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How to go Live on TikTok: Everything you need to know

Talk to your TikTok audience in real-time.
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Published onFebruary 2, 2023

TikTok Live allows creators to interact with their followers and other viewers in real time. While live, users can comment on your stream and can sometimes send you gifts, such as exclusive stickers or a virtual funny hat to wear. However, there are specific requirements for live streaming. Here’s everything you need to know to livestream on TikTok.

Read more: How does Instagram live work?

QUICK ANSWER

To go live on TikTok, you must be 16 years or older and have at least 1,000 followers. If you meet those requirements, tap Post --> LIVE and select Go Live to start live streaming on TikTok.


KEY SECTIONS

What do you need to go live on TikTok?

Before you get in front of the camera, you must meet two requirements to use the Live feature. First, you must be at least 16 years of age. This is determined by your birthdate when you initially created your TikTok profile. Additionally, you must be 18 or older to send or receive Live Gifts. That’s because you need a bank account for TikTok to deduct any value in Coins for your donations.

Secondly, you’ll need at least 1,000 followers to unlock the ability to livestream. So if you want to go live on TikTok, you’ll first need to grow your audience.

How to go live on TikTok

Follow these steps to start live streaming if you are over 16 years old and have more than 1000 followers.

Firstly, tap the Post icon (+) at the bottom of the screen, as you would when making a video.

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Scroll to the right to select LIVE underneath the recording button.

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Before tapping Go Live, check out the preview of your video to adjust any Settings. For instance, you can add a title to your livestream, turn comments on or off, add effects or filters, choose a charity to support, and share your livestream through connected social media platforms.

When you’re ready, tap Go LIVE to begin streaming your video. When finished, tap the power button on the bottom of the menu screen to end your stream. Live streams are not recorded and will disappear from your feed once ended.


Read more: How to see who viewed your TikTok

FAQs

As long as you are 16 years or older and have over 1,000 followers, you can go live on TikTok.

Yes, going live can help increase your exposure by appearing in new viewers’ feeds. Engaging and interacting with others and raising for your favorite charities are great ways to gain followers.

Either your account is ineligible to go live, or Tiktok is experiencing issues. Check out our guide to common TikTok problems to learn how to fix them.