Getting started with Periscope

Share what's happening around you, with the whole world or just a few friends, as it happens live with Periscope.

Note: Periscope is available on iOS, Android, and web. To use Periscope, you need an Apple device running iOS 11or greater or an Android device running 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher. Your Android device will need both front and back cameras in order to be compatible. Additionally, some devices can’t support the required OS. If your device isn't supported, you can always watch broadcasts via web.

How to sign up for a Periscope account

Sign up with Twitter

  1. From the Periscope app, tap Create New Account.
  2. From the login screen tap Twitter.
  3. Log in to your Twitter account.
    • If you have the Twitter app installed on your device, you can log in with the app.
    • If you don’t have the Twitter app installed, enter your email or phone and Twitter password.
    • If you have multiple Twitter accounts on your device, you will be prompted to choose which one you want to sign up with.
    • If you have login verification setup for your Twitter account, you’ll need to complete this before your Periscope account can be created.
  4. Your Twitter profile photo and bio will appear on your Periscope account. We’ll build a list of suggested followers based on who you follow on Twitter. Remember, Periscope doesn't automatically import your Twitter followers.
  5. Enter your name.
  6. Choose a Periscope username. A list of usernames will be suggested based on your Twitter username if you signed up using Twitter, or you can choose a different one. Your username must be unique and have at least two characters. If the username icon turns red upon creation, the username is unavailable.
  7. Your bio information transfers over from Twitter, but you can edit your Periscope profile at any time.

Sign up with your phone number

  1. Make sure you're using Periscope on the phone you want to sign up with. Please keep in mind that you will not be able to change the phone number associated with your account at a later time.
  2. From the Periscope app, tap Create New Account.
  3. On the next screen, tap Phone Number.
  4. Enter the required info and tap Send Confirmation Code.
  5. You'll receive a text with a confirmation code to enter into the prompt.
  6. If you run into problems, tap Resend Confirmation Code.
  7. You'll be redirected back to the login screen to create your profile and username. Your username needs to be 2 or more characters.

When you log out of Periscope, tap Log Back In, then select Phone Number. To log in again, you'll be prompted to enter your phone number and a confirmation code again. 

Sign up with Facebook

  1. From the Periscope app, tap Create New Account.
  2. On the next screen, tap Facebook.
  3. Log in to your Facebook account.
    • If you have the Facebook app installed on your device, you can log in with the app.
    • If you don’t have the app installed, you’ll be redirected to Facebook’s website to enter your email or phone and Facebook password.
    • If you have login verification setup for your Facebook account, you’ll need to complete the above step before your account can be created.
    • Enter your name.
  4. Choose a Periscope username.

Sign up with Google

  1. From the Periscope app, tap Create New Account.
  2. On the next screen, tap Google.
  3. Enter your email or phone and tap Next.
  4. Enter your Google password and tap Next.
  5. If you have login verification setup for your Google account, you’ll need to complete the above step before your account can be created.
  6. Enter your name.
  7. Choose a Periscope username.

About broadcasts

A Periscope broadcast is a live video stream. Viewers can engage directly with the broadcaster and other viewers through the use of real time commenting and hearts. A stream can be as short or as long as you want.

Broadcasts are by default public and visible to everyone on our platform. You can, however, opt to make your broadcast private and make it visible to a select group of viewers.

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