How to Easily Go Live on YouTube From a Computer
In this article, you’ll discover how to set up, schedule, and broadcast live from your computer using YouTube Studio. You’ll also find helpful features for engaging with your live viewers.
To learn how to go live on YouTube from your desktop, read the article below for an easy-to-follow walkthrough or watch this video:
#1: Activate Live Streaming for Your YouTube Channel
There are no rules or limits as to who can go live on YouTube. While streaming from your phone requires 1,000 subscribers, anyone can stream from their laptop or desktop.
Third-party tools may give you more functionality and more professional live streams but here’s the secret: You don’t have to start there. You can go live on YouTube with just your computer and a YouTube account.
Before you can go live on YouTube, you need to make sure live streaming is activated on your channel. To do this, click on the video camera icon at the top-right corner of the screen and select Go Live.
Once that’s done, it can take up to 24 hours for live streaming to become active on your channel so be sure to plan ahead.
#2: Set Up a YouTube Live Stream From Your Computer
Once live streaming is enabled for your channel, you’re ready to set up your first buy youtube live stream views
Again, click the video camera icon in the top-right corner of the screen and choose Go Live. This will take you to YouTube’s live-streaming dashboard with all of the integrated tools. Note that if you happen to click away from this view, you need to make sure Webcam is selected in the left navigation.
In the Webcam Stream Info window, fill in the details about your YouTube Live video. Start by typing in your title. Make sure it’s spot-on. Doing keyword research on your live stream title is just as important as for recorded videos to create searchable content. YouTube will favor your live stream while you’re live if you make the title searchable.
Next, decide whether you want your live stream to be public or unlisted. Of course, select Public if you want your audience to see it.
Pro Tip: I recommend testing before you go live publicly on YouTube, which you can do by choosing Unlisted here.
You’ll also see the option to schedule your live stream for later. The benefit of scheduling a stream is that YouTube will generate a link you can use to promote it. Don’t just expect that if you go live, people will come. You need to take control of your viewership, rather than leave it in the hands of the algorithm. So use your social media platforms, email list, and any other assets to promote your live stream ahead of time. That way, you won’t simply be relying on the YouTube notifications to get people to show up.
Note: If you opt to schedule your live stream, you’ll come back into this interface to pick it up later. At that point, you click Manage on the left-hand side of the screen to see all of your scheduled live streams. Click the hamburger menu for your video to edit your live video settings or get a shareable link that’ll copy it to your clipboard. When you’re ready to go live, just click on your scheduled video from here and you’re ready to go.
Continuing with the YouTube Live setup, choose the audience next. Is your video made for kids or not?
Click More Options at the bottom of the window to get access to even more settings. You can choose your category, as well as your camera and microphone (if you have those USB devices plugged in).
When you’re finished, click Next.
YouTube now asks you to smile for a thumbnail. While I posed for a silly thumbnail below, I recommend that you prepare your thumbnails in advance. If you want to retake the thumbnail or upload a custom thumbnail, click the pencil icon.
This window also shows your title, category, and privacy setting so you can double-check that info before you go live. If everything looks good, click Go Live to start your live stream.
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Pro Tip: When you live-stream, make sure you plan for the best performance from your computer. Live streaming is, well, live. It’s not if something is going to go wrong, it’s when. Close out of any background syncing apps like Google Drive or Dropbox and any other applications you’re not using during your stream. Also do a fresh reboot before you go live. All of these things can help you have a better, smoother stream.