Hangouts On Air with YouTube Live

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You can use YouTube Live to create a Quick event with Hangouts On Air, or a Custom event using an encoder. Learn how to set up a live stream with YouTube Live.

Follow these steps to set up Hangouts On Air with YouTube Live:

  1. Go to Live Streaming Events in YouTube Studio.
  2. Click New live event.
  3. Select Quick (using Google Hangouts On Air).
  4. Give your live stream a title.
  5. Click Go live now or enter in details to schedule your event for later.
  6. Use Hangouts to broadcast live.

Schedule a YouTube Live broadcast

YouTube Live has built-in events scheduling that lets you schedule your event for a future date and time. 

Control who can see the broadcast

When you create a new event, you can select one of three options:

  • Public - Anyone can see and access the event.
  • Unlisted - The event isn’t shown publicly but anyone with a link can join. 
  • Private - Only people you specifically invite can join the event. You can share the event with a domain, group, or individual.

Q&A, Showcase, and Applause

These apps are currently not available on YouTube Live.

Google Slides has a Q&A feature that can be used as part of a broadcast. You can also use various social media platforms to gather questions ahead of the event.

You can use the event description to share links with your audience.

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