- To go live on Facebook, create a new post and tap “Live” or “Live Video.”
- You don’t need to be connected to Wi-Fi to go live on Facebook – you can use any internet connection, including cellular data, though using Wi-Fi may increase video quality.
- You can select who can view your Facebook Live video, and whether you want to publish it to your profile page after the recording is completed.
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Facebook Live lets you livestream video anytime and almost anywhere â€” from home, at work, on vacation, or while walking down the street.
It’s a way to talk directly to your friends, or to show something on Facebook in “real time” as it’s happening.
You can go live on Facebook from a mobile device or computer. While a Wi-Fi connection is recommended for the best video quality, it isn’t necessary â€” you can go “Live” on your phone with just a cellular connection.
How to go live on Facebook on a mobile device
1. Open your Facebook mobile app.
2. At the very top of your screen, in the new post field, tap “Live” (it’s next to a red camera icon). If you prefer, you can tap on “What’s on your mind” and then scroll down and tap “Live Video.”
2. If this is your first time, Facebook may ask for permission to use your camera and microphone. If so, grant permission.
3. Before starting the video, you should first select who you want your audience to be. At the top of the screen, tap the downward arrow to the right of “To:” and choose who can see your video â€” it can be everyone (Public), just your friends, specific groups you belong to, and more. Then tap the “X” to close this window. (If you want to test Facebook Live without letting anyone see you, you can choose “Only me.”)
4. Above the blue “Start Live Video” button, hit “Tap to add a description…” and enter a short description for your video.
5. When you are ready, tap “Start Live Video.”
6. After a moment, you should see a red indicator in the corner of the screen labelled “Live,” along with indications of anyone who is watching your video.
7. You can use the tools at the bottom of the screen while you are broadcasting. You can add filters to the video, flip to the front-facing camera and back again, and more. If you need additional light, the lightning bolt will brighten the screen, which will reflect off your face for a brighter video. You can also type comments while you broadcast as well.
8. When you are done, tap “Finish.”
After broadcasting, you can tap “Share” to post it to your Facebook page, where it will appear with all of your other content. Anyone with permission to view it can watch the complete video. If you don’t want to post it, tap “Delete” instead.
How to go live on Facebook on a computer
1. Go to Facebook in your web browser.
2. In the new post section at the top of the screen, click “Live” (it’s next to a red camera icon).
If you prefer, you can also click on “What’s on your mind,” and in the popup that appears, click the three dots in the bottom right corner. Then select “Live Video.”
4. If this is the first time you’ve tried going live from your computer, you may need to give Facebook permission to use your camera and microphone. Grant permission as needed.
5. You should now see yourself in a video window. In the panel on the left, enter a description of your video event, and choose your audience (such as Public, Friends, or a group you belong to).
6. When you’re ready, click “Go Live.”
7. When your video is done, click “End Live Video.”
8. The video will automatically be added to your timeline when you click “Done.” If you don’t want to publish it, click “Delete Video” instead.
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