How TikTok Live Works, Steps and Requirements

Carlos Bravo
14 September, 2021

TikTok Live, or streams on TikTok, have become a trend. This type of live content is something people are using more and more. 

It allows you to connect in real time with your followers, as well as to make money from it.

So, if you want to go live on TikTok, take notes of the requirements and what you need to do your first TikTok live.

Requirements for TikTok Live

Have 1,000 followers.

If you have reached 1,000 followers, then you can go live on TikTok. If you don’t have that many followers, or the button is not available, then you’re left with just Camera or MV.

Must be over 16

The minimum age to have a TikTok account is 13, but to go live, you must be over 16. However, you must be 18 if you’re going to be receiving donations.

How to Go Live on TikTok

If you have decided to add livestreams to your content strategy on TikTok, follow these steps.

1. Open TikTok and click ‘+’

From here, the process is the same for recording a TikTok or for uploading a video you have recorded earlier.

2. Choose ‘Live’ 

Among the recording options on TikTok, below the red button to start recording, you have the option for ‘Camera’, ‘Templates’ and finally ‘Live’, which is what we want. 

Click on the last option.

3. Add a title to your livestream

Before you start streaming, you can add a title. You don’t have to, but it will be a nice catch to attract your followers and other users on the platform attention.

Decide on a title. A maximum of 32 characters is allowed.

4. Choose a theme and a location for donations

Choosing a theme for your streams is useful for users that are watching your stream so that they know what it is about. Choose between top TikTok categories such as fitness, music, dancing, etc.

In the donation section, you can choose one of the default associations on TikTok, so that users can donate to an organization.

5. Click on ‘Go Live’ 

When you have everything ready, click on ‘Go Live’. TikTok shows a countdown behind the screen before you start.

Ready?!

Streams are saved on the platform for 90 days, while TikTok checks if you have broken any of their content rules. Find your content in ‘Settings and Privacy > Live Replay’. From this section, you can download your stream or delete it. 

If you don’t take any action, the video will be deleted after 90 days.

Can I make money from TikTok streams?

Yes, you can! You can make money on TikTok Live, but you need to meet some requirements.

➡️ Must be a registered account.

➡️ Must be 18 or over.

How does it work?


People following your streams can buy coins from the social media site through different payment methods approved by TikTok.

Once they have bought these coins, your followers can send you a virtual gift in the form of Diamonds, that you will receive during your stream. Diamonds can be exchanged for real money once you have reached a minimum of 100 diamonds, which will be then transferred to your PayPal account.

To check how many diamonds you have accumulated, look at your TikTok profile > Me > Wallet and Live Gifts. 

Diamonds can’t be bought or transferred from another account; they can only be collected through gifts from users.

This is how, if your TikTok Live stream is interesting and attracts viewers, you can make money from your TikTok content. 

Advantages of TikTok Live

Why make live content for an app that is made for short videos? 

It offers different content

On an app where all the videos are short, the rest of the users are going to enjoy something new, a breath of fresh air. A way of generating new content to attract new audiences.

Get closer to your followers

The possibilities you have with TikTok Live allow your community to interact with you, like a dialogue: resolve any questions, read comments, and you can call out their names.

Get to know your audience

With streams on TikTok you can get to know your audience in a new way: recognize their opinions, their likes, and any questions they may have about your channel. 

Now you can include TikTok Live videos in your digital marketing strategy: Give it a go and see the benefits these live videos will bring about.

How to start on TikTok? 

Carlos Bravo

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