Everything You Need To Know About Going Live On Facebook

This post will show you how to start a live streaming video and connect with your Facebook friends or admirers in real time.

How to Perform Facebook Live from a Computer
You can go live on Facebook.com if you have a webcam built into your laptop or linked to your desktop computer.

In the Google Chrome web browser, navigate to Facebook.com and sign in to your account, if necessary.

For going live, Facebook suggests using Google Chrome. If you use a different web browser, you may notice a message recommending that you use the most recent version of Google Chrome for your live video.

You have the option of going live from the News Feed, your Profile, or a Page you manage. Choose Live Video from the drop-down menu underneath the “What’s on your mind?” section when creating a new post.

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Live Video on Facebook
Check that your webcam is turned on and connected.

To gain access, you may need to update the Chrome browser settings.

Set the parameters and preferences for your live stream. Under the Live option, you may specify when you want to stream. Under the Post section, you can specify who can see your stream.

Choose whether to use your camera, streaming software, or a linked encoder next to Get Started.

Choose between viewing and streaming options in the Settings area. In the Setup section, you can select your camera and microphone, as well as the ability to screen-share.

Before you go live with Facebook Live, copy the Server URL or Stream Key and paste it into the software settings.

To begin streaming, select Go Live in the lower-left corner.

Facebook Live is also compatible with streaming software. Before you go live, copy the Server URL or Stream Key and paste it into your software settings.

How to Perform Facebook Live on Your Mobile Device
Facebook Live is also available via the official Facebook app for iOS and Android. The app version of Facebook Live includes a few more capabilities that the web version does not.

The procedures below are demonstrated using the Facebook iOS app. Android users can follow along, although there may be a few minor variations.

You can go live from the app’s News Feed, Profile, or a Page you manage:

Tap the Live button beneath the What’s on your mind? field in the News Feed.
Tap inside the What’s on your mind? field on your Profile, then tap the Live Video option.

Tap the Live option beneath Create a post on a Page you manage.
You may need to grant Facebook access to your device’s camera and microphone.

Before you go live, you can personalize your live video in a variety of ways:

To switch between the front and rear cameras, tap the camera icon in the upper-left area.
Activate flash: In poor light, tap the flash symbol to brighten the video.
Collect contributions: Tap the three dots in the upper-right corner, then Add a Donation Button.
Make a brief description: Select the text that says To tell people what your video is about, tap to add a description.
Apply effects: To add interesting filters and effects to your live video, tap the magic wand symbol.
Include a theme: To create several themes for your live video, tap the + sign.

By selecting the Bring a Friend theme, you can invite other users to co-host your live video with you. When they accept your invitation, you and your guest will appear in a split screen in the live video.

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Tap the To area at the top to choose where you wish to broadcast your live video (such as Public, Story, Friends, Friends except, Groups, and others).

When you’re finished, tap Start Live Video on Facebook Live iOS.

What Happens Before, During, and After You Go Live
When you go live, you’ll see a viewer count at the top of your video. The count indicates how many people saw your video. You can also see your viewers’ reactions and comments as they come in.

If you encounter rude or inappropriate behavior in the comments, tap the commenter’s profile picture and select Block to remove them from the live stream and prevent them from accessing it again.

When you’re finished with your live video, click Finish on the web or hit the X on the app. You can download the live video to keep a copy for yourself, or you can share it to your Timeline or Page so that friends or admirers can watch it later.

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