How to Host a Private Live Stream on YouTube

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Written by: Alex Popa

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How to Host a Private Live Stream on YouTube


Do you want to host a private live stream on YouTube?

Then this guide is for you.

YouTube allows users to host private live streams, but the process is complicated.

In this article, you’ll learn where to go and what to do for a private live stream.

The Visibility settings on your YouTube channel are where you need to look.

But those settings are hard to find.

How to host a private live stream on YouTube:

  1. Open your YouTube and hit “Go Live”
  2. Look for the camera icon. Click on it, and two options will appear – Upload video and Go live.
  3. Once you click on “Go Live”, a new window will appear
  4. Click on “Right Now”
  5. Choose between your built-in webcam or a live streaming software
  6. After clicking on Built-in Webcam, you need to customize your title, category, and other aspects of your Live
  7. Go to Edit for more customization options like privacy
  8. In the Details menu on the left, you’ll see the Visibility setting to the right
  9. Click on it and select Private
  10. Then, click “Done” when you finish

Keep reading to learn more to find out how to host a private live stream on YouTube.

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How to Host a Private Live Stream on YouTube

How Can You Host a Private Live Stream on YouTube?

You need to fiddle with the visibility options to host a private live stream.

First off, open your YouTube and hit “Go Live.”

Going live on YouTube
Going live on YouTube

It’s in the top-right corner of the screen, next to your profile picture.

Look for the camera icon. Click on it, and two options will appear – Upload video and Go live.

This is for the Desktop version of YouTube live streaming.

If you want to live stream on an Android or iPhone, you’ll need at least 1000 subscribers.

If you haven’t enabled YouTube Live Streaming before, it’ll take 24 hours for the feature to activate fully.

Once you click on “Go Live”, a new window will appear.

Starting a YouTube private stream
Starting a YouTube private stream

Click on “Right Now” if you want live streaming at this moment.

If you want to schedule the Live for another date, click “Later date.”

We’ll pretend you want to live stream now.

After clicking in “Right Now,” a new window will appear.

YouTube live stream
YouTube live stream

Choose between your built-in webcam or a live streaming software that you can customize more.

If this is your first time going live, we recommend the built-in webcam option.

It’s easier to use and doesn’t require too much technical knowledge.

A live streaming software takes some getting used to.

After clicking on Built-in Webcam, you need to customize your title, category, and other aspects of your Live.

Editing live stream settings on YouTube
Editing live stream settings on YouTube

Go to Edit for more customization options like privacy.

In the Details menu on the left, you’ll see the Visibility setting to the right.

YouTube live stream settings - Public
YouTube live stream settings – Public

Click on it and select Private.

YouTube live stream settings - Private
YouTube live stream settings – Private

You’ll see three options there – Public, Unlisted, and Private.

Check the Private box and then click on Share Privately.

This will let you invite specific people to your private live stream.

YouTube - Share video privately
YouTube – Share video privately

To add people to your private live stream, invite them by email.

Add every email address and check the “Notify via email” box.

Then, click “Done” when you finish.

That’s it!

Conclusion

Learning to host a private stream on YouTube Studio is vital in this day and age.

More and more people are starting to see the appeal of online at-home conferences.

YouTube is a great platform to host such a conference for work.

Though, most users host live streams for gaming and other niches.

Either way, hosting private streaming is not difficult. The Visibility option lets you privatize your live stream and invite people based on their email addresses.

FAQ

Can someone else stumble upon my YouTube private live stream

No one has access to your private live stream other than the people you invite.

It won’t appear publicly on the YouTube app, and no one can “stumble” upon it.

However, if those you invite call some friends over, they will see your live stream on their monitor.

There’s nothing you can do about that.

Unless you make it public, the live stream will be inaccessible to anyone not invited.

Is YouTube live streaming free?

Yes, it’s free to live stream and live video on YouTube.

However, you first need to verify your account, and you shouldn’t have had any live restrictions in the last 90 days.

If you meet these requirements, then you can go live.

As for participants in a live stream, anyone can do it.

They don’t need to pass any security checks or tests unless the live stream is private.

If you host a live stream, you’re a moderator, so you can mute users, delete comments, or even ban people.

You can select different live video qualities for the live stream and whether people can download the post-live transcoded videos.

Can you go live on YouTube without 1000 subscribers?

Yes and no.

On a computer, there’s no bottom limit of subscribers that you need to reach before being allowed to go live.

That only applies to mobile devices.

But there’s a workaround to this.

You need to download StreamLabs and connect it to your YouTube channel after enabling Live Streaming on your YouTube account.

You can create your event and broadcast it to an active or upcoming event.

Make it public or private, just like you would on YouTube!

That’s it; now you can go live on your YouTube channel without 1000 subscribers.

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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