YouTube’s Go Live Together lets you co-host a live stream – but there’s a catch
YouTube is rolling out a brand new collaboration feature that allows two people to go live at the same time – called Go Live Together.
How it works is that a creator can invite another user to co-host a live stream. You can only host one guest at a time, but others can be rotated in and out during the same stream. It’s similar to how FaceTime calls work except for the ability to group.
Technically, Go Live Together first launched in early November 2022 when it was first revealed on YouTube’s own Creator Insider channel (opens in a new tab). Before that, it was only available to a handful of content creators, and on the surface, not much has changed since.
Note that the host channel must have at least 50 subscribers before they are allowed to use this feature. However, invitees are not restricted by this requirement. It can be anyone: big channel or small channel.
Make friends and start co-streaming 🤝🤩 Introducing Go Live Together, a new way to easily start co-streaming and invite guests, all from your phone! 📱creators need more than 50 subscribers to host a co-stream, but anyone can be a guest! more info here: https://t.co/g6PdxJY7ux pic.twitter.com/lmDDogXQ5tFebruary 2, 2023
Go Live Together is currently available on iOS and Android phones, so make sure to download the latest mobile version of YouTube if you want to try it out. Instructions on how to get a shared live stream are available on Google support page (opens in a new tab), but for a quick look, you must first tap the plus icon at the bottom of the YouTube app. “Go Live Together” will pop up in the bottom menu. Pick that one, invite your guests and you’re good to go.
The desktop version of Go Live Together is currently in development, but it is unknown when it will be released. Based on GroupYouTube on Twitter (opens in a new tab)They will update everyone as more information becomes available to share.
Other reports stated (opens in a new tab) Hosted channels can schedule YouTube co-streams on desktop, but that’s limited. Finally, you have to use the mobile app to actually go live. While you wait for Go Live Together to arrive on desktop, you can always try Google Meet. Last summer Google Meet Support has been extended to YouTube to host large-scale events on the platform.
If you’re interested in exploring the world of live streaming, now’s a good time to give it a go so you can get ready when YouTube expands Go Live Together – because honestly, the version for desktop seems to be a necessity. Be sure to check out TechRadar’s listings best free streaming software features like OBS Studio and Steamlabs on it.