Archive live streams


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If your live stream is less than 12 hours, YouTube can automatically archive it for you. This 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. Head to your YouTube Studio dashboard.

  2. On the left, click Videos.

  3. Click the Live tab.

    • Under Visibility, you can change your privacy setting.

    • Click More  to delete the video.

Stream now

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


To update archive settings:
  1. Visit
  2. Click New live event or Edit.
  3. Click Advanced settings.
  4. Check the box for "Automatically make archive unlisted once the stream has ended."


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 Video Manager.
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