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Facebook Live

A powerful way to connect with your audience or followers in real time.

Go Live Now

Go live on Facebook to broadcast a conversation, performance, Q&A or virtual event. When broadcasting live, your community has the opportunity to join the conversation and ask questions, comment, react, or just follow along in real time. Learn how to make personal connections and create shared experiences with Facebook Live.

Get inspired and go live

Take a look at how other creators and video publishers are harnessing the power of Facebook Live to connect with their fans in real time.

How to go live on Facebook using a phone

Broadcast to your Page, group, profile, or event from anywhere in the world using the Facebook app or the Creator Studio app (both available on iOS and Android).

Facebook Live on the Facebook mobile app

From the Facebook app:

  1. Navigate to the Page, group, profile or event where you want to publish your live stream.
  2. Tap the Live button at the bottom of the post composer.
  3. Add a description to your video. You can also tag friends, check in to a location, and add a feeling or activity.
  4. Tap Start Live Video.
  5. Tap Finish when you want to end your broadcast.

Take advantage of live broadcasting.

Find more information on Live Streaming Best Practices here.

From the Creator Studio app:

  1. Open the Creator Studio app
  2. Click the pen and paper icon in the top right corner of the Home or Posts tab
  3. Select the "Live" post option
  4. Add a description to your video. You can also tag friends, check in to a location, and add a feeling or activity.
  5. Tap Start Live Video.
  6. Tap Finish when you want to end your broadcast.
Facebook Live on the Facebook mobile app

How to go live on Facebook from a computer

When going live from a laptop or desktop computer, you’ll automatically be directed to Live Producer, which is also how you can go live on Facebook using higher-end production equipment and streaming software.

  1. At the top of your News Feed, click What’s on your mind, [Your Name]?
  2. Click the three dots icon then click Live Video and you will automatically be redirected to Live Producer.
  3. Write a description for your live video.
  4. Click Go Live in the bottom left.

Utilize a streaming software.

With Live Producer, you have the option to go live using a camera and streaming software, also referred to as encoding software or an encoder. The encoder that's best for you may depend on the type of content you plan to stream. There are several programs to choose from, including free open-source software. Learn more about encoding software options and going live with streaming software.

Use Live Producer.

Once you have your encoding software and camera installed, you’re ready to go live using Live Producer.

Learn more about going live.

Learn more about how to use Live Producer here. If you’re planning a larger virtual event or show, we also recommend checking out this advanced Facebook Live guide.

Facebook Live on the Facebook mobile app

You can go live on a Page, in a group or an event. Your live videos may also appear in News Feed and on the new live video destination on Facebook Watch, which makes it easy for users to find live content they care about. In addition to the top current and upcoming live videos, the new live video destination features channels about specific interests like entertainment, performances and more.

How to schedule a live stream

If you’re using a connected camera and encoder, you can schedule a live stream up to one week in advance in Live Producer. If possible, we recommend scheduling live broadcasts ahead of time to make your audience aware of upcoming broadcasts and to more easily connect when your stream begins. Learn more about scheduling a live broadcast here.

When you schedule a live broadcast, 2 posts are automatically created:

  • An announcement post: When you schedule your live broadcast, an announcement post is published to your Page, letting your followers know you have an upcoming live stream. People who see the announcement post can click "Get Reminder" to receive a one-time reminder notification shortly before the stream begins.
  • A live broadcast post: At the scheduled time of your live broadcast, a post containing your live stream will automatically be published. People who expressed interest via the announcement post get a notification directing them to the broadcast.

How to moderate comments

If you’re using a connected camera and encoder, you can moderate comments in Live Producer. Once a stream is initiated, the left-hand column will display your live post’s comments, giving you the ability to moderate the discussion while also monitoring the live stream.

A dropdown menu lets you apply the following settings to more easily manage comments:

  • Slow: Commenters can only comment once every 10 seconds.
  • Discussion: Your chat will only show comments of at least 100 characters.
  • Follower: Only your followers can comment.
  • Restricted: Viewers must have accounts that are at least two weeks old to comment.
  • Protected: Commenters must have followed you for at least 15 minutes.

How to trim and clip previously live videos

You can trim the beginning and end of your previously live video if there’s any unnecessary footage you’d like to cut. You can also create shorter video clips from the longer broadcast.

To trim the beginning or end of your previously live video:

  • Go to Creator Studio and navigate to the Posts tab under the Content Library section.
  • Check the box next to the previously live video you want to clip and select the Edit Post button.
  • Select Trimming on the right side of the pop-up screen.
  • Select your start and end points, and press Save.

To create a clip of a previously live video:

  • Go to Creator Studio and navigate to the Posts tab under the Content Library section.
  • Check the box next to the previously live video you want to clip and select the Edit Post button.
  • Select Video Clipping under Subtitles & Captions on the right side of the pop-up screen.
  • Set your clip start and end points.
  • Select + Add Clip.
  • Add a title to the clip.
  • Select Save.
  • After you create your clip, you can find it in the Clips tab within the Content Library section of Creator Studio. From here, you can publish the clip to your Page and add it to any relevant playlists.

How to raise money for a cause

Qualified Pages can add a Donate button to their live videos by using the Facebook app on mobile or Live Producer on a computer.

This allows you to raise money during a live video for a nonprofit or charitable organization, including your own.

Donations are not available in all markets. Learn how you can qualify for Facebook's fundraising tools here.

This image shows how you can add a Donate button using Live Producer. Learn how to add a Donate button to a mobile broadcast here.

How to bring guests into your broadcast

Live With

Live With is a built-in co-broadcasting feature that lets you invite one other person into your mobile live broadcast. You can bring on a guest speaker, interview an expert, or perform with a fellow artist, among other use cases.

As the host, you can select a guest to go Live With during a mobile live broadcast from your Page or profile (Live With is not available in Live Producer at this time).

Facebook Live on the Facebook mobile app
Facebook Live on the Facebook mobile app

Broadcasting to Facebook Live from Messenger Rooms

This Messenger Rooms feature allows you to turn your room into a co-hosted Facebook Live. You can easily go live with up to 50 people to a Facebook Profile, Page, or Group you manage.

Whether you’re hosting a book club, interviewing a panel of experts, teaching a fitness class, or broadcasting with your friends for fun, going live from a room makes it easy to have more interactive broadcasts with audiences of any size.

If you’re using Live Producer, you can bring guests into your broadcast by using platforms like Be.Live, Stage Ten and easylive.io.

Find the partner that is right for you. Video conferencing software providers such as Zoom and BlueJeans also allow you to broadcast live to Facebook with multiple participants.

Learn more about broadcasting Live to Facebook using Zoom and BlueJeans, or ask your video conferencing provider if they support this functionality.

Here are some things to keep in mind before, during and after your stream on Facebook Live.

Online Events

To support creators, small businesses, and other media partners, Facebook offers the option to host an Online or Paid Online* Event with Messenger Rooms, Facebook Live, or other video chatting platforms.

Depending on where you decide to host your event, Online and Paid Online Events* allow you to limit content distribution to those who have registered to attend for free or purchased tickets, respectively. You can learn more about Online Events here, as well as explore these lessons for more information on planning and producing an Online Event on Facebook.

To make it easier to discover and join these online events, we have also redesigned the Events bookmark. From here, your audience can quickly find events happening now, as well as discover those based on their interests, allowing them to stay connected with you and other events they care about.

*Paid Online Events are available to a select group of partners at this time. You can learn more here.

Facebook Live on the Facebook mobile app

Grow and monetize with Facebook Live

To better support our partners, we’re improving the tools that help creators earn money and manage their presence on Facebook. We’re expanding access to fan support products, such as Fan Subscriptions and Stars, as well as offering new ways to monetize video content, including ads in short-form video, ads for live video and new ad experiences. You can learn more here.

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