Can Androids go live on Facebook? Yes. Streaming on Facebook using your Android device is the fastest and easiest way to go live. Plus, you don’t need fancy gadgets or a third-party software encoder. You just need the basic tools, such as the Facebook app, your trusty phone, and a stable internet connection, to start a live stream. Live streaming on mobile has never been this accessible.
Today, we’ll discuss how Facebook users can go live using the app on Android mobile devices.
How to go live on Facebook with Android
Here’s the step-by-step guide on how to use the Android Facebook Live feature.
- Download and install the official Facebook Android app.
- Open the Facebook app.
- Tap the “Live” button under the “What’s on your mind?” status field.
- Choose the camera (front or rear) you want to use.
- Add a description and location to your live stream.
- Tap “Tag friends” and add your FB friends you want to invite to join your live stream. Everyone you tagged will be notified once you go live.
- Tap the wand icon to add frames, filters, text, and other style elements to your live video.
- Your Live privacy setting is set to “Public” by default. If you want to change that and select who gets to see your live stream, tap the “Post” dropdown menu at the upper left of your screen.
- Tap “Start Live Video” to go live.
- Tap “Finish” when you’re done streaming.
When you do FB Live for Android, you get to broadcast live for a maximum of four hours. After your live stream, you can either delete the video or save and share the recording on your timeline.
How to watch Facebook Live on Android
Facebook has an abundance of live videos. From live games, webinars, music shows, and TV shows to live news, they’re all here. If you’re following a page or have been tagged in a live event, you’ll get notified once the host goes live. If not, you can manually search for a live stream on Facebook by following the steps below.
- Open your Facebook app.
- Tap the three bars at the upper left of your screen.
- Select “Videos on Watch” and tap the “Live” tab. This will open the live videos section of FB.
- Choose the video you want to watch. You can also use the search bar at the top if you’re looking for a specific video that’s currently streaming.
What’s New on Facebook?
One of the latest Facebook updates for Android live streaming is “Watch Together.” This feature lets you stream Facebook Watch videos with friends and family over Messenger video calls and Messenger Rooms. You don’t need to be in the same room, zip code, or country to enjoy watching a movie with someone. Live streamers can also use this to test out interactive screenings and viewing parties.
Essential Elements to Consider When Mobile Live Streaming
You don’t need a lot of fancy gadgets to live stream on your Android device, but there are essential components to consider, such as the following:
Lighting is an important part of going live. One of the benefits of live streaming on your Android device is mobility, so it’ll be easier for you to find a spot with enough natural light. But this could also be a downside because natural light is a little trickier to control. If you’re aiming for a more professional setup, you can invest in high-quality lighting equipment.
Mobile devices have a microphone integrated into them, so you don’t need to invest in an external one right off the bat. Unfortunately, most built-in microphones aren’t that great. Make sure to hold your phone or set it up as closely as possible to your face to ensure good enough voice audio quality.
Live streaming uses a lot of power—more than you think. Make sure that your phone is fully charged before going live. You can also plug it in a power source if you’re planning to live stream for an extended amount of time.
Mobile devices rely heavily on WiFi connection or mobile data. An unreliable connection won’t just ruin your live streams, it can also potentially cost you some of your followers. If you constantly get disconnected because of poor connection, your viewers will leave your live stream out of frustration—and probably never come back.
We suggest you do some test live streams to check your connection. Fortunately, Facebook lets you choose who gets to see your live stream, making it easier to do test streams.
Pros and Cons of Mobile Live Streaming
Although mobile live streaming makes going live fast and easy, it also has its positives and negatives.
- Dynamic. Mobile live streaming tends to be more informal. You don’t need an expensive setup or a team of video professionals to create high-quality live streams. This gives you the creative freedom to offer more fun, engaging, and dynamic videos to your audience.
- Cost-effective. Mobile live streaming makes it possible to create professional-looking videos without costing you an arm and a leg. This makes it a fantastic option for small businesses and brands on a tight budget.
- Accessible. Smartphones are readily available to anyone. They’ve become more affordable over the years, making them more accessible. Plus, most live streaming platforms let you go live on your mobile device, making it an ideal way to live stream for those who don’t have the budget to invest in expensive equipment.
- Easy setup. Mobile live streaming takes away the overwhelming technicalities of going live on your computer. You don’t need an encoder or other equipment to go live. You just need your phone or tablet.
- Video quality. Advancements in mobile technology have made smartphone cameras so much better. However, most of them still fall short in terms of quality. Some phones allow video recording in 4K resolutions, such as Google Pixel 3a and Samsung Galaxy Note 20, but they’re crazy expensive. Additionally, shooting in such a high resolution will use a lot of your phone’s resources, such as space and battery life.
- Internet connection. Mobile devices use mobile data or WiFi connections. Unfortunately, these aren’t the most reliable way to connect to the Internet. Make sure your Internet connection is fast enough to handle a live stream before going live.
- Interferences. If you forget to mute all notifications and turn on your phone’s Do Not Disturb mode, phone alerts and notifications can interfere with your live stream. Some alarms may even put a sudden stop to your live event, making you look amateurish and unprofessional.
Ready to live stream? Give Facebook mobile live streaming a try. It’s an excellent way to start your live streaming journey, especially if you’re working on a tight budget. The entry cost is low, but the engagement with the viewers is high.