Scheduling a livestream allows you to better promote it, and your subscribers can get reminders for the stream. You can schedule a stream directly in Switcher Studio, using the YouTube integration.

Prior to setting up a scheduled stream, you'll need to be sure you've enabled livestreaming on YouTube and that you've linked your YouTube account to Switcher. If you haven't, follow these links for step-by-step instructions:

Scheduling a YouTube Stream in Switcher Studio

You can set up a scheduled stream in the Switcher Studio Dashboard or directly in the iOS app. These instructions are for the app, but the instructions for the Dashboard are similar.

  • 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 Create Event.

The YouTube event creator window will appear, shown here:

  • Enter a title for the stream under Event title.
  • Optional: Add additional details under Event description.
  • Optional: Use the toggles to mark the stream as for Kids and/or to allow embedding.
  • Tap tap the toggle button for Scheduling to enable scheduling options.
  • A new option will appear called Scheduled start time.
  • Tap the box below the option, which will make a calendar appear.
  • Use the arrows at the top of the calendar to change the month.
  • Tap the date of your livestream.
  • Tap the clock at the bottom of the calendar to set the start time.
  • Use the arrows to set the start hour and minute.
  • Tap the circle highlighting AM or PM to switch between the two.
  • Once you've selected the date and time, tap back onto the YouTube event creator to continue setting up the stream.
  • Tap the dropdown below Event privacy, to select between Private, Public, and Unlisted. You can edit this setting before going live.
  • Tap the dropdown below Select stream quality and tap the desired setting. You can edit this setting before going live.
  • Tap Create Live Event.
  • You will receive a confirmation message that the event was created.
  • On the main YouTube screen, you should see the title of the scheduled stream you created with the scheduled date.

Editing Settings of the Scheduled Stream

Before going live, you can edit several of the settings of the stream, as follows:

  • 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.

The event creator for the scheduled stream will appear, shown below:

  • Make changes as needed.
  • Tap Save Changes.
  • You will receive a confirmation message that says Event Updated.
  • Tap Close.

Starting the Livestream Broadcast in Switcher Studio

When you're ready to go live at the scheduled time, you can go live from Switcher Studio as follows:

  • 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 in the list under Outputs.
  • You will see a list of your scheduled streams.
  • If the correct stream does not have a checkmark next to it, tap the box next to the correct stream name.
  • You will be taken back to the main Outputs tab.
  • You should see the name of your scheduled stream next to YouTube. There should also 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 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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