Scheduling a Facebook Stream

Scheduling a stream is very similar to setting up a regular livestream, but instead of going live immediately, you will set a specific start time in the future. This is a great feature for planned streams where you want to increase the viewership and access by promoting the event ahead of time.

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Scheduled Facebook Stream Overview

  • A Facebook livestream can be scheduled up to seven days prior to the start time.

  • Scheduling the stream allows you to share the link before going live.

  • The livestream does not begin broadcasting until the scheduled time.

  • The start time must be more than ten minutes from when you are scheduling the stream.

Scheduling A Facebook Stream Using The Switcher Studio App

  • Open the Switcher Studio app on your main switching device.
  • Go to the Outputs tab (box with arrow icon).
  • Tap the blue arrow next to Livestreaming.
  • Tap on the orange "Create A New Livestream" button.
  • Tap on the Facebook icon, and choose whether the stream should go to your Timeline, a Page that you Admin, or a private test stream (on your personal timeline).
  • You'll be taken back to the Livestreaming window. Tap on any other destinations (if you plan to Multistream), and then tap the orange "Continue" button at the top-right of the window when you're finished selecting your destination(s).

  • Tap on the dropdown menu beneath Scheduling and choose "Schedule For Later"
  • Add a cover image via the "Scheduled Post Cover Image" box

  • Add a Title and a Description for your stream
  • Tap the orange Speed Test button to select the best stream quality for your current networking environment

Note: If you do not see the Page that you want to stream to, it is likely you did not allow Switcher Studio full permission when linking your Facebook account. Check out this article for step-by-step instructions on relinking your account and resetting your permissions: Facebook Visibility & Permissions Issues

Starting a Scheduled Facebook Stream

When you log into the Switcher Studio app, you should see the name of your scheduled stream in the Outputs tab next to Facebook.

To go live for a scheduled stream:

  • Go to the Outputs tab on the main switcher device.

  • Next to Livestreaming, you should see the scheduled stream.

    • If there is not a blue checkmark next to Facebook, tap it to select it.

  • Once you see the blue checkmark next to Facebook, you can tap the record button in the top right corner to begin streaming.

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