Stream to TikTok

Learn how to add your TikTok account to Restream.

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Easily set up your TikTok stream using Restream's powerful features.


How to connect to TikTok

  1. Open TikTok on your mobile app or desktop website to gather your credentials.

    1. Mobile:

      1. Click the plus sign at the bottom.

      2. Select the LIVE option.

      3. Select PC or console.

      4. Set up your stream's title & category, then select the Go LIVE button.

      5. Copy the Server URL and Stream Key.

    2. Desktop:

      1. Click Go LIVE on the left side of the screen to enter your LIVE Room.

      2. Set up your stream's category and title, then click Save and Go LIVE.

      3. Copy the Server URL and Stream Key.

  2. From your Restream home screen, click the Destinations button.

  3. Click Add Channels.

  4. Click TikTok.

  5. Enter your TikTok username.

  6. Paste the URL and stream key from the TikTok LIVE Room and click Add Channel.

  7. Your TikTok channel is set up - you just need to choose how you'll go live.

  8. Once TikTok detects the incoming stream, the feed will go live on your account.

  9. ​To finish your live smoothly, stop the stream on TikTok before ending it on Restream.


Requirements

  • Verify you are allowed to go live. You must be at least 16 years old and have at least 1,000 followers on TikTok. Even if you meet these requirements and are able to go live on TikTok directly, access to their RTMP streaming feature is not guaranteed.

  • The stream key is not permanent. You'll need to get a new one from TikTok and update your channel on Restream for each new stream.

  • For the most visually appealing stream, we recommend using Portrait Mode in Restream Studio, as it's the ideal format for mobile platforms like TikTok.

  • When using the TikTok app to start the stream, TikTok recommends not closing or swapping between apps as that may pause the broadcast and generate a new key.

  • TikTok has the following recommended stream settings:

    Video Guidelines

    • Resolution: 1080p (recommended) or at least 720p

    • FPS: 60 (recommended) or at least 30 for gaming and 24 for lifestyle

    • Video bitrate: around 2,500 Kbps, but depends on your bandwidth/resolution

    • Encoder: x264

    Audio Guidelines

    • Bitrate: 160 Kbps or 256 Kbps


FAQ

Why can't I find my RTMP credentials if I'm able to go live on the app directly?

TikTok currently provides limited users with access to their live-streaming feature for 3rd party software like Restream. Even if you have access to regular streaming on the mobile app, you might not have access to your account's RTMP details in order to stream via another service.

Access to this setup is entirely controlled by TikTok and is outside of Restream's control. If you meet their basic streaming requirements but lack access to the RTMP streaming ability, we encourage you to reach out to TikTok directly and fill out this application form.

What happens if I stream in landscape mode?

TikTok will automatically transcode your stream and add black margins at the top and bottom of your feed. That will make it appear centered without cutting off the edges.

Do I get stream recordings?

On paid plans, Restream will generate a stream recording for you under your storage. Recording limits vary per plan.

TikTok will also generate recordings. To access them, go to your profile on the mobile app and click the three horizontal lines in the top right corner. Select Creator tools and go to the LIVE tab. Scroll down and tap LIVE recordings. TikTok stores stream recordings for 30 days with options to download or repurpose them.

Is TikTok Live Studio the same as RTMP for streaming software like Restream?

TikTok Live Studio is TikTok’s desktop streaming app, available for Windows. It is a native app that simply allows TikTok users who have access to it to go live on a desktop instead of using the mobile app.

It does not provide RTMP credentials, so its users cannot connect it with third-party services like Restream.

Can I add TikTok to a scheduled stream?

Yes, but unlike other channels, you will need to set up your stream on TikTok and update the stream key on Restream shortly before the event goes live.

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