How to schedule a livestream on YouTube

How to Schedule a Livestream on YouTube?

YouTube live streaming is a excellent way to connect with your audience in real-time. Among the many features that YouTube offers, if you’re planning on live streaming sometime later in the future, the platform also allows you to schedule a Livestream on YouTube in advance.

Why Schedule a YouTube Livestream?

The benefit of doing so is that it would appear in your subscribers’ feed as an upcoming live event. And they can then click Set Reminder to get notified when the live event begins. Meanwhile, your scheduled stream will gain exposure through your subscribers. This would help ensure that you have a strong and engaged audience when you go live. Otherwise, you might have to wait some time for your audience to gather up in decent numbers.

Plus, you also risk disappointing your loyal fans if they miss any of your unannounced live streams. In fact, even if you make an announcement for your followers, it may just slip from their minds in the hustle and bustle of their day-to-day lives. But when they set a reminder, they get push notifications even before you go live. So this way they too have the time to settle down and enjoy the event.

Schedule a YouTube Livestream on PC

Creating a YouTube Live on pc is different from creating it on mobile. Both, in terms of the available features, and the minimum eligibility requirements for going live. Starting with a guide for desktop users, here’s how to schedule a Livestream on YouTube:

First, open YouTube and sign in.

Then, click on the webcam icon at the top right corner of the screen and select the Go Live option to start a new live stream.

In the YouTube Live Control Room window, Press Start on the Later Date option.

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Next, you’ll be asked whether you wish to use your in-built webcam for going live or use third-party software with options for adding overlays and other advanced features. Assuming you’re a gamer, selecting the option for a streaming software like Gamecaster or Streamlab OBS is best.

Next, you’ll see a Schedule Stream button on the top right corner of the page, click on it to schedule a stream.

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Once the new pop up window opens up, go through all three forms, set the scheduled time at the end of the final form, and then press Done.

The next screen will take you to the technical details of your upcoming stream. You can check your stream key settings in this window, monitor analytics, and tweak additional information.

That’s it. Once you’ve tuned into your desired settings, you can sit back and relax.

Schedule a Livestream on the YouTube app

To live stream on YouTube mobile app, you need to meet some requirements, which are:

  • At least 1,000 subscribers. Once you get 1,000 subscribers, you may have to wait to get access to mobile live streaming.
  • No live streaming restrictions within the last 90 days on your channel.
  • To verify your channel.
  • An Android 5.0+ device or iOS 8+ device.

If you meet all the requirements, follow these steps to schedule your YouTube Livestream on mobile:

Open the YouTube app, sign in to your account, tap on the Create icon at the bottom of the screen and select Go Live.

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Once the Title and Privacy form shows up, fill in the details and tap on More Options.

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Next, you’ll have a drop-down list with additional options. Enable Schedule for Later from that list.

Set the Date and Time, and move on to the thumbnail selection screen. Then, press Go Live.

In case if you do not have 1000 subscribers or want advanced features for your live stream, you can schedule it on YouTube from your mobile browser. Then, to Go Live from their mobile, they’ll need to use a third-party mobile application like Streamlab OBS.

Final Thoughts

For many streamers, it’s always a good idea to schedule live streams just to be on the safer side. However, you must remember that you can only schedule a live stream if you plan to go live at least 12 hours from when you begin to schedule it. So, if you want to go live sooner, you’ll just have to do it spontaneously.

Also, if you want to cancel or delete your scheduled stream, you can always do so by going into the Upcoming Events tab on the YouTube Live Control Room. Then, select a stream and hit the Delete button next to it. Do note that this action is irreversible. Having said that, we hope the blog helped, and wish you the best of luck for your next live stream.

Muhammad Omaid Khan
A content writer at Eklipse Gaming, Omaid Khan is an avid gamer, reader, hobbyist musician, and technology enthusiast.