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. 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?

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

How to Go Live and Stream on Instagram

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. Here’s how to do it.

  1. To go LIVE on TikTok, tap the “create” icon to access the LIVE screen.
  2. Swipe to “LIVE” in the navigation, pick an image, and write a title for your stream.
  3. Once you’re ready, press “Go LIVE” to start your stream.
  4. Once you’re LIVE, you can tap the “vertical ellipsis” (three vertical dots) to change a variety of settings. You can flip the camera, add effects, filter comments, and even add moderators (up to 20).

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 don’t have that capability yet. This scenario is because TikTok Live is only available to users with over 1,000 subscribers.

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How to Get the “Live” Button on Instagram

If you don’t already have the required 1,000+ followers, there are some ways to try and get the Live button to appear.

  1. Email TokTok and ask them to release the “Live” feature on your account. Don’t try too hard to sell them on it (leads to rejection like a salesman pushing a product), but give them a valid reason to do it (received several request to go live, have a specified need to broadcast, etc.).
  2. If “Step 1” fails, find a paid service or ask around on social media for people to subscribe to your TikTok channel, leading to more than 1,000 subs—it’s OK to sell here, LOL. That process opens the “Live” option to you.

If you’ve gone live before and no longer see the “Go Live” option, there’s also the possibility that you broke TikTok Community Guidelines, so TikTok could’ve taken away your ability to go Live.

As you can see, if you already have the Live button, it’s elementary to start a live stream on TikTok. However, it is more difficult to regain the “Go Live” option, whether it’s because you haven’t met the 1,000+ subscriber count or lost the feature due to failed TokTok Community Guidelines compliance.

24 thoughts on “How to Go Live & Stream on TikTok”

Sherriya says:
Can you un banned my live my username angelqueenpz3
Steve Larner says:
Nope. This is a tech website. You’ll need to contact TikTok.
Tarsicia Daveney says:
I didn’t find the live button. Please answer and give option as fast as you can
Sung je joon says:
Hello tiktok please i don’t know to use live and i don’t have live my tiktok account
@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.
bhabeshbaishya23 says:
Dear tik tok team I have crossed 1550 Followers, But don’t get Live Features please provide us Live option, Thanks,
Manish Chaubey says:
I have 2.4 k followers but I have no live option. My age is 21 years old @Manishchaubey143
Kalkidan Eshetu says:
I don’t know if it will work cross you fingers that is will
Anna says:
IT dosent show up on me and i have over 1k
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?
Hayley barratt says:
@geoffrodison I post Japan bts anime content not yet at 1000
subhash says:
tik tok name romanticeye i have 20.5 k followers but they will not live option ..
Brooke A Miracle says:
I cant go live even tho i have 1000 followers
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
Amanda says:
I’m having this problem too!
Cecilia says:
I have over 1k followers and i don’t have a live button and i never went live before
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
Niamjph says:
Same was it because they updated TikTok
Vanessa Guerrero says:
The live and video button are not under my recording button
Mariah says:
I dont have it on there it just says record than 2 time number 15sc and 60sc
Sam says:
How do you get fake fans?
Ellie says:
I don’t have it on there and I haveover 1k fans
@dhanushjd8 says:
Yeah it’s correct they should have 1000 fans then they will get live option it’s real
Jordyn says:
I have 65 followers can I still live stream on TikTok
Kajal Tiwarii says:
I have 1k fan then also I can’t come live option Isco coming but then it not working
Theresa says:
Nope I have less then 500 and I can go live it’s this normal??
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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