How To Live Stream On Twitter

Live streaming on Twitter is incredibly popular with brands and users

Like other social media apps, Twitter features a live streaming option which allows you to broadcast video from within the app.

Twitter live streams appear within the Twitter apps and can be viewed by your followers and the general public while broadcasting and afterwards via an on-demand Twitter video. Similar to live streaming on Instagram, Twitter users can interact with live streams via typing a message in the chat or by using a heart emoji.

The live stream feature is available on both iOS and Android versions of the Twitter app.

How To Begin A Broadcast On Twitter

A live broadcast can be done from within the official Twitter app for iOS and Android devices. A cellular or Wi-Fi signal is required and your account must be public. If your Twitter account is set to protected, you will not be able to live stream.

If you have a lock icon next to your username, this means that your Twitter account is protected. You can change your account to public by disabling the Protect your tweets switch in Settings and privacy > Privacy and safety within the Twitter app.

  1. Open the Twitter app on your iOS or Android device and select the compose button, indicated by a quill and plus sign.

    Beginning a live stream video broadcast in the iOS Twitter app.
  2. Tap the camera icon, then select Live.

    You will need to grant Twitter access to use your device's camera and microphone to continue.

  3. Select Add location and select your preferred location for the Twitter live stream.

    This location information is used to make your broadcast more discoverable by users in the Twitter and Periscope apps.

    Beginning a live stream video broadcast in the iOS Twitter app.
  4. Select What's happening? and type the text you want to go along with your live stream. This could be the title of your broadcast or a casual message to your follows encouraging them to tune in.

    Adding keywords and hashtags to your description will help your tweet show up in Twitter searches.

    Beginning a live stream video broadcast in the iOS Twitter app.
  5. Select Go Live to immediately begin your Twitter live stream.

    While streaming on Twitter, you can use the three buttons in the upper-right corner to turn your flash on or off, change cameras, and mute or unmute your microphone, respectively. You can also tap the icons in the lower-right corner to see who your viewers are.

  6. When you're ready to finish your live stream on Twitter, select the red X icon in the upper-left corner.

    Beginning a live stream video broadcast in the iOS Twitter app.
  7. A confirmation option will pop up. Select Stop Broadcast to confirm the end of your live stream or Cancel to continue streaming.

What Happens To Past Twitter Live Streams?

When you finish broadcasting with the Twitter app, a recording of your live stream saves to Twitter and becomes available to rewatch on-demand from within the initial stream's tweet.

This recorded live stream can be edited by tapping on the video within the tweet and then selecting Edit Broadcast. From here, you can rename the title of your stream and even edit the start and end points by selecting specific points on the video timeline.

Once all of your changes have been made, select Save Changes to lock them in.

Changes made to a recorded Twitter live stream can take around 15 minutes to propagate across the social network.

If you want to delete a previous Twitter live stream, all you need to do is delete the tweet that contains the video. This will delete the video on both Twitter and Periscope.

Deleting a past live stream from within the Periscope app will not delete it on Twitter.

Ending and editing a live stream video broadcast in the iOS Twitter app.

How Are Twitter And Periscope Connected?

The Twitter live stream feature is powered by Periscope, a separate service owned by Twitter that's dedicated purely to broadcasting video.

While the Periscope live video service is what makes streaming on Twitter possible, the Periscope app isn't needed to begin a broadcast from Twitter and does not need to be downloaded onto your smart device. All of this connectivity happens behind the scenes and is not something the average user needs to worry about.

Periscope accounts are identical to Twitter accounts despite the different app name; following a user on one will result in you following them on the other. Periscope live streams will also broadcast on Twitter and vice versa.

While the Periscope live stream app isn't needed to broadcast from Twitter, it can be useful for finding other live streams to watch due to its improved search and discovery features.