How to live stream to YouTube from iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Looking to broadcast yourself on YouTube? Here is how you can live stream to YouTube from your iPhone, iPad, Android phone, or computer.

Live stream to YouTube

From iPhone and iPad

These are the requirements to create a live stream to YouTube from your iOS, iPadOS, or Android device:

1) You must have at least 50 subscribers on your YouTube channel.

  • Important: While it takes just 50 subscribers to get the live streaming feature on YouTube, your stream is restricted and shown only to a limited number of viewers. Plus, after you stop streaming, it will default to private settings. Once you have over 1000 subscribers, the above restrictions will not be there.
  • While everyone can create a YouTube channel in a few minutes, gaining subscribers takes time.

2) Your YouTube channel must be verified.

  • It means you must go to and verify using your phone number and OTP. It’s easy.
  • Once you verify your YouTube channel, you can live stream from your mobile. Plus, verifying also allows you to upload videos longer than 15 minutes, add custom thumbnails, and appeal Content ID claims.

3) Your iPhone and iPad must be iOS 8 or above (which it most certainly is, unless you have not updated your old iPhone since 2014!)

4) Your YouTube channel must not have had live streaming restrictions in the last 90 days.

5) You must enable live streaming on YouTube. And even after enabling live streaming, you may have to wait for 24 hours to start your first YouTube live stream. However, future live streams will be instant with no waiting period. If streaming isn’t enabled for your account, you will be asked to do that while following the initial steps below.

6) For a decent YouTube live stream, you should connect your iPhone or iPad to strong Wi-Fi or cellular data (4G, 5G).

Start YouTube live stream from mobile

Once you meet the minimum requirements, here’s how to live stream to YouTube from your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone:

1) Open the YouTube app and tap the plus button.

2) Select Go live.

Go live on YouTube using your phone
  • Important: You can’t live stream from your phone if it says, “Eligibility. Your channel does not meet our updated eligibility requirements for mobile live streaming. You can still stream with your webcam or broadcasting software.”

3) Give a title and description from this live stream. You can also adjust the visibility settings.

4) Tap More options and follow the on-screen prompts to schedule the live stream or further tap Show more to configure live chat, monetization, etc.

5) Set a thumbnail for the live stream using the camera, or you can upload a custom thumbnail you have made beforehand.

Title and thumbnail for YouTube Live Stream on iOS

6) When everything is set, tap GO LIVE to start streaming to YouTube from your mobile.

7) Tap X > End to stop streaming.

Go Live on YouTube from iPhone

From Mac or PC

You can use the updated version of Google Chrome or Firefox to go live on YouTube using your computer’s webcam and microphone. Follow this official guide if you want to use an encoder to live stream your gameplay or use multiple cameras and microphones.

Here’s how to live stream to YouTube from a Mac or PC:

1) Visit and make sure you’re signed in.

2) Click the plus button from the top right and select Go live.

Go live on YouTube from your computer
  • Important 1: If it says “Live streaming isn’t available right now,” click Enable. Next, it will say, “Gain access to use this feature. To access live streaming on desktop, first verify your phone number.” Click Verify and complete the phone verification. After that, return to the previous screen, and most likely, you will see “Ready in 24 hours. It takes 24 hours to activate your account for live streaming. Once activated, you can go live instantly.” After this waiting period, you can live stream instantly on all future occasions.
  • Important 2: If it says, “How you’ll appear, upload picture, create channel,” that means you have not created your YouTube channel. Follow along and do that. After this, you may also have to follow what you see in Important 1 above.

3) Select when you want to go live – right now or later, and click Start.

Select when you want to go live on YouTube

4) On the “pick the type of stream to begin,” click Go next to built-in webcam.

Pick the type of stream to begin on YouTube

5) Enter the details of the stream like title, description, category, thumbnail, playlist, audience, age restrictions, etc. You can also click Show More to add tags and chapters and see additional settings. Once done, click Next.

Fill in the YouTube stream details

6) Customize your stream to your needs by setting the right Live Chat, participant modes, and message delay options. Click Next.

Customize your YouTube stream with Live chat, participant modes, and message delay

7) Set the visibility – public, private, or unlisted. Next, you can schedule it for later or leave the current date and time to go live now. Click Done.

YouTube Stream Privacy settings

8) Finally, see the stream preview and click GO LIVE!

Go Live on YouTube from computer

When done, click End Stream > End. After that, you can click Edit in Studio to make further changes.

Screenshot showing live streaming on YouTube from computer

This is how you can live stream to YouTube from your iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac, or PC using the YouTube app or website. Apart from this, third-party apps like Live Now – Live Stream allow you to live stream to YouTube and other services.

Make sure you follow YouTube’s community guidelines to keep your account in good standing.

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