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How to Stream on TikTok

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Many social media platforms have been introducing ways to livestream. Tiktok is the latest addition to phone-based live streaming, and with the platform’s size is uniquely positioned to produce creative content creators. TikTok Live has not been around for long and is only available to users that meet their requirements, let’s take a look at what those are.

Live-Stream Requirements for TikTok

To livestream on Tiktok you need to meet the following requirements:

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    Age

    In order to live-stream on TikTok, you will need to be at least 13 years old.

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    Followers

    Your TikTok account must be active and have at least 1,000 followers.

How to Go Live on TikTok

There are two ways of going live on TikTok. You can either directly go live from your mobile device, or TikTok provides some live streaming users a custom RTMP. This will allow you to use streaming software like OBS (Open Broadcast Software) and stream directly to TikTok.

Going Live on Your Phone

To go live on your phone, you will need to complete the following:

  1. Step 1

    Launch the TikTok app on your mobile device.

  2. Step 2

    At the bottom, in the middle, tap the + icon.

  3. Step 3

    Swipe to the right to change the medium, you’ll probably be defaulted on “15s,” you will want to swipe until you reach “LIVE.”

  4. Step 4

    At the top, where it says “Add a title” set a unique title, make it interesting to draw in potential users!

  5. Step 5

    On the right-hand side you can use the regular TikTok effects, such as enhancing the image.

  6. Step 6

    Once you’re happy with your title and quality, tap the Go LIVE button.

  7. Step 7

    TikTok will count down from 3, and launch your livestream!

Going Live Through RTMP

To go live through RTMP, you will need to complete the following:

  1. Step 1

    Launch the TikTok app on your mobile device.

  2. Step 2

    Tap the + at the bottom of the screen.

  3. Step 3

    Swipe right until you reach the “LIVE” medium.

  4. Step 4

    Set your title and filter effects.

  5. Step 5

    Under the go live button, tap “Cast to PC.”

  6. Step 6

    Tiktok will now show you a stream key, and server URL, note them down!

  7. Step 7

    Open up your broadcasting software of choice, on a PC or Mac, in this example we’ll assume it’s OBS.

  8. Step 8

    Navigate to settings, then click on stream.

  9. Step 9

    Set your service to “Custom”, enter the server URL into “Server” and enter your stream key.

  10. Step 10

    Click apply.

  11. Step 11

    Navigate from stream to video.

  12. Step 12

    In video set your “Canvas Resolution” to a 9:16 resolution. For example, 1080×1920, 720×1280.

  13. Step 13

    Click apply, then done.

  14. Step 14

    When you’re ready to go live, click “Start Streaming” on OBS. You’ll see your OBS screen appear on your TikTok app, now click Go Live on TikTok!

Can You Make Money Streaming on TikTok?

Tiktok allows users to send “Virtual Gifts” during live streams. Users purchase coins from TikTok, they’re able to send a variety of different virtual gifts at different prices. Here’s an example of their storefront.

Once you receive these virtual gifts, you can exchange them with TikTok for “Diamonds.” Each diamond is worth 5 cents, and once you have accumulated $100 worth of diamonds, you can cash out directly to PayPal in USD.

Tiktok retains 50% of earnings, in essence, if you earn $100 worth of diamonds, TikTok will retain $50. Since TikTok allows you to withdraw at any time, creators are limited to $1000 a day.

How to Funnel TikTok Viewers to Another Platform

Tiktok has many different mediums to notify your fanbase about other social media. Since TikTok has the potential for such explosive growth, it’s imperative that you let your follower base know you’re using other social media platforms and funnel them there. Here are a few methods:

Promoting Through TikTok Live

Tiktok has an in-built live streaming feature. If you reach 1,000 followers, your account is eligible to live-stream on the Tiktok platform. The best method for converting Tiktok Live viewers to Twitch or YouTube is to create a CTA stating that you will continue the live-stream on your preferred platform.

For example, you can host a Tiktok live stream for 30 minutes, discussing what you’re doing on your stream later on; and then direct your audience to your up-coming live-stream.

Promoting Through The Description

Another method is to make a CTA in the description(s) of your video. For example, the description could display “if you’d like to catch this content live, visit twitch.tv/example“. Users on Tiktok have been culturally accustomed to reading and interacting with descriptions.

Promoting Through Your Profile Page

The last method is, when you have enough followers engagement, Tiktok will allow you to paste a website link directly on your profile page. You can use this opportunity to link your live-streaming page.

If you’d like to learn how to grow on Tiktok, and then be able to funnel your audience into other social media, check out our guide on how to use TikTok to grow your Twitch stream.

Conclusion

Although there is a small barrier to entry, gaining 1,000 followers on Tiktok, with effective content can be done overnight. It’s worth taking the effort to grow your account, and leverage a fresh streaming platform, with little competition and 500 million users! Experiment with your Tik Tok live, check out what other users are doing and try to stand out from the crowd.

About the Author

Igi

Igi is a Content Strategist from England and makes streams on Twitch and YouTube. He's big into self-improvement and loves fitness! He excels at data analysis and experimenting with new ideas.

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