Facebook live feature has been released in 2016 and live videos gained traction right away. Live Facebook videos usually are more interesting compared to standard videos, simply because they are broadcasted live.
Audience is able to comment and the live video host is able to respond to comments and communicate in this current moment. This makes live videos gain more engagement and views in general.
One research done by Vimeo even concluded that 78% of total online audience is watching Facebook live videos on regular basis. This statistic proves that Facebook live videos are very popular and you should be going live on Facebook too!
In this article I am going to explain how to go live on Facebook and what are the best practices of doing so.
Let’s get started!
Facebook live lets you stream videos from your home, work or any other place. You can go live on Facebook using your smartphone’s camera or computer’s webcam. You just need to have access to the internet. It is a great way to show your audience what is happening around you at the exact moment.
You need to follow different steps in order to go live on Facebook depending on what device you are using, whether it is a desktop computer/laptop or your smartphone.
How to go live on Facebook using smartphone?
These steps are applicable to both iPhone and Android mobile devices. Follow the steps below to go live on Facebook using your smartphone device:
- Open up Facebook app and login to your Facebook account if you haven’t already;
- Go to the new post page, tap on “What’s on your mind?” and select “Live Video” next to red camera icon;
- If you tap on downward arrow icon, you will be able to select the people who will be able to see your live video, you can choose from Public, Friends, Friends (except someone) and Only me;
- After this, you will be able to add a short description to your live video;
- If you are ready to go live, just tap on “Start Live Video”. Done!
Now you should see red indicator at the corner of your screen notifying that you are live. While broadcasting live, you will still be able to add filters to your video, make video brighter, change from front to back camera, add comments and so on.
After you are done recording your live video, just tap on “Finish”. This will end your video and you will be able to share it on page or just delete it.
How to go live on Facebook using computer?
These steps are applicable to all Windows, Linux operating system computers and iMacs. Follow the steps below to go live on Facebook using your desktop computer or laptop.
- Go to Facebook using your internet browser and login to your Facebook account if you haven’t already;
- Locate the Create post section at the top of the main Facebook page and click on 3-dot button at the right;
- In the appear pop-up window, select “Live Video” option. If you are asked, then grant Facebook the permission to access your webcam and microphone;
- Select where you would like to share you live video (e.g. Your Timeline). Write a short description of your live video and choose who will be able to view your video (Public, Friends, Friends (except someone) and Only me);
- When you are done setting up and ready to go, just click on “Go Live”.
When you are done recording your live Facebook video, just click on “End Live Video” and you will be able to share it elsewhere or completely delete it. Done!
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What you should be cautious of while broadcasting live on Facebook?
It is important to notice that live videos on Facebook are limited to 4 hours. After 4 hours, live video will end automatically without any warning. That’s why you need to be cautious and inform your audience you think that your live video will take longer than 4 hours.
Another thing to notice is that spammers are more active on live videos. They see that their comments are seen live on video and that’s why they are more intrigued to leave spammy comments.
Also, you need to keep in mind your privacy. While broadcasting live video, burglars may know that you are not at home. Or, by broadcasting live, someone may know your exact location at the exact time. This may be dangerous if someone wants to harm you.
I hope that this guide was helpful and now you will know how to go live on Facebook.
If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate leave a comment below!