Switcher Studio's YouTube integration allows you to easily stream to your channel. There are four main steps to streaming to using the integration :

  1. Enabling Livestreaming on YouTube (one-time)

  2. Linking your YouTube account to Switcher Studio

    1. Option 1: Linking your YouTube account in the Switcher Studio Dashboard

    2. Option 2: Linking your YouTube account in the Switcher Studio Mobile App

  3. Setting up the livestream

  4. Starting the livestream broadcast

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


Understanding Subscriber Requirements

When using Switcher Studio to livestream on YouTube, there is no minimum subscriber requirement. Switcher Studio is an encoder that bypasses the 1,000 subscriber minimum that is required when using the mobile YouTube app.


Enabling Livestreaming on YouTube

Before going live on YouTube, either directly or with Switcher Studio, you must enable livestreaming on your YouTube account. This should be a one-time process.

Note: It can take up to 24 hours for YouTube to enable livestreaming.

  • Go to YouTube.com on a computer.

  • Click the camera icon in the top right.

  • Click Go live.

  • Click the Enable button to request livestreaming access.

  • If you haven't already, follow the prompts to verify your channel.

  • To verify your channel, you’ll be asked to enter a phone number. YouTube will send a verification code by text or voice call to that phone number.

  • Once verified, the livestreaming window will show a "Ready in 24 hours" message.


Linking your YouTube account to Switcher Studio

You can link your YouTube account to Switcher Studio either directly through the Switcher Studio iOS app or the Switcher Studio Dashboard. Many people prefer the Dashboard option because they can use a computer, and if they are already logged into YouTube, it makes the setup easier.

Note: The YouTube 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 1: Linking your YouTube account in the Switcher Studio Dashboard

  • Click/tap Platforms from the left menu in the Switcher Studio Dashboard.

  • Click the Connect button next to YouTube.

  • Click the Connect Account button on the next page.

  • Select the email address associated with your YouTube channel. If you are not already logged into YouTube with that email address, you will be promoted to enter your Google password.

  • Click Allow.

You should receive a confirmation message that your account has been linked. If you are streaming right away, click Continue to move on to the next step. Otherwise, you can exit out of the Dashboard.


Option 2: Linking your YouTube account in the Switcher Studio Mobile App

If you'd prefer to link your account using the Switcher Studio app, it's a slightly different process.

  • Go 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 YouTube.

  • Tap the Connect Account button.

  • Select the Google account tied to your YouTube channel.

    • If the account you want to use isn't shown, tap Use Another Account.

  • If prompted, enter the password for your Google account.

  • Tap Next.

  • Tap Allow.

You should see a message confirming that your account has been linked.


Setting up the Livestream

After you have enabled livestreaming on YouTube and linked your YouTube account to Switcher, you will always begin with this step.

Select the stream destination

  • 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 YouTube.

  • Tap the account you are using for the stream.

  • The next screen is where you will set up the stream, shown here:

Add the stream details and adjust the settings

  • Title: Tap the box to type in a title for the stream.

  • Event Description: Tap the box to type in a description of the stream.

  • Optional: Use the toggle to mark the stream as for Kids and/or to allow embedding.

  • Event Privacy: Tap the privacy setting you want to use for the stream.

  • Stream Quality: Tap the desired setting.

  • Tap Save.


Starting the Livestream Broadcast in Switcher Studio

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

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

  • Tap YouTube 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.


Important Information if Creating a Stream Directly on YouTube.com

We recommend using the instructions above to create the livestream and go live using Switcher Studio's YouTube integration. However, if you decide to create the stream directly on YouTube.com instead, and then use Switcher Studio to stream, there are a few key settings to change:

Enable Auto-start & Enable Auto-stop

  • If you schedule a stream on YouTube.com, you'll need to turn on the Enable Auto-start and Enable Auto-stop options.

  • If you are using Custom RTMP to stream to YouTube, you'll need to turn on the Enable Auto-start and Enable Auto-stop options.

Note: If these options are not enabled, your stream will not start/stop on YouTube unless you manually initiate/end it on YouTube.com.

You can find these options under Stream Settings, which you can access as follows:

  • Go to the Live Control Room for your YouTube channel.

  • Click the calendar icon in the left-hand menu to manage your streams.

  • Click the title of the stream you want to edit.

  • Click the toggles next to Enable Auto-start and Enable Auto-stop. When they are enabled, the buttons are blue and to the right, as shown below.

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