How to go live on TikTok

Georgina Smith
TikTok logo on two phones

The live streaming feature on TikTok allows users to connect to their followers, but how do you go live on TikTok? Here’s everything you need to know.

If you’ve spent any amount of time on TikTok, you have probably scrolled past and even watched a live stream or two when they crop up on your For You Page.

While it can be a chance for hugely popular creators to connect with thousands of followers at the same time, it is not only for big influencers. 

However, some requirements need to be met for a user to be able to go live on TikTok, relating to your age and follower count. Here’s everything you need to know.


Live stream access requirements:

To be eligible to livestream, your TikTok account must meet the following requirements:

  • Have at least 1,000 followers.
  • Be at least 18 years old.

If you’ve met these standards, access to be able to live stream should be available, and if you’ve only recently met the requirements then the option should appear soon.

How do you go live on TikTok?

Once you have met the requirements for being able to go live, the process of actually streaming is pretty simple. Just follow these steps:

  1. Launch TikTok, and press the plus button at the bottom center of your screen.
  2. Swipe left to ‘Live’ at the bottom navigation.
  3. Select an image and a title for your live video.
  4. Tap ‘Go Live’ to start the stream.

Once you are live, viewers will be able to talk to you via live chat, making communication much more instant. It also gives you an opportunity to delve into longer content, like storytimes and vlogs.

While not everyone can go live right off the bat, the threshold for being able to is still relatively low, and can serve as a great way to communicate with your followers.

If you want to learn more about how to use TikTok, you can check out our other guides here:

How to duet on TikTokHow to Stitch on TikTokHow to favorite videos on TikTokHow to find contacts on TikTok | How to use TikTok Stories 

About The Author

Georgina was formerly an entertainment writer for Dexerto. She covered all aspects of influencer culture on TikTok and more, including creators such as Charli D’Amelio and Addison Rae. She also wrote about hit reality shows such as Love Island and Below Deck.