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YouTube announced some new features for its mobile apps, with one of the biggest being more livestream support. Now you can livestream content from apps on iOS that support ReplayKit, Apple’s screen-casting framework. YouTube Gaming has supported ReplayKit since June, but this update brings the support to the main app and lets users livestream content other than games.
To livestream a ReplayKit app, you’ll need to be running iOS 10.2 or later on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, and you need the latest version of the YouTube app. Your account also needs 100 subscribers, which is YouTube’s milestone that unlocks livestreaming for mobile creators. That number has been lowered over the past few months: in February the threshold was 10,000, in April it was lowered to 1,000, and recently it was lowered again to 100.
In a supported app, a “live” icon will appear on the screen while you’re gaming, creating, or otherwise using the app, and you can tap that to bring up your livestreaming options.
Choose the YouTube app from the list, give your livestream a title and a thumbnail image, and immediately you’ll start livestreaming.
The stream will show what’s happening in the app along with the feed from your front-facing camera, including sound from your device’s mic.
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