Though lacking the immense number of functionalities and customization that desktop broadcasting offers, live streaming from your mobile device has its own set of perks. You can stream anywhere as long as you have access to a stable internet connection—be it mobile data or WiFi. Mobile streaming is also convenient and less costly because everything you need to go live is in your hand-held.

In this step-by-step guide, we’ll teach you how to live stream from iPad to YouTube using three methods.

How to Stream Live on YouTube from iPad

Before anything else, you must enable your YouTube account’s live streaming privileges. Here’s how you do it.

  1. Log into your YouTube account through a browser.
  2. On your homepage, click on the camera icon on the upper right then select “Go live”.
  3. You will get a notification saying you have to verify your account through a phone number.
  4. Agree to the terms and conditions.
  5. After the initial verification process, you’ll be informed that you have to wait for 24 hours before you can go live.
  6. Wait for a day and then check if you can get into YouTube Studio when you click “Go live”. If you can access YouTube’s broadcasting backend, then your account is eligible to live stream.

Live Streaming Your iPad Using the YouTube Mobile App

Live-streaming directly from the YouTube mobile app is straightforward. However, your channel must have at least 50 subscribers. Otherwise, you can’t broadcast through the app regardless of your account’s verification status.

With 50 subs, you can live stream at a very limited capacity. Your streams won’t be well-promoted on the platform and most monetization features are disabled. You must also be in good standing with YouTube’s community guidelines and not have any copyright issues within the last 90 days.

If you have at least 1000 subscribers, most of these restrictions will be lifted but it may take some time to take effect.

If you’ve reached the subscriber number milestones, just follow the steps below.

  1. Download and install the YouTube mobile app from the Apple App Store.
  2. Run the app and log in.
  3. Hit the create button at the bottom center of the main dashboard. It’s the large encircled plus (+) icon. Then select “Go live”.
    • Grant the app access to your device’s cameras and microphone.
    • By default, the app will use the iPad’s front camera. Switch cameras by tapping the camera icon in the upper right corner.
  4. Set your stream’s title, visibility, and age restriction.
  5. To live stream your iPad screen, tap the share screen icon in the top right corner.
    • You’ll have the option to set the game’s title if you’re streaming a game.
  6. Hit the large “Next” button at the very bottom of the screen.
    • If you’re screen-sharing, you can enable or disable your facecam and microphone by tapping the camera and mic icons on the top part of your screen. You can also do this mid-broadcast.
  7. Set a thumbnail using an existing file on your device or let the app take a fresh photo of you.
  8. Set your screen orientation (portrait or landscape).
  9. When you’re ready, tap “Go live”.
  10. Tap “Finish” to end your broadcast.
  11. Schedule a broadcast by hitting “More options” on the live stream editor screen. Then enable “Schedule for later”. Set the date and time.
    • You can edit and set a thumbnail for scheduled streams as well as the screen orientation ahead of time.
  12. To initiate a scheduled live stream, tap the create icon on the main screen of the YouTube app then “Go live”. Hit the calendar icon on the top left corner. Select your live stream then “Go live”.

Streaming Live Using YouTube Mobile App with Less Than 50 Subs

The subscriber count wall that YouTube put up can be frustrating for budding content creators who want to use mobile streaming to grow their channel. But, of course, the internet provides. You can bypass this policy by way of third-party streaming apps.

There are loads of apps that will do this for you. But for this tutorial, we’ll use the Streamlabs mobile application. Let’s get started.

  1. Download and install the Streamlabs live streaming app from the Apple App Store.
  2. Run the app and choose YouTube. Log in using your YouTube account details.
  3. Choose to either stream yourself using the iPad’s cameras and mic or stream your device’s screen via screen-sharing.
  4. Allow Streamlabs to use your cameras and microphone.
  5. Tap “START NOW”.
  6. You’ll be sent to the app’s main dashboard. Tap the hamburger menu (three horizontal lines icon) and go to “Streaming settings”.
  7. Go to “Audio settings”. Select “Camcorder” for the best sound quality.
  8. Tap back and go into “Video settings”. Set the output resolution and frame rate. The recommended minimum upload speeds for different resolutions are:

○ 720p/30fps -3 Mbps

○ 720p/60fps - 4.5 Mbps

○ 1080p/30fps - 5 Mbps

○ 1080p/60fps - 6 Mbps

Of course, the issues of upload speeds won’t be as big of a concern if you’re on Wi-Fi. You also won’t have to worry about mobile data consumption.

  1. You’re good to go if you’re just streaming yourself. Just go back to the main screen and hit “GO LIVE” to start your iPad live stream on YouTube.
    • Switch between cameras and toggle your mic and chat on or off from the icons at the bottom of your screen.
  2. If you’re streaming your screen, you have a lot more customization options. Go to the settings main menu and hit “Advanced settings”.
  3. Select preset aesthetic styles from “Themes”.
  4. Hit back and select “Editor” to customize your scene layout.
  5. Tap the layers icon to see which ones are currently active and visible. Position layers by dragging them around. Resize them by dragging the corners. Lock their position and size by tapping the two icons in the middle of the layer box.
    • Currently, there’s no cropping option on Streamlabs mobile.
    • The editor is fixed in landscape mode.
  6. Add more layers by tapping the layers icon to bring up the sidebar. Hit the plus (+) icon to bring up the list of other layer types. Arrange the order of the layers according to how you want them to appear on your broadcast by dragging the hamburger icon for the appropriate layer up and down on the layers sidebar.
    • You can also add “Widgets” layers for other customized elements that you may want in your live stream.
  7. Show or hide layers by tapping the three dots on the layer you’re editing.
  8. Once you’ve finished your layout, tab out of Streamlabs and run the app or game you want to stream on your iPad.
  9. When you’re ready, go back to Streamlabs’ main screen and tap “GO LIVE”.
  10. Select YouTube from the platforms list.
  11. Give your live stream a title and description.
  12. Tap “GO LIVE”.
  13. In a few seconds, you’ll be live on YouTube.
  14. To stop streaming, go to the Streamlabs app and tap “STOP”.

We should say that this is not a 100% hitch-free method. Every once in a while, Google will apply measures that block third-party apps from bypassing the subscriber count requirement. But app developers almost always release updates to catch up with the YouTube mobile app. If you find that Streamlabs no longer works, give it a little time and check back in after a few days.

How To Live Stream Your iPad From Your Desktop Computer

You can live stream to YouTube from your desktop PC or Mac even if you have zero subscribers as long as your account is verified. It’s a bit more complex of a setup. Plus, if you’re using a PC, you’ll need a few things from the store but it’s going to be worth it.

To do this, you’ll need the help of streaming software or an encoder. We’ll use OBS Studio because it’s free and backed up by a very active online community.

Here are the hardware you’ll need if you’re using a Windows computer:

  • A Lightning-to-HDMI adapter, preferably with a supplementary power supply port so your iPad gets powered up consistently while in use.
  • A capture card
    • We recommend investing in a dependable capture card, like the Elgato HD60 S.
  • A USB cable that’s compatible with your capture card.
  • A good-quality HDMI cable

Let’s jump right in.

  1. Download and install OBS Studio.
  2. Grant OBS administrator privileges.
  3. Run OBS.
  4. In the Auto-Configuration Wizard, check “Optimize for streaming, recording is secondary”, then click “Next”.
  5. In the “Video Settings”, select 1920 x 1080 as your base resolution. Select “Either 60 or 30, but 60 is preferable for “FPS”. Click “Next”.
  6. Select YouTube. Link OBS to your YouTube account.
    • OBS will remember your YouTube stream key and you’ll also have access to a few streaming tools that you can manipulate right on OBS.
  7. Check “Prefer hardware encoding”. OBS will use your dedicated GPU (Nvidia, AMD) as the encoder instead of your CPU. This will lighten the load on your CPU and ensure a smoother operation.
  8. Check “Estimate bitrate with bandwidth test”, then click “Next”.
  9. OBS will show a summary of the recommended settings. Click “Apply Settings”. You’ll be brought to OBS’s main dashboard with a few YouTube streaming “docks” or tools already visible.
    • Docks put major YouTube functionalities, such as chat and stream statistics right in OBS. They’re convenient and help keep your live stream more efficient.
  10. To set up OBS manually, cancel the setup wizard to immediately go to the app’s main console. Then go to settings from the lower-right corner of the screen.
  11. Go to “Output” and select “Advanced” under “Output Mode”.
    • On the “Streaming” tab, select your dedicated GPU (Nvidia, AMD) for the encoder.
    • Set the bitrate from 4500 to 9000 for 108060. Your internet connection must sustain an upload speed of 11 Mbps if you’re maxing out the bitrate.
    • Hit “Apply”.
  12. Go to “Audio”. Select your microphone from the “Mic/Auxiliary Audio” dropdown menu. Click “Apply”.
  13. On a browser, log in to your YouTube account and click the create icon in the upper right corner of the homepage. It’s the camera icon. Click “Go live” to go into YouTube Studio.
  14. Select “Stream” from the left sidebar. You’ll find your stream key there. Copy it.
  15. Back to OBS’s settings, go to “Stream” and select “YouTube - RTMPS” from “Service”. Then paste the stream key. Click “Apply” then “OK”.
    • OBS will not remember your stream key using this manual method.
    • You also won’t have access to YouTube docks on OBS.
  16. You can now start composing your scenes and adding audio and video sources. On the Scene box, in the lower-left corner, rename the pre-loaded scene to whatever you like. This will be your main iPad screen scene. Do this by selecting and then right-clicking on the scene then “rename”.
  17. If you’re on Mac, simply connect your iPad to your computer using the data cable.
  18. On the “Sources” box, click the plus (+) sign then select “Video Capture Device”. OBS should detect your iPad and it should show up on the “Device” list on the “Properties” window. Select your iPad as a source then hit “OK”. Your device’s screen should now be visible on OBS’s preview box.
    • Resize this layer by clicking and dragging the red border.
    • Crop it by holding down the ‘alt’ key as you drag.
    • Position it by dragging the entire thing to wherever you like.
  19. If you’re on PC, connect the adapter to your iPad. Supply power to your gadget by plugging the adapter into a charger.
  20. Connect the adapter to the capture card using an HDMI cable, then the capture card to your computer through a USB cable.
  21. Install the necessary driver for your capture card. Make sure you have the latest driver.
  22. Add your iPad as a video source the same way you did with a Mac computer. The only difference is that your capture card’s name will be on the list instead of the iPad itself.
  23. One of the good things about streaming from a proper computer is you can use a dedicated webcam that you can position any way you want.
    • Connect your camera to your computer. Add another source for your iPad scene. Select “Video Capture Device”. From the “Device” dropdown, select your webcam.
    • On the “Sources” panel, drag “Video Capture Device” up so that it comes before your iPad’s screen on the list. Alternatively, highlight your webcam then click the up or down arrow at the bottom of the sources panel. Do this so your facecam will stay over your iPad’s screen feed.
    • Position and crop your facecam the same way you did your device’s capture.
    • You can have more than one camera on OBS.
  24. Add a placeholder or intermission scene by creating a new scene and using whatever display source you want.
    • Your intermission scene may be your facecam on fullscreen or other various media.
  25. Audio from all inputs should appear on the “Audio Mixer” panel, which is where you control each audio output’s volume levels, next to “Sources”.
    • Disable your OS’s system sounds to not get distracting audio alerts while you stream.
    • If you have a standalone microphone, it should also appear on the mixer box. Mute your camera’s built-in microphone from either OBS’s audio mixer or your operating system’s sound controls.
  26. Once your video and audio sources are sorted on OBS, prepare whatever it is you want to broadcast on your iPad.
  27. Click “Start Streaming” on OBS’s control panel.
    • If you’ve linked your YouTube account to the streaming software, OBS will bring up a window that will allow you to create a new stream or start a scheduled stream. Type in your stream details (title, description, etc.)
    • If you opted not to connect accounts, go back to YouTube studio on a browser and edit your stream details there.
    • On both methods, you’ll have to be on YouTube Studio to launch your stream on the platform. Once YouTube starts receiving the feed from OBS and you’re ready to stream, click “Go live”. You’re now live streaming from your iPad through your computer.
  28. Click “Start Recording” on OBS if you want a copy of your live stream saved on your computer.
  29. Click “End Stream” on YouTube when you’re done. Do this as well on OBS.

A Word of Caution When Broadcasting Your iPad Screen

One of the first things that the Streamlabs app will tell you when you’re screen-sharing is to be careful because the app doesn’t filter out private stuff when live streaming for iPad or any mobile device. And we think it’s worth reiterating again and again.

Be vigilant. For many of us, our mobile devices have become a tight extension of our private lives. They often contain things, such as documents and contact details, that are just for our eyes or the eyes of a select few. It’s easy to lose sight of keeping private things on your device private when you’re multitasking.

If you’re using OBS, you have tools, like having a placeholder, when you want to block people from seeing your screen. If you’re streaming from your device directly, it’s not that easy. It’s best to be prepared beforehand. Close running applications not relevant to your stream. Hide the icons of apps you don’t want to accidentally open mid-broadcast.

Your privacy comes first. Remember that you’re sharing a lot with viewers who are, by and large, strangers.