stream. You can use the steps below to troubleshoot some problems that may occur with your encoder.

  1. Make sure you are using the latest version of your encoder software. If not, update your encoder to the latest version.
  2. Check the look and sound of your stream directly in the encoder.
    • If your stream looks or sounds bad: There may be a problem with the quality of your audio and video sources routed to your encoder. You can look for encoder errors on the live dashboard, check the CPU load on your encoder, or try to find audio or video problems in your local archive file. If you don’t see any problems, you may want to try streaming using a different encoder.
    • If your stream looks and sounds healthy: There may be an issue with your outbound internet connection. Try the next step below.
  3. Test the strength of your outbound internet connection.
    • Test your internet connection: Visit speedtest.net to test the speed of your internet connection.  Ping your test to a.rtmp.youtube.com and any other external domain (ex: google.com).
    • If you find issues with your internet connection: Contact your internet service provider to troubleshoot.

Report a bug

If you continue to have issues with your live stream, you can report a bug to let our team know.

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