YouTube is introducing a brand new collaboration feature that allows two people to go live at the same time – aptly named Go Live Together.
The way it works is that one creator can invite another user to co-host a live stream. You can only host one guest at a time, but other guests can appear and disappear during the same live stream. This is similar to how a FaceTime call works without group capabilities.
Technically, Go Live Together first launched in early November 2022 when it was first revealed Creator Insider’s own YouTube channel (opens in a new tab). Back then, it was only available to a handful of content creators, and it looks like not much has changed since then.
The little catch is that the host channel must have at least 50 subscribers before it can use this feature. However, the invitee is not limited by this requirement. It can be anyone: large or small channels.
grab a friend and start co-streaming 🤝🤩 Introducing Go Live Together, a new way to easily start co-streaming and invite a guest, all from your phone! 📱 Creators need 50+ subscribers to co-stream, but anyone can be a guest! more info here: pic.twitter.com/lmDDogXQ5tFebruary 2, 2023
Go Live Together is now available for iOS and Android phones, so if you want to try it out, download the latest version of YouTube on mobile. Instructions on how to get a shared live stream are available on the site Google’s help page (opens in a new tab)but for a quick overview, you must first tap the plus symbol at the bottom of the YouTube app. “Go Live Together” will appear in the bottom menu. Choose it, invite your guest and you’re done.
A computer version of Go Live Together is currently in development, but it is not known when it will be launched. According to TeamYouTube on Twitter (opens in a new tab)will keep everyone updated as there is more to share.
Other reports state (opens in a new tab) the host channel can schedule a co-stream via YouTube on your computer, but that’s about it. Ultimately, you need to use the mobile app to actually have a live stream. In the meantime, until Go Live Together comes to your PC, you can always try Google Meet. Last summer Google Meet support has been extended to YouTube for large-scale events on the platform.
If you’re looking to dive into the world of live streaming, now’s a good time to give it a try so you can prepare yourself for the YouTube Go Live Together expansion – because, let’s be honest, a desktop version seems imminent. Be sure to check out the TechRadar list best free streaming software with companies such as OBS Studio and Steamlabs.