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How to Live Stream From Your Phone
Live streaming from your phone is easier than ever. We have a few tips to help you create a beautiful, memorable, and reliable stream from any device.
Today, anyone can be a live streamer. You can share your life in real-time with the world if you have your phone and the right app.
But how do you live stream from your phone?
Despite sounding technical and complicated, live streaming from your phone is an easy and inexpensive process for anyone to learn. The ability to reach new audiences and customers is an effective marketing strategy. Various apps and live streaming services make it simple to broadcast your live event from any smartphone.
In this post, we will fill you in on everything you need to know about how to live stream from your phone. First, let’s cover the basics of streaming from your smartphone before diving into the setup for mobile streaming.
How to Live Stream From Your Phone
Let’s take a look at a few important steps for live streaming from your phone.
Preparing for Your Live Stream
Even if you have some experience with live streaming, it can be hard to figure out what you need to get started.
Before we get into the different mobile apps, software, and equipment you typically need to broadcast a successful live event, it’s important to think about where your audience will watch your live stream. You’ve likely determined the audience you want to appeal to and what type of live streaming content to distribute to them, but where will they find your live video?
Choose a Mobile Streaming App
Next, you’ll need to choose a live streaming platform/app. There are a lot of different streaming apps out there, and it can be hard to decide which one is right for you. Each app has its own unique set of features, so it’s a good idea to choose the one that offers the functionality you need.
A web/mobile streaming app like Symposium, for example, includes features for monetization and live chat, so it’s perfect for content creators who want to make money from their streams and engage with their viewers in real-time.
The Symposium Web/App marketplace connects people through scheduled video chats, voice chats, and live pay-per-view broadcasts. A seller can set up a listing about their event by entering a brief description of their service, available times, and duration. These services fall into one of three categories:
- SymTalk — Scheduled 1-on-1 video chat session.
- Symcast — A broadcast-to-many, scheduled Live streaming event.
- SymGram — A personalized video message (similar to Cameo).
Best Apps for Mobile Streaming
By determining the best platform for your target demographic, you can ensure that they’ll have easy access to your video content.
To help you determine which video streaming platform is best for you, ask yourself:
- Do I have a website or an app that can host my stream and provide worldwide access to the internet?
- Would my audience prefer to watch videos exclusively on social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, etc.?
- Would it be better if my videos were accessible from a website like youtube?
Streaming has become increasingly popular with content creators — in fact, between April 2019 and April 2020, the online live streaming industry grew by 99% ( Daily eSports ).
Having a dedicated live streaming app is necessary if you are going to create professional broadcasts using a smartphone.
Here are some top apps for mobile live streaming in 2022:
- Wirecast Go
- Broadcast Me
- Larix Broadcaster
- Airmix Solo
- Youtube Live
- Facebook Live
- Instagram Live
- Instagram Live
Tips for Improving Mobile Streams
1. Choose The Right Lighting
You can make or break your video content with the lighting. The sun is the perfect lighting option, and it’s free! If you position your phone with the sun facing you, you will get an amazing lighting effect. Just be sure not to sit with your back to the light, or else you will be covered in shadows.
For more tips, see H&M’s guide to lighting for video streaming.
2. Set Up Your Best Shot and Angles
Once you’ve got your lighting right, you’ll need to determine your best shots and angles. You can use certain angels to convey a certain message or tone in your video.
For the perfect camera shot, here are a few tips:
Keep an arm’s length from the camera for a better perspective.
Your phone will take on a better perspective if you add some space between you and it. Keep an arm’s length from the camera. It’s better to be farther away than too close.
Maintain eye level for a balanced view.
Avoid angles that are too high or low for a balanced view.
Make your background more creative by including props and accessories.
Use your background to show who you are. You can enhance your setup with posters, prints, blankets, plants, and bookcases. Make sure not to let it distract your audience and take their attention away from what you want to say.
3. Stream Flawless Audio
If you want to amplify your voice when streaming, you have several options. A good option would be to use AirPods or other cordless Bluetooth earbuds that offer just enough volume during fitness classes or interviews without needing an external mic. Try to stream from a quiet location without much background noise, and stay as close to the device as possible to ensure that your voice is heard clearly.
4. Use a Secure Internet Connection
In order to live stream from your phone without any issues, your internet connection needs to be both fast and secure.
Tethered internet connections are the most reliable way to stream live video, but that’s not possible with a smartphone. Instead, you can connect to a private WiFi network. Private WiFi hotspots are a great alternative in public. Utilize your cellular data only as a last resort, as it is the least reliable option.
Start Live Streaming From Your Phone
Live Streaming from your phone is a great way to share your knowledge and expertise with the world. By following these tips, you can create a high-quality livestream that will engage and inform your audience. And if you’re looking for a way to make money sharing your skills and knowledge, Symposium provides the perfect platform. We hope you take advantage of this powerful medium and join us in building an online community that connects people around the globe through education and collaboration.