If you’re just starting to explore TikTok and want to make a live video (unlike a regular recorded TikTok video), I’m afraid I’ll have some bad news for you.
You can’t – at least not yet.
Unlike Facebook / Instagram, which allows anyone to create a live video, TikTok only offers live videos available if you are 16 years of age or older and have more than 1,000 followers. However, once you are eligible, it is a relatively simple process.
But before we start making a live broadcast, here’s a quick tip on how to find it. Note that at this time, you only see live feeds from the people you follow, so if you’re really interested in live broadcasts, it’s best to make a bunch of people.
Find a live video
- Tap the Inbox icon at the bottom of the screen
- Find the entry that starts with “TikTok: LIVE now:”. If the current live feed occurs, you can see it here. Otherwise, if you tap an entry, you will see a list of previous live broadcasts.
Donate to your favorite creator
Live videos offer one of the few ways people can show their appreciation for their favorite TikTok staff in a practical way. TikTok calls it Live Gifting, and while the process is a bit confusing, it’s actually a way to toss a coin to TikToker (but only if you’re at least 18 years old).
- First you need to buy some virtual coins. Go to your profile page (by tapping the “Me” icon in the lower right corner).
- Tap the three rows in the upper right corner to go to Settings and Privacy.
- Choose “Balance”> “Download”.
- Select the number of coins to purchase. For example, you can buy 70 coins for 99 cents.
- Choose your payment method (via Google Payn, Apple Payn, credit card, etc.).
When you watch a live TikTok video and like what you see, you can tap the gift icon at the bottom of the screen to choose what kind of virtual gift you want to send. (This only works as a stream, not with stored content.) Each gift has a different value.
What does the creator get? Well, in addition to the good feelings of the virtual gift that jumped over the screen, the creator gets cold, hard cash – no matter how much is unclear. According to its description, TikTok takes your virtual gift and converts it into diamonds. The Creator can then exchange these diamonds for real money. How much? TikTok says, “We calculate the applicable monetary compensation based on several factors, including the number of diamonds collected by the user.”
Do you want to get involved? Well, if you are over 16 and have at least 1000 followers, you can start a live stream at TikTok as follows:
How to go about life
- Tap the plus sign at the bottom of the screen (the same thing you always do to start a new video).
- Below the save button, which usually only says “Camera” and “Templates,” you also have a new label that says “Live.” Tap it.
- You can now add a description and cover image to the top of the screen.
- Tap the big “Go Live” button.
And you are there!
According to TikTok, if you tap three points during a broadcast, you can change multiple visual settings and filter comments. (And since you’re live, you can also reply to comments during the post.) You can also add up to 20 moderators if things start to get busy.
How to check your diamond
To see how many gifts you’ve received during your live feed, just go to the same place where you buy virtual coins:
- Tap the three lines in the upper right corner to go to Settings and Privacy> Balance.
- Tap “LIVE Gifts” to see how many diamonds you have today, how many you have in total, and how much real cash you have in your balance. To withdraw cash, tap the Withdraw button at the bottom of the screen. Tap the icon in the upper right corner to see your earnings and withdrawals.
If you’re serious about your TikTok feeds, going live is a great way to interact with your fans and friends and encourage them to watch your recorded videos. And who knows? You may find a few virtual gifts to launch.