If you want to go live on Twitter in 2021, you might find it a bit less straightforward than with other platforms. That’s because Twitter’s primary live streaming engine, Periscope, was discontinued as a separate service in March 2021. Now, you have to go live directly from your Twitter account.
To go live on Twitter, you have three options:
- Go live with Twitter’s Media Studio Producer. With Media Studio Producer, you can go live from a laptop or PC, but you need a third-party streaming solution such as OBS Studio or Restream Studio. Also, only certain Twitter users have access to their Media Studio. Those who don’t must use one of the following two options.
- Go live with Twitter’s mobile app. Any Twitter user who doesn’t have protected tweets can go live from the Twitter mobile app.
- Go live with a third-party streaming tool. If you don’t have access to Media Studio and prefer to stream on a laptop or PC, you can use 👉 Restream Studio to go live on Twitter.
🖥 How to go live on Twitter on desktop
Twitter’s Media Studio Producer does not have a native live streaming studio, so you will need a third-party solution to go live on Twitter on a desktop or laptop computer. You have to get your stream key from Twitter and plug it into your broadcasting software of choice. Here’s how to do it using the popular encoder OBS Studio:
- Log into your Twitter account.
- Click “More” on your home page, then click “Media Studio.”
- You’ll be taken to your library, where you can see all the media you’ve uploaded to Twitter.
- Click the “Producer” tab at the top.
- Click “Create Broadcast” in the top right corner to start a new live video.
- Give your broadcast a name and add a category.
- Under the “Source” pull-down menu, select “Create a New Source.” Give your source a name and select your region.
- Click “Create.”
- You’ll then see your RTMP URL and stream key. You’ll need this stream key to go live using a live streaming software, such as OBS Studio or Streamlabs OBS.
- Next, download and launch OBS Studio if you haven’t already.
- In OBS Studio, go to the “settings” in the bottom right corner of the screen.
- Select “streaming” from the drop-down list of services, then select “Twitter”
- Select your region under “server.” Keep in mind, the closer you are to the location geographically, the better your stream quality will be.
- In the “stream key” field, paste the Twitter stream key you copied earlier.
- After you’ve added your camera and mic as sources in OBS, you can click “start streaming,” and your live stream will be automatically broadcasted on Twitter.
📱 How to go live on Twitter via a mobile device
- Launch the Twitter app and go to the composer.
- Tap the camera icon.
- Tap “live” at the bottom.
- Tap the microphone in the top corner to do an audio-only broadcast.
- Write a description of your live video, which will appear as a tweet.
- Add a location if you want your viewers to know where you’re streaming from.
- Tap “go live.” Your live video will appear in your followers’ timelines and on your profile as a tweet.
🔥 How to go live on Twitter with Restream Studio
If you don’t want to download any streaming software, or if you don’t have access to Media Studio on Twitter (and you still want to go live from your computer), there’s another solution. You can connect your Twitter account to Restream, then go live directly from your browser with Restream Studio. Here’s how to set it up:
- Log into your Restream account, or create one for free.
- On your dashboard, click “Add channel.”
- From the channel screen, select “Twitter.”
- Click “Connect Twitter.”
- Authorize Restream to access your Twitter account.
- Your Twitter account is now connected to Restream!
- Go back to your Restream dashboard and add any other channels you’d like to multistream to (Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc.)
- When you’re done adding channels to your Restream, launch the Live Studio to start broadcasting directly from your web browser.
- In Restream Studio, enable access to your mic and/or camera, or share your screen. You can also add guests, play a local video from your computer, change the background, upload custom graphics, and more.
- Once your broadcast is set up, click “Go Live” on the top of the screen!