girls dancing on a mobile phone recording

How to Go Live on TikTok

  • calendar Last Updated
Author
Chris
Chris
Category
#TikTok

While TikTok is popular for its short clips, many users have been able to connect with their fanbase through live-streaming performances. As a streamer, you can see what people want at the moment, answer questions, or promote a new product or brand.

This post will cover how to go live on TikTok, what requirements you must meet, and how you can make money by streaming live video on the platform. 

man relaxing by the pool on a chair

How to Stream on TikTok

In order to go live on TikTok, you must first reach the requirements (mentioned below) to unlock the feature. When all requirements are met, you can go live by doing the following:

  1. Step 1

    Log in to the TikTok app.

  2. Step 2

    Tap on the plus sign (+) symbol in the center of the bottom of the app. 

  3. Step 3

    Select the “Live” button next to the “Record” button.

  4. Step 4

    Title your stream. You will have 32-characters to title it. Try out a few different ideas beforehand and try to use keywords that will stick out to your target audience.

  5. Step 5

    Press the “Go Live” option, you will stream directly to TikTok live within 3 seconds of you pushing the button.

How to End Your TikTok Stream

When you want to end your stream, you will simply need to click the “X” at the top left-hand side of the screen. Make sure that you say your final goodbyes and offer any call to action you want to give your viewers (such as following you on TikTok or on another social platform).

woman on a mobile phone

Requirements to Go Live on TikTok

The requirements to Go Live on TikTok are the following:

  • calendar

    How Old Do You Have to Be to Go Live on TikTok?

    You must be at least 16 years old (even though the minimum age for TikTok users is 13), though you won’t be able to receive “gifts” (offerings from your viewers that you will later be able to convert to cash) until you are at least 18 years old.

  • heart-outline

    How Many Followers Do You need to Use TikTok’s Live Feature?

    In most countries, you must have at least 1,000 followers on your profile. There are regions that have a different requirement number.

If you don’t meet these two requirements, you will not be able to stream from your account. In the meantime, continue to create great content and plan out what you will do when you can finally go live! Taking the time to grow your account to get Famous on TikTok will help you both before and after you begin to stream. Here are a few things you can try:

  • linegraph

    Create Quality and Trendy Content

    Pay attention to the trends within your niche and take time to create quality content that will appeal to TikTok viewers. Engage with other users by creating and responding to duets and replying to comments.

    You should also go live in a quiet place with little to no background noise. As with all TikTok videos, sound quality is important to keep your audience happy. Make sure to choose your camera angle ahead of time and use a tripod to help it stay focused in a steady position.

    You should also make sure you have good lighting. While natural lighting may work for many creators, others may need to use a ring light to create good TikTok live videos.

  • alarmclock

    Post Frequently

    Try to post on TikTok at least 3 times per day. Post your best clip at the most optimal time for viewers, then post the other two at less frequent times. The more you post, the better chance you will have of having your content be seen.

  • heart-outline

    Use Appropriate Hashtags

    Make sure to use the right hashtags for your niche. This way, people searching for your style of content will be more likely to see it. Try searching for similar content creators in your niche to get an idea of what tags they are using.

  • download

    Steady Internet Connection

    To host a successful live stream on TikTok, you will want to ensure that you have a strong internet connection. There is nothing worse than a laggy live broadcast when you are trying to enjoy engaging content. Make sure you check the connection before you tap the go-live button.

  • profile-female

    Add Moderators When You Go Live on TikTok

    If you have ever watched TikTok live, you know that it is important to have moderators to help filter comments, mute viewers who are causing issues, encourage your audience to remain active, and help you focus on your talking points. Make sure to choose people that you trust (check out their TikTok profile at the very least) before going live on TikTok.

person holding cash like a fan

Can You Make Money Streaming Live on TikTok?

Many TikTok users have been able to make money streaming live on the platform. In creating a successful stream income, you will raise money in the following ways when you go live on TikTok:

  • wallet

    Donations

    The primary way streamers make money is through donations. TikTok viewers can purchase “coins” from the platform and donate them as virtual gifts to their favorite creators during a live video. The creators can turn those coins into “diamonds” which can then be cashed out on PayPal. 

  • megaphone

    Sales

    Many influencers sell products that they have either created themselves or promote through affiliate links.

  • briefcase

    Sponsorships

    If you are very popular, a brand may want to sponsor you while you live stream to your followers. You will likely need to talk about them from time to time throughout your stream or add them to your title.

three people at the end of a creek

What You Can’t Stream on TikTok

There are a few things that you cannot (and should not) stream according to TikTok’s guidelines. These community guidelines not only cover live videos but general uploads as well. Do not stream the following:

  • gavel

    Violence or Terror

    Do not stream anything that is violent in nature. This includes violence on other humans, yourself, and upon animals. You must also avoid streaming any terror, both physical or emotional.

  • megaphone

    Hate Speech

    Do not use any slurs that target any group of people. This also includes rallying people against a community or just being hateful or discriminating in general.

  • scissors

    Homicide, SUicide, and Self Harm

    Do not stream yourself killing anyone, hurting yourself (such as cutting), or killing yourself. If you are depressed or suicidal and need help, please call the suicide hotline:

    • USA – 800-273-8255
    • UK – 116 123
    • Canada – 833-456-4566
    • Australia – 13 11 14
  • wallet

    Extortion, Kidnapping, Trafficking, or Blackmailing

    You shouldn’t be doing anything on this list anyway. Don’t stream yourself extorting, blackmailing, or kidnapping another human being or an animal. Trafficking includes human trafficking, animal trafficking, and organ trafficking.

  • calendar

    Underage Illegal Activity

    Don’t stream yourself doing something that you are too young to do in your region. Even if it is legal for older adults, you must avoid creating content around it.

  • beaker

    Preparing, Trafficing, or Using Drugs

    Do not stream yourself engaging in any illegal drug activity. It is also against ToS to do drugs on TikTok even if they are legal in your area.

  • dollar

    Cyberrcrimes, Fraud, and Money Laundering

    Do not stream yourself engaging in any sort of cybercrime, fraud, or money laundering.

Going like on TikTok is another great way to grow your community and interact with your followers. Many users enjoy the community aspect of it and are likely to support you both by watching and financially.

We hope this guide has helped you learn how to go live on TikTok and how to create content that will make your live streams successful.