How to go live on TikTok

With the press of a button, you can stream your actions live to others around the globe; and whether you want to show off your dance moves, cooking skills, or share your thoughts, there are people eager to watch. Using TikTok, you can begin the process in only a few taps of your finger, but there are a few requirements before you start. Here’s how to go live on TikTok and the requirements needed before you can begin your live streaming career.

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Gaining TikTok live streaming

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Unlike most other social media platforms, TikTok requires that you meet a few guidelines before broadcasting. For starters, you need at least 1,000 followers before you can start broadcasting; if your account has fewer than that, you won’t even be presented with the live stream option. Once you hit 1,000 followers, don’t panic if the button doesn’t appear immediately. It may take a few days to show up.

TikTok also asks that streaming users be older than 16. People as young as 13 can make TikTok accounts, but you have to be older to have the option to stream. As a bonus, if you’re over 18 years of age, viewers can send you various virtual gifts that you can exchange for cash. If you aren’t 18 yet, you’ll have to absorb your gratitude in comments and hearts.

How to go live on TikTok

Going live on TikTok
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If you meet the above requirements, you can begin streaming yourself to the world — or, at least, the TikTok community. If you don’t see the live stream option on your TikTok screen, make sure you meet the requirements mentioned above. Follow the steps below to start the live streaming process on your favorite Android or iOS device:

Step 1: Open the TikTok app.

Step 2: Touch the + button at the bottom of the screen.

Step 3: Press the Live option under the record button.

Step 4: Come up with a title for your live stream. You want to describe what your live stream will be about so you can hook viewers.

Step 5: Click Go Live to begin.

Step 6: When you finish streaming, tap the ‘X’ button to end your session.

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