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YouTube live FAQs

How do I start streaming?
To go live using Stream now, open your encoder and start streaming from youtube.com/live_dashboard. There is no start button in the live dashboard.
Why are there no stop or start buttons?
You do not need start and stop buttons in the live dashboard to start streaming. Send content from your encoding software and you’ll go live instantly. When you’re done, stop streaming in your encoder and you’ll go offline. Everything is done in your encoder.
How do I stop streaming?
Just stop streaming from your encoder. YouTube will detect you stopped sending content and stop the stream for you.
Where can I find all of the archives of my live streams?
When you stop streaming, we’ll automatically upload an archive of your live stream to your channel. You can find it in Creator Studio > Video Manager. Learn more about archiving live streams.
Where can I find analytics for a particular live stream?
Analytics for all your live streams can be found by selecting View full analytics in the Analytics section of your live dashboard.
Why does it take such a long time for my archive to process? 
When you stop streaming, we’ll automatically upload an archive of your live stream to your channel. If your live stream is particularly long, it’ll take some time to process the upload.
Are archives from my live streams Public?
By default, archives will follow the settings from your live stream. If you have a public stream, your archive will be public. You can change the setting of your archive.
What happened to the user-facing metrics of my archive?
When you stop streaming, your archive will keep the same video ID. Archives will keep the views, likes, and dislikes from the live stream. Live chat does not transfer from the stream to the archive.
Where can I find analytics for all of my live streams? 
To view analytics for your live streams on YouTube, click View full analytics in the Analytics section of your live dashboard. Learn more about live stream metrics.
I accidentally reset my Stream Name/Key. Is it possible to undo that mistake?
It’s not a mistake. You’ll need to update your encoder with the new Stream Name/Key.
Is it possible to update my live stream’s metadata after the event has started?
Yes. You can update anything in the Basic Info, Monetization, and Cards tab when you’re live. New viewers will see the changes instantly and existing viewers will see the change when they refresh your stream.
What are the live chat moderation options?
You can remove or flag comments and put users in timeout or block them. You can also delegate duties by assigning a moderator. Learn more about how you can manage live chat.
What happens when a Live Chat participant is put into a timeout? 
The user will be unable to post messages to live chat for 5 minutes and will receive a message telling them so if they try.
Is my live stream public?
If you are using the Stream now, you can select Public, Unlisted, or Private.
How can viewers sponsor my content?
Viewers can provide monthly Sponsorship for your content creation and have a sponsorship badge in live chat.
My live stream ingestion is struggling, I'd like to switch to Google Public DNS
If your live stream ingestion is struggling, it may be due to a misconfigured DNS sending the stream to a distant geographical location. Follow the instructions for Google Public DNS to configure your network.
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