Archive live streams

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If your live stream is less than 12 hours, YouTube can automatically archive it for you. This option applies to all types of live streams - including: Stream now, Events, Webcam, and Mobile. YouTube will also automatically archive streams of 1440p and 2160p (4K) video resolution. But, we recommend also recording a local archive as a backup. You can create highlight clips while your stream is still live.

Note that if your stream exceeds 12 hours, it may not be captured at all. 

Archive settings

  1. Go to YouTube Studio.

  2. On the left, click Videos.

  3. Click the Live tab.

    • To change your privacy setting, go to Visibility.

    • To delete the video, click More .

Note: On mobile live, you can edit privacy settings—including setting it to private—or delete the archive on the "My videos" page.

Stream now

To update archive settings:
  1. Visit youtube.com/live_dashboard.
  2. Click Stream options.  
  3. Check the box for "Make archive unlisted when complete."       

Events

To update archive settings:
  1. Visit youtube.com/live_dashboard.
  2. Click Advanced settings.
  3. Check the box for "Automatically make archive unlisted once the stream has ended."

Mobile

After your mobile live stream ends, you can edit privacy settings—including setting it to private—or delete the archive on the "My videos" page.

 

Note: You can also change the privacy of any live stream archive using the Videos page.
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