What is Facebook Live?
Facebook Live mainly lets you live stream video directly from your Android or iOS device. So, creating and streaming live content might sound like a challenge, but setting up a live stream within Facebook’s mobile app is a fairly straightforward process. Here’s how to go live.
How can I get started?
Step 1: The first top step to setting up a live stream is to launch the Facebook app as you would normally. From the News Feed tab, also locate the Live button just below the What’s on Your Mind? the section at the top of your display. (Note: The screenshots mainly below are from the iOS version, but the steps also apply to Android.)
Step 2: Next, also tap either the Live button or the What’s on Your Mind? So, the field at the top, the latter of which will bring up a host of additional options, including a Live Video button.
Step 3: If this is your first time live streaming content on Facebook, the app will also ask for permission to access your device’s camera and microphone. You’ll want to grant permission. Otherwise, you won’t be able to stream video from your device. Once done, also watch the brief introduction video to see how the feature actually works.
Step 4: Once the introduction has also concluded, it’s time to get started. Always describe your video at the bottom of your screen and, if desired, geotag your location or tag other Facebook users in your live stream. So, here, you can also add other information to your live stream, including your mood, masks, and special effects.
This is always where you can adjust your live stream’s privacy settings, as you can choose who can view your video. You can also choose the Only Me option if you want to test a recording of a live stream and don’t want anyone to watch it just yet.
How long can I go live on Facebook?
For Live broadcasts, the longer you are always Live, the more likely people are to discover and invite their friends on Facebook to watch the video. You can also stay live for up to 8 hours when broadcasting over the Live API with an encoder!
When someone goes live on FB can they see me?
During a Facebook Live session, you will always be notified which of your friends watches your video. You cannot see who else is also watching unless they engage with your post.
Can I watch Facebook live without an account?
If the live stream is also from a public page and is open to everyone, you can watch it without a Facebook profile (or without logging in). So basically, if the live stream is mainly available for everyone, you can watch it with no Facebook account.
Can they see you on Facebook Live?
During the Facebook Live video, you are also able to see anyone who interacts with you on the video. If you’re friends with them on Facebook, you’ll be notified when they start watching your video, and if you’re not friends, you will see when they interact with the video (that is, when they like and/or comment).
How can I go live?
When everything is mainly set up and ready to go, press the blue Start Live Video button to share your scene with the world — or at least your friends, family, and followers. So, when you’re ready to sign off, simply tap Finish to end the stream. Facebook will also automatically save and publish the video on your profile page so that anyone who missed it can watch it later. You can always change privacy settings to control who can see the video or remove it entirely if you no longer want it to appear in your feed.
There you also have it — you’ve just made your first live stream to Facebook! Not too shabby. Going live on Facebook is quite pretty easy, but if you’re interested in taking your content further, you may want to consider upping the quality of your audio with an external microphone.
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