Facebook Live has been around since 2016, but it became especially popular over the past year or so when people were stuck at home during the pandemic and needed an outlet and to show face. Literally.
Some use Facebook Live to bring their followers along on their travels, some use it as a way to talk directly to their fans, while others use it as a way to talk directly to their "fans" (AKA their parents and miscellaneous acquaintances from high school).
Whatever you choose to use it for, you first need to know how to get started. Below you'll find the steps for Facebook Live on mobile and on a computer.
How to go live on mobile
- On iOS or Android, go to the profile, page, group, or event where you want to publish your live stream.
- Tap the Live button at the bottom of the post composer.
- Add a description to your video. You also have the option to tag friends, check in to a location, and add a feeling or activity.
- Tap Start Live Video.
- When you're done with your broadcast, tap Finish.
The quality of your stream will depend on your internet connection speed. It'll look the best when you're on WiFi instead of your phone's cellular data.
How to go live on a computer
- Open Google Chrome and go to Facebook.
- On your News Feed page, tap What's on your mind, [Name]? at the top of the page.
- Tap Live Video.
- If you've never gone live, you'll need to choose how you want to set up your live video (use stream key, camera, or paired encoder).
- Write a description about your live video.
- Click Go Live in the bottom left.