Switcher Studio's Facebook integration allows you to easily stream to your Timeline, a Page, or a Group. There are three core steps to going live:

  1. Linking your Facebook account to Switcher Studio

  2. Setting up the Facebook stream

  3. Starting the Facebook stream (aka going live)

This article provides options and step-by-step instructions for each step. Use the links in the list above to skip to a specific section.

Note: Streaming to a Facebook Event is not possible with the integration, but you can use Switcher Studio's Custom RTMP option to stream to an Event. Check out the Help Center article Streaming to a Facebook Event with Switcher Studio for step-by-step instructions.


Linking your Facebook Account to Switcher Studio

Permissions for a Facebook Page

In order to stream to a Facebook Page, your personal Facebook account must have Admin or Editor access to that Page. Anything other than an Admin or Editor role will not allow you to stream to the Page.

Permissions for a Facebook Group

In order to stream to a Facebook Group, you must be an Admin, and you need to add Switcher Studio as a streaming app for your Group. This is usually a one-time process and is different than linking your Facebook account.

  1. Navigate to your Group on Facebook. Remember that you must be an Admin of the group.

  2. Select Settings under the Admin Tools section of the sidebar.

  3. Scroll down to the Apps section and click the pencil icon.

  4. Search for "Switcher Studio".

  5. Select Switcher Studio.

  6. Confirm that you want to allow streaming to your Group from Switcher Studio's servers.

  7. Click Add.

  8. Close the final confirmation box


You can connect your Facebook account to Switcher Studio either directly through the Switcher iOS app or the Switcher Studio Dashboard. Some people prefer the Dashboard option because they can use a computer, and if they're already logged into Facebook, it makes the setup easier. Other people prefer the app, since it doesn't require a different device. The steps are very similar, and both options are outlined below.

Option 1: Linking your Facebook account in the Switcher Studio Dashboard

  • Click the Connect button next to Facebook.

  • Click the Connect Account button on the next page.

  • If you are already logged into Facebook, click Continue as <your name>. If you are not already logged into Facebook, enter your email and password.

  • Keep the visibility settings set to Public and click OK. Public visibility is required in order for Switcher Studio to post to your Timeline on Facebook. You can adjust the visibility settings on individual streams when you set them up.

Note: Please do not change the visibility settings during this process, or you may have issues with your videos not appearing correctly.

  • Click OK to give Switcher permission to post to your Pages and Groups. You can remove destinations by clicking Chose what you allow. Be very careful to ensure you do not remove a destination you may want to stream to in the future.

Once you have successfully linked your account, you will be returned to the Dashboard, where you will see your Facebook streaming destinations. When you are ready to stream to Facebook, you will need to use the Switcher Studio mobile app on an iOS device and follow the instructions outlined under Setting up the Facebook Stream.

Note: The Facebook linking authorization expires occasionally. If you receive an error message about a user token, or if you are prompted to relink your account, you can easily relink in the Dashboard or iOS app.

Option 2: Linking your Facebook account in the Switcher Studio App

If you would rather link your account using the mobile app instead of the online Dashboard, the process is slightly different:

  • Navigate to the Outputs tab on your main switcher device.

  • Tap the blue "+" icon in the upper-right corner of the Outputs tab.

  • Tap the Connect button next to Facebook.

  • Tap the Connect Account button on the next page.

  • Enter your Facebook login credentials. If you are already logged into Facebook on Safari, you will not need to enter a username and password.

  • If you are asked to select permissions, keep the visibility setting on Public and click OK. This is really important because if you change this setting to anything but Public, no one will be able to see any videos you stream with Switcher Studio. You can adjust the visibility settings for each individual video when you set up the stream.

  • Click OK on the next screen when asked about posting content.

  • You will receive a confirmation message when your account has been linked. Tap Continue.

  • If you are not going live immediately, tap Close. If you are going live immediately, start with the third bullet below.

Note: The Facebook linking authorization expires occasionally. If you receive an error message about a user token, or if you are prompted to relink your account, you can easily relink in the Dashboard or iOS app.


Setting up the Facebook Stream

Step 1: Select the Facebook Destination in Outputs

  • Open the Switcher Studio app on your main switcher device and go to the Outputs tab (box with arrow icon).

  • Tap the blue arrow next to Facebook.

  • Tap My Timeline, Page, or Group from the horizontal menu at the top.

  • As you tap through the menu, the available options will appear below.

  • Tap the destination (from My Timeline, Page, or Group) where you would like to stream.

  • The next screen is where you will set up the stream.

Step 2: Set up the stream settings

  • By default, the Scheduling dropdown will be set to Go live now. If you are scheduling a stream ahead of time, change it to Schedule for later.

  • Add a title and description for the stream.

  • Recommended: Tap the Speed Test button to test your internet speed and automatically select the optimal stream quality based on the results. Alternatively, you can manually select a stream quality by tapping an option.

Note: Keep in mind the quality of your production still depends on the strength and consistency of your network. If you are concerned about your upload speed or reliability of your network, we recommend selecting a lower stream quality to prevent broadcast issues. This article outlines the minimum upload speeds for each stream quality.

  • Scroll down to the bottom of the setup screen to view the remaining options and to save the setup.

My Timeline:

  • If you are streaming to your timeline, you'll have the option to select the audience. Tap Everyone, Friends, or Only Me, based on your visibility preference.

  • Optional: Tap the Comment Moderation toggle to enable moderation settings.

  • Tap Save when you are satisfied with the settings. Your stream will not actually begin until you start it, as outlined below.

Page:

  • Optional: Tap the Comment Moderation toggle to enable moderation settings.

  • Optional: Tap the Content Tags toggle and search related tags to make your video easier to find.

  • Optional: Tap the Crossposting toggle to enable and set up crossposting to another Facebook destination.

  • Tap Save when you are satisfied with the settings. Your stream will not actually begin until you start it, as outlined below.

Group:

  • Optional: Tap the Content Tags toggle and search related tags to make your video easier to find.

  • Tap Save when you are satisfied with the settings. Your stream will not actually begin until you start it, as outlined below.


Starting the Facebook Stream

After tapping Save, you’ll be taken back to the main Switcher Studio screen, with the Outputs tab visible.

  • Next to Facebook, you should see the name of the stream you just created.

  • Tap Facebook to select it at your streaming destination. Once selected, there will be a blue checkmark visible.

  • To go live, tap the big red button in the top right.

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