Do you want to learn how to live stream on YouTube? If you have a camera, a great idea and the time, you can start live streaming on YouTube today. We’re going to walk you through the steps of setting up a live stream and how to manage your streams.
How To Enable Live Streaming on YouTube?
Enabling live streams is easy on YouTube, but you will need to meet a few simple requirements first:
- You must not have any live streaming restrictions within the last 90 days.
- Your channel must be verified.
Additionally, you want to make sure that you have the right gear for live streaming. IP PTZ cameras are ideal if you’re streaming church services, events, educational lectures or other content that doesn’t require you to move around with the camera.
Once your channel meets the requirements and you have the right gear, you can start live-stream on YouTube.
For Android and iOS Devices:
- Open the YouTube app.
- Choose “Create” and “Go Live.”
It may take up to 24 hours for your first live stream to get started. Once it’s enabled, you can begin streaming right away.
- Head to the YouTube website.
- Choose “Create” and “Go Live” from the menu at the top right side of the page.
If you haven’t already done so, follow the steps to verify your channel. If this is your first stream, you may need to wait 24 hours for the streaming option to be enabled. Once it’s enabled, you can start streaming right away.
How To Pause a Live Stream on YouTube?
Once you’ve started a live stream, you may find that you need to take a break or stop streaming for some reason or another. Can you pause a live stream on YouTube?
The answer is no. Technically, you cannot pause a live stream. However, you can show viewers a “be right back” screen or let everyone know that you will be off camera for however long you need to be away.
But there is no official way to pause a stream once it’s started. The only option is to end the stream.
Viewers, on the other hand, can pause streams that they’re viewing. They can also rewind streams and view content they may have missed before they started viewing.
How To Delete Live Streams on YouTube?
Once you’ve finished a live stream, can you delete it? Maybe you only want your viewers to see your live stream content for a brief period of time or not at all after it’s aired.
The answer is yes, you can delete live streams on YouTube. You’ll need to go through several steps to delete your old streams, but yes, you can remove them from your channel.
- Head over to YouTube Studio.
- Choose “Content” from the menu.
- Navigate to the “Live” tab.
- Here you’ll see all of your streams.
- Choose which stream you’d like to delete.
- Choose “More Actions.”
- Select “Delete Forever” to remove the stream from your channel.
Keep in mind that once you delete a stream, you cannot get it back. So, think carefully before you remove a past live stream from your channel.
Now that you know how to live stream on YouTube, you can start streaming right away. The process is easier than you think, especially if you already have your pan-tilt-zoom cameras set up and ready to go live.
Remember to have a plan for your streams and to invest in quality camera gear. Using PTZ cameras for live-streaming will give you more creative freedom with your streams and allow you to stream in 4K in many cases. Also read our article “How Do IP Cameras Work“.