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Enable live streaming on YouTube

Learn how to activate live streaming for your YouTube channel.

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Written by Elisavet
Updated over a week ago

YouTube requires you to verify your phone number before going live.
After verifying, wait 24 hours to start streaming.

How to verify your phone number

  1. Go to YouTube, click your icon in the top right corner, and select YouTube Studio.

  2. Click Settings in the bottom left corner and navigate to the Channel option.

  3. Select the tab Feature eligibility and expand Intermediate features.

  4. Then, click Verify phone number.

  5. Choose a verification method and your country from the available options.

  6. Fill in your phone number and click Get Code.

  7. Enter the 6-digit verification code you'll receive and click Submit.

  8. Your phone number should now be verified.

How to activate the 24-hour countdown

  1. From your YouTube channel's homepage, click Create and select Go Live.

  2. This action will trigger a countdown timer. YouTube will ask you to wait 24 hours to host your first stream.

  3. Once the waiting period is over, the restriction will be lifted.

  4. On your Restream home screen, you'll see a message next to your YouTube channel saying you can go live with Restream after 24 hours are up.


  • There is no way to bypass this process - you'll need to verify your phone number and wait 24 hours before you can do your first stream on a new YouTube channel.

  • You can find YouTube's recommended stream settings here.


Will my channel be automatically enabled after the 24 hours pass?

Yes. Once YouTube has unlocked live streaming, you'll have no issues going live from Restream.

Why am I seeing this message if my channel isn't new and already has access?

Make sure you're choosing the correct Gmail account connected to your YouTube channel. If you have multiple, you may be selecting the wrong one and adding a new channel instead of your established one.

Try connecting YouTube again through an incognito window in your browser to avoid connecting to the wrong account.

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