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YouTube is Getting Rid of its Subscriber Limit for Live Streaming on Mobile [Update]

According to Android Police, Google has dropped the 1,000 subscriber limit on YouTubers who want to live stream from their mobile device. Before, you were required to have at least 1,000 subscribers in order to “Go Live” from your smartphone, but it now looks like you can have as many as zero subscribers and still broadcast from your device. Unfortunately, you still need a verified channel and no live stream restrictions brought up in the past 90 days in order to live stream, but this is at least a step in the right direction.

It’s worth noting that this change has yet to be confirmed by either YouTube or Google themselves. In the meantime, if your channel is verified and you haven’t even touched live streaming yet, however, visit the floating action button in the YouTube app and see if you can go live yet. If you can, let us know. I tried to broadcast live, but I don’t have a verified channel so I’ll probably never be able to.

Update: TechCrunch has released a report which states that this 1,000 subscriber requirement is only present for a small number of users. A YouTub spokesperson had the following to say which indicates the 1,000 requirement is still, indeed, in place for a majority of users.

“We’ve been experimenting and expanding mobile live streaming for almost a year now,” the spokesperson said. “However, it is still only available to a relatively small subset of users.”


Max Buondonno is a technology enthusiast who has been working as a journalist in this industry for more than two years. He has grown up in the age where everyone has a smartphone which has influenced his decision to become a professional technology writer, his passion in life. He's dipped his toes in the development of websites, while you can ask him anything about Apple, Google, or Microsoft and he's bound to give you an answer. He's reachable on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and email.

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