Everything you need to know to get started

Do you want to improve your social media presence and grow your following quickly and efficiently? Going live on TikTok — like most social media platforms — is one of the best ways to engage with your followers in real-time while ensuring your face or brand is circulating on the platform.

Going live on TikTok opens up a whole different side of social media: live streams are a more spontaneous way of creating content that static posts or videos can’t compete with. They allow your followers to ask you questions and hang out with you virtually. The raw content allows your followers to get to know you a little bit better and in turn gives you the opportunity to better understand your audience.

While going live on TikTok might seem a little intimidating at first, it’s worth considering if you want to connect with your followers on a deeper level. Here’s everything you need to know to go live on TikTok, no matter how many followers you have.

How to go live on TikTok

Going live on TikTok is relatively easy if you already have live streaming capabilities. All you have to do is click the Create icon (the plus sign) on the TikTok home screen and swipe all the way left to the Live button. From there, you’ll be prompted to choose a cover photo and title for your upcoming live stream.

Remember that the image and title are the first things your followers see, so you want to make sure it’s captivating enough to get people to click.

Once you’ve selected your image and caption and are ready to go live, you should click the “Go live” button. TikTok counts you down from three and you’re officially live. When you’re ready to end the live stream, all you have to do is click the “x” button in the top left corner of your screen.

How many followers on TikTok does it take to go live?

This is where things might get a bit tricky for some TikTok users: right now, TikTok doesn’t grant everyone live streaming privileges, and there are a few conditions you need to meet if you want to go live on the app. That being said, meeting the requirements isn’t too difficult if you’re a regular TikTok user working on building your following and engagement.

To go live on TikTok, you need to have at least 1,000 followers (more on that below). It’s also important to note that TikTok doesn’t allow most minors to live stream, period. TikTok users must be at least 16 years old to press the live button.

How to go live on TikTok without 1,000 followers

Technically, TikTok requires users to have at least 1,000 followers to start a live stream. But don’t let that discourage you. If the thought of working your way up to 1,000 followers on TikTok seems like a daunting task, there might be another workaround you can use to get around the rules (or so we’ve heard, at least).

You should note that this hack is not approved by TikTok – but it has been found to work for some users. The live streaming hack involves submitting a support ticket claiming that you previously had live streaming access and asking for it to be re-enabled on your account.

You can submit a support ticket by clicking the menu button in the top right corner of your screen. From there, you should click the Settings & Privacy button, scroll down and click Report a Problem. Click “I can’t start LIVE” and follow the prompts to fill out a report. After submitting the report, you’ll have to wait anywhere from a few minutes to a few days to find out whether or not you might get live streaming privileges.

If the hack doesn’t work, consider working on growing your fan base to organically earn live streaming privileges.