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 the icon with your YouTube Channel to confirm your Channel.

The YouTube event creator window will appear, shown here:

Tap the toggle button for Scheduling to enable scheduling options.

  • Choose "schedule for later"

Tap on the date to change the day for your event

  • Tap on the time to change the time for your event

  • Enter a title for the stream under Title.

  • Optional: Add additional details under Event Description.

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

  • Select a privacy option below Event Privacy to select between Private, Public, and Unlisted. You can edit this setting before going live.

  • Select a quality option below Stream Quality. You can edit this setting before going live.

  • Tap SAVE to complete the creation of your event.

  • You will receive a confirmation message that the event was created.

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.

  • Tap the icon with your YouTube Channel to confirm your Channel.

  • Tap the toggle button for Existing Scheduled Post to edit a previously-scheduled event.

  • Use the dropdown underneath to select the correct event

  • Make any necessary changes

  • Tap SAVE.

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.

  • Tap the icon with your YouTube Channel to confirm your Channel.

  • Tap the toggle button for Existing Scheduled Post to select a previously-scheduled event.

  • Use the dropdown underneath to select the correct event

  • Tap SAVE.

  • 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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