YouTube gets rid of pesky livestreaming subscriber requirement

YouTube is making it even easier for people to livestream from their mobile devices (as if we needed another way to share our lives in real time.)

Android Police reported on Wednesday that YouTube is making livestreaming accessible to all users by doing away with the "1,000 subscriber or more" requirement to utilize the feature. Now, users with a subscriber base of any size can use the livestreaming feature.

YouTube originally had a requirement of 10,000 subscribers for users to go live on a tablet or mobile device, which was pretty demanding for the ordinary user. Then, back in April, the platform relaxed the requirement to 1,000 to better cater to anyone who wasn’t a major brand or viral vlogger with a massive following.

As the platform now stands — without any subscriber requirements — users are permitted to go live with as little as zero subscribers, should they for some reason desire … but there’s a catch.

To gain access to the feature, users must have a verified channel and no livestream restrictions within the last 90 days.

To use YouTube’s livestreaming feature, simply head to the YouTube app and click on the red livestream icon in the bottom right corner. This will give you the option to either record normal video that can be saved or edited, or "Go Live" by streaming directly from the app.

While the update is an exciting step for YouTube users who want to reach their audience in real time, the platform is just now catching up to popular livestreaming options like Twitter’s Periscope or Facebook Live, which have been around for years. However, YouTube’s dedication to on-site video is clearly what the platform specializes in, so the demand for livestreaming was likely not as urgent.

Android Police reports that the feature may be rolling out to users gradually, but if you’re still not seeing the livestream feature on your app you should double check to ensure your account is verified.

Good luck, and happy livestreaming.