How To Go Live & Stream On TikTok

TikTok is full of awesome pre-recorded musical parodies. You can scroll through the “For You” page for hours, watching your favorite recorded videos from some of the best creators on TikTok. In fact, you might even create some of those videos yourself. But what about going live so that your followers can see you in real-time? After all, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook are all social media platforms that allow you to “Go Live”, so what about TikTok?

How To Go Live & Stream On TikTok

TikTok, just like the others, allows you to take your content live for everyone to see in real-time. If you’re wondering how you can start your own live stream on TikTok, follow along below and we’ll show you how step-by-step. Let’s get started.

How to go live stream

At first, it might be confusing on how to start a live stream on TikTok. The platform doesn’t necessarily make it very obvious as to how to go live.

The first step is to open the TikTok app and log into the account that you want to live stream on. Once you’re logged in you can press the “+” button, the tool used to create pre-recorded TikToks.

Right next to the record button, at the bottom of the screen, you should see an option that says “Live.”  Tap it, and you can start to create your live stream.

You’ll want to add an engaging title to your live stream, maybe trying to take advantage of some trending hashtags within the title to really make your stream “pop.”

Finally, hit the “Go Live” button, and your live stream is started instantaneously.

Live isn’t available for everyone

If you don’t see the option to go “Live” next to the record button, there’s a chance that you just don’t have that capability yet. This is because live streaming is currently a feature in the testing phase. That said, it’s on a rolling release, slowly releasing it out to everybody on TikTok. If you don’t have it, make sure your TikTok app is up to date. If that doesn’t fix it, you’ll just have to wait until TikTok brings it to you specifically!

On top of that, there are some rumors that TikTok only allows 1,000 users to be live at a time because of how much stress live streaming can put on the platform. That count varies from country to country, but TikTok still might put limits on how many people can live stream at a time.

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How to get the “live” button

There are some ways that you can try and force the Live button to appear, though it isn’t necessarily known if you can actually force it, but it’s still worth a shot.

Some TikTok users say that if you get over 1,000 followers, the Live button will appear. These don’t have to be actual followers — it’s fine to have a mix of actual followers, as well as a bunch of “fake” followers. After you get over 1,000 fans, wait a couple of days, and the Live button should hopefully appear.

The other possible reason why you might not see it is because you’re in the middle of recording a TikTok. If you’re already recording a TikTok, the Live button disappears. Once you’re done recording your TikTok or some audio, the Live button will reappear again.

If you’ve gone live before, there’s also a possibility that you used some banned words, and so TikTok could’ve taken away your ability to go Live. If you use a banned word like “duet” or “follow” or “fan” — and plenty others — TikTok could stop you from going Live ever again. TikTok doesn’t seem to have an exhaustive list of banned words; however, you can find some general guidelines to follow on their own Community Guidelines page.


As you can see, if you already have the Live button, it’s actually really easy to start a live stream on TikTok. However, it might be more difficult if you don’t have the TikTok Live button, whether because you haven’t met some fan requirement or if you haven’t been apart of the rolling release.

Have you gone live before on TikTok? Did you have to get the Live button to appear by gaining fans or followers? Let us know in the comments section below!

22 thoughts on “How To Go Live & Stream On TikTok”

Avatar Tarsicia Daveney says:
I didn’t find the live button. Please answer and give option as fast as you can
Avatar Sung je joon says:
Hello tiktok please i don’t know to use live and i don’t have live my tiktok account
Avatar @rabinarayan_143 says:
I (rabinarayan_143) have 2.7 k follwers. & my age is 31 but I have not get live option in tiktok. please as soon as possible give me live optoin.
Avatar bhabeshbaishya23 says:
Dear tik tok team I have crossed 1550 Followers, But don’t get Live Features please provide us Live option, Thanks,
Avatar Manish Chaubey says:
I have 2.4 k followers but I have no live option. My age is 21 years old @Manishchaubey143
Avatar Kalkidan Eshetu says:
I don’t know if it will work cross you fingers that is will
Avatar Anna says:
IT dosent show up on me and i have over 1k
Avatar Wendy says:
If you go live – how long can the video run? My nephew (14) apparently committed suicide by hanging while live streaming, nobody reported it – how can this be reported and if it has been reported – how would the police have found him?
Avatar Hayley barratt says:
@geoffrodison I post Japan bts anime content not yet at 1000
Avatar subhash says:
tik tok name romanticeye i have 20.5 k followers but they will not live option ..
Avatar Brooke A Miracle says:
I cant go live even tho i have 1000 followers
Avatar Binda says:
I have more than 160K fan on tiktok and suddenly my live option is disappeared I can’t come live for many times and i also report so many times on my tiktok account but they are not give me any answer please help me
Avatar Amanda says:
I’m having this problem too!
Avatar Cecilia says:
I have over 1k followers and i don’t have a live button and i never went live before
Avatar Amyah says:
I no live button and I have over 1,000 followers and I’ve never been live. If anyone knows how to help let me know plz
Avatar Niamjph says:
Same was it because they updated TikTok
Avatar Vanessa Guerrero says:
The live and video button are not under my recording button
Avatar Mariah says:
I dont have it on there it just says record than 2 time number 15sc and 60sc
Avatar Sam says:
How do you get fake fans?
Avatar Ellie says:
I don’t have it on there and I haveover 1k fans
Avatar @dhanushjd8 says:
Yeah it’s correct they should have 1000 fans then they will get live option it’s real
Avatar Jordyn says:
I have 65 followers can I still live stream on TikTok
Avatar Kajal Tiwarii says:
I have 1k fan then also I can’t come live option Isco coming but then it not working
Avatar Theresa says:
Nope I have less then 500 and I can go live it’s this normal??
Avatar Kyla forshaw says:
This worked but when I push fo live it doesn’t work my username is 1.k_please

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