5 Free Live Stream Video Apps for Mobile Phones

Broadcast yourself to the world or a group of friends

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What better way to broadcast your face to the world but from your phone, from anywhere you like. You can use one of these 5 free video streaming apps to beam video straight from your camera to an online service, which others can use to watch your stream.

The great thing about these apps is that you don't need any special camera add-ons or microphones installed to use them. They work just fine with your regular phone camera and mic, which is great considering desktops and laptops that want something similar in HD have to use a dedicated webcam and external microphone.

Messaging apps that support video let people conduct live video chats, but are more focused on personal communication rather than “lifecasting” events, so they're not really the same as mobile broadcasters.

This category of app includes ones like Skype, WhatsApp, Kik and Facebook Messenger. They're great for video calling but not so great for sending out a live stream to other users who are wanting to see what you're up to right now.

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Facebook isn't just good for posting text, picture, and video status updates but also for sharing live video with all your Facebook friends or even just specific friends. Tap the Live button under the status update section to start broadcasting on Facebook.

When you first tap it, you'll just be sharing video with yourself but you can change it to be public, with friends only, or with specific friends you choose.

Add filters and text to the live feed, color on the screen, swap to use the front or back facing camera, include a donation button, check in somewhere nearby, and even switch to microphone mode only.

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Start broadcasting in seconds on YouNow and even tag your stream to help people find you in searches. This app lets you login with your Facebook, Instagram, Google, or Twitter account.

Right before you go live, you can choose to share your live stream on your social media sites to get even more viewers. Once you're live, you can chat with viewers (or block chat), see who's watching, swap between the front and back camera, and add viewers as fans.

The top fans and broadcasters are shown in the app so that you can quickly connect with other popular live streamers. 

The nice thing about this app, when compared with Facebook, is that you don't have to be connected to other users in order for them to easily find you.

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Share yourself with the world using the free Stream app. You can also find other live broadcasters that are streaming right now plus trending and most liked users.

Anyone watching Stream video can save clips or short slices of the video stream (up to 15 seconds each) and string them together into highlight reels that can be replayed for 24 hours. 

Like some streaming apps, this one lets others chat in real time while they are watching the stream, and their avatars appear superimposed on top of the video.

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Periscope is another popular and easy to use free live stream app. You can use it to find other broadcasters or stream your own surroundings. The list of trending streamers and featured streamers is an easy way to find popular streams to follow or watch.

One interesting aspect about this app is that you can purchase coins to buy what's called Super Hearts that you can then give to your favorite live streamers. Super Hearts you receive can be redeemed to apply for Super Broadcaster status.

Browse a map or look through a list to find broadcasters near you who are streaming live. You can also use the search tool to find live streamers by their name, place or who are broadcasting by tag like sports, music, or travel.

While live streaming with Periscope, you can see and follow the people who are watching you, hide the chat, sketch on your own stream and even save the broadcast back to your phone when you're done. Before you stream is when you get to choose to allow public access or just to share it with friends.

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Livestream is one of the market leaders in live video broadcasts on the internet, but most of its users are transmitting from professional video cameras or high-end webcams, not smartphones. However, smartphones are definitely supported; you can get the app on your iOS or Android device.

With it, you can watch thousands of live events, get notified when accounts you follow go live, and even find your Facebook friends who are also using Livestream. 

The Popular area of the app is the easiest way to find trending live and upcoming broadcasts. You can also use the categories to look for streams on music, lifestyle, animals, entertainment, and several other areas.

At any time during a broadcast, you can make a text or picture post about your broadcast as well as leave comments on your own stream (which is merged with any other comments by your viewers). If you need to disable the mic at any time, just tap the microphone button; and use the camera swap button to switch between the front and back camera.