How to go live from your smartphone as a Facebook Live contributor

  1. Make sure you have the latest version of the Facebook app installed on your phone.
  2. Check to see if you have the orientation lock screen on on your iPhone. If you have it on, horizontal video will be vertical, which doesn’t make for a good viewing experience. Also, do not change phone verification at any time during the live broadcast or this will happen:

3. Announce that you’re going to be broadcasting on Facebook Live on your other social media accounts beforehand. (If you’re doing the Facebook Live from The News’ Facebook account, the digital desk has to know beforehand).

4. Make sure you’re in a place with a strong connection (whether from Wi-Fi or 4G) before broadcasting from Facebook Live. You’ll be unable to broadcast live if there isn’t a strong connection.

5. Open the Facebook app and go to the Facebook page you’re going to be broadcasting live from.

6. Click on the blue “Go live” button.

7. In the “Describe your live video” section, write a compelling description, tagging the proper Facebook pages and linking back to a story on our website where people can read/see more.

8. Click on the blue “Go live” button on the bottom right corner of your phone.

9. When you’re done going live, click on the blue “Post” button.

Other tips:

  • Do not broadcast live with low battery. And try to pack a portable battery with you. You don’t want the Facebook Live broadcast to cut out since your phone battery died.
  • Make sure you have audio figured out before you broadcast. If sound is super important to your broadcast, you’ll want to figure this out before you go live. Phones aren’t designed to pick up sound while far away (even five feet from the speaker is considered far away). We have a wireless stick mic set up that works pretty well if anyone is talking far away from the phone (see Qina to check out the equipment. Advance notice is appreciated to make sure we have batteries that are charged for it), but for the most part, you’ll want to make sure you’re as close to where the audio is coming from as possible.
  • Respond to commenters in the video by name and answer their questions to increase engagement. Tyler and Tim do a good job of that here.
  • If you’re broadcasting for a longer period of time, you may want to repeat where you are and what‘s going on. Remember, people may be tuning in at different times of the broadcast. This happened when we did a Q&A with Adam.
  • Longer broadcasts allow you to build more of an audience.
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