How to create live videos on Twitter

Twitter is the place to see what’s happening in the world—from breaking news to major live events. You can easily create live videos to share what’s happening live from your Twitter account. 

Create a live video
How to start a live video:
Step 1

Tap the icon from the composer.

Step 2

Tap Live at the bottom selector.

Step 3

To go live with audio but not video, tap the microphone at the top right. This will turn off the camera, and you’ll be heard by viewers, but not seen.

Step 4

Fill in an optional description that will appear as a Tweet, and a location if desired.

Step 5

To invite guests before going live, tap Invite guests to select or search for people to join your broadcast.

  • Tap the profile icon of the guests you want to join.
  • Tap Save.
Step 6

Tap Go live. Your live broadcast, with description and location (if added), will appear in a Tweet in your follower's timeline and on your profile.

How to end a live video:
You can end a live video at any time by pressing the Stop button on the top left and confirming your action in the menu that comes up.

How to start a live stream using a third-party hardware or software:
Step 1

Go to your application or hardware settings and choose “Custom Streaming Server”

Step 2

Select "Twitter" from your pull down option to authenticate this encoder with your Twitter account

Step 3

Log in to your Twitter account using the username and password for the account you wish to send the stream to and accept permissions

Step 4

Start streaming your video.

Please Note: Every encoder is a little different so we advise that you reference the application’s manual if you have any questions.

How can I find live videos on Twitter?

You can discover and watch live videos from your Home timeline, notifications, search, and trends. You can watch live videos and replays from anyone on Twitter whose account isn't protected.

Invite guests to join

When enabled, a broadcaster can invite their viewers to join as guests, and viewers of the live broadcast can request to join as a guest. Up to 3 guests can participate in a live broadcast at one time. Broadcasters can choose to turn off the camera, and participate as audio only. Guests will participate with audio, and can be heard by all viewers.
 

To allow viewers to request to join your broadcast:

  1. Tap the icon from the Tweet composer.

  2. Tap Live at the bottom.

  3. To allow live viewers to request to join your broadcast, tap the  icon on the upper right.

  4. Tap Go LIVE to begin your broadcast.

  5. When a viewer has asked to join your broadcast, a notification will appear in the chat. You can also view the call-in list by tapping the  icon on the bottom bar and see every viewer who has requested to join the broadcast.

  6. Tap the icon to add them to the broadcast. There will be a 5 second countdown before they join.

  7. To remove a guest from the broadcast, tap the X on the top right of their avatar.
     

To invite viewers to a live broadcast:

  1. Tap the icon from the Tweet composer.

  2. Tap Live at the bottom.

  3. To allow live viewers to request to join your broadcast, tap the  icon on the upper right.

  4. Tap the  icon.

  5. Tap Invite guests.
  6. Select or Search for Guests.

  7. Tap Go LIVE to begin your broadcast and invites will be sent via Direct Message.
     

To add guests to a live broadcast:

  1. Tap the  icon from the Tweet composer.
  2. Tap the Live mode at the bottom.
  3. To allow live viewers to request to join your broadcast, tap the  icon on the upper right.
  4. Tap Go LIVE to begin your broadcast.
  5. Tap the  icon.
  6. Tap the “+” next to the viewers you’d like to add as guests. 
     

To join a live broadcast as a guest:

  1. While watching a live broadcast that has guests enabled, tap the  icon, then tap Ask to join.

  2. The broadcaster must approve your request to join as a guest.

  3. Once accepted, a 5 second countdown will appear onscreen before you are added to the broadcast. If you choose not to join, tap Cancel.

  4. Your audio will be heard by all viewers of the broadcast.
     

To leave the broadcast as a guest:
 

To exit the live broadcast as a guest, tap on the  icon on the bottom, and select Hang up, or simply tap the X at the top left of the screen. When you leave the broadcast as a guest, you can continue to watch the live broadcast as a viewer.

Can I share a live broadcast or replay?

Yes! From the live video or replay full screen mode, click or tap the share icon  then choose between the following options:

  • Click or tap Share Live (when live) or Share From Beginning (when in replay mode) to Tweet, Direct Message, or copy the link of a full live video or replay from the beginning.
  • Click or tap Share from… to Tweet, Direct Message, or copy the link of a live video or replay starting at a point chosen using the selection bar.

When I go live on Twitter, where does it go?

Your live video can go anywhere that a Tweet can go. This means that it’ll be searchable in the Twitter app, on the Twitter website, and it can be embedded on other websites just like any other Tweet. 

Can I make changes to my live video once it’s been broadcasted?

In the Twitter for iOS and Android apps, you can change the title, thumbnail image, and set a custom starting point after ending a broadcast. To get started, tap on the broadcast you’d like to edit. Tap on the overflow menu, then tap the Edit Broadcast option. Once you make your changes you’ll be prompted to save.

Keep in mind that broadcast titles can be edited up to three times. Additionally, it will take up to 15 minutes for edits to appear in Twitter.

What are hearts?

Hearts are how you share support and show your enthusiasm for a video. On iOS or Android, tap the screen to give the broadcaster a heart. On web, you can give hearts once you’re logged in by clicking the heart icon in the bottom right corner. 

Can I save my live video?

Your live videos will automatically be posted as a Tweet when you go live. You can also save your live video right to your device’s camera roll at the end of your live video by tapping Save to camera roll. If you would like to upload and share your video later, read how to share and watch videos on Twitter.

Can I receive notifications when accounts I follow start a live video?

Yes! Learn how to opt-in to receive push notifications from accounts when they go live through our Sharing and watching videos on Twitter article.

Can I comment in a live video on Twitter?

Yes, you can comment and send hearts in any live video you’re watching on iOS, Android, and on the web. You can also interact with other members of the audience by tapping on a comment to view the account profile, respond to a comment, or block the account. 

What are hearts?

Hearts are how you share support and show your enthusiasm for a video. On iOS or Android, tap the screen to give the broadcaster a heart. On web, you can give hearts once you’re logged in by clicking the heart icon in the bottom right corner. 

Can you remove someone from watching and commenting in a live video?

When you block someone on Twitter they won't be able to watch or comment in your live video. If you want to stop someone from commenting in your live video, you can block them by tapping on their comment, selecting their profile, tapping the gear icon, and then choosing Block User. The account will no longer be able to participate in your live videos and they'll be blocked on Twitter. 

As a viewer, you can report comments that you find abusive or offensive by selecting the comment and choosing Report Comment. When you report a comment you'll no longer see messages from that commenter for the remainder of the live video. This will not, however, block the account on Twitter.

Can I delete my live video?

Yes, you can delete any of your posted videos at any time by delting your Tweet. 

Can I go live if my Tweets are protected?

You cannot go live from Twitter if you have protected Tweets. 

When you make your Tweets protected, after being public, your live videos will only be discoverable to your followers on Twitter. You can delete previous live videos from Twitter deleting the Tweet with your live video.

Can viewers comment on my live video?

Viewers can comment directly in live videos through Twitter.

How do I find more live videos to watch?

You can discover Live broadcasts on the Twitter timeline when others share the live event. You can also click on the bell icon on a specific account profile you follow and you’ll get notified when they start their next broadcast.

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