A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Create Your First YouTube Scheduled Stream

Welcome to StreamCot!


If you want to live stream to YouTube, you'll need to set up your stream on YouTube's side.


Here's a step-by-step guide on how to set up YouTube's side to anticipate your broadcast and go live at a scheduled event


The following steps are for when you are using your phone.



The following steps are for when you are using your computer.


Step 1: Log in to Your YouTube Account

Go to YouTube and log in to your account. If you don't have an account, you must create one first.


Step 2: Go to YouTube Studio

Once logged in, click on your profile picture in the top right corner. From the dropdown menu, select "YouTube Studio".


Step 3: Select the "Go live" Tab

From the top menu, select "Create" and then the "Go live" tab. This will show you all the options for live streaming on YouTube. Navigate to https://www.youtube.com/live_dashboard/?approve_browser_access=true


Step 4: Choose "Right Now" or "Later Date"

If you never used YouTube Live Control Room before, you may see this prompt:

Select "Later Date" to schedule your stream event

Then select "streaming software"


If you do not see this prompt:

From the left-hand menu, select the "calendar" icon


Step 5: Create the Stream

From the right-hand menu, select the "schedule stream" option

Then, select "create new" to create a new stream event or "reuse settings" to reuse the settings of a previous stream

If you choose to "reuse settings", you can skip setting the next step settings


Step 6: Set the Stream Details and Select the Next button


Set the title and description

Set the broadcast type to "Streaming software"

Set the category to your preference


Select or upload a thumbnail

Add this stream to one or more playlists

Legally set the Audience "made for kids" setting to "yes" or "no"

Legally set the Paid promotion setting "checked" or "unchecked"

Add tags

Set Stream language and Caption certification

Set Recording stream location

Set License and Distribution

Set "Allow embedding"

Set "Comments and ratings"


Select the Next button


Step 7: Set the Stream Monetization

From the monetization menu, select "on" or "off"

Select the types of ads you want to run


Select the Next button


Step 8: Set the Stream Customization

Select Live chat replay

Select a redirect if you want to redirect viewers to another stream after this stream ends (useful if you want to start a "part 2")

Select a trailer if you want to show a pre-roll video before your stream starts


Select the Next button


Step 9: Set the Stream Visibility

If this is your first stream with StreamCot, you may want to make your video private or unlisted or if you like to wing it, make it public!

Set your stream visibility

Set your date and time when you plan to go live


Select the Done button


Note: If you set the stream location and added tags, the added tags may not be saved

Note: If you set the stream location and recording date, and did not add tags, the recorded location may not be saved



Step 10: Enable Auto-start


Make sure Stream latency is set to Normal latency

Make sure Auto-start is toggled blue (enabled)

Make sure Auto-stop is toggled grey (disabled)


To end a stream on YouTube, you must end it on YouTube's side. There are two ways to accomplish this.



  • Hit the stop button to end the live stream in the StreamCot app side
  • Hit the settings button (blue round wheel) on the top right side of the StreamCot app side. This opens the settings menu.
  • In the settings menu, hit "Accounts"
  • Under "Accounts," press the "YouTube Live Control Room" button, this will take you to YouTube.com to manage your stream.
  • If you disabled "Auto-stop," click on "END STREAM" on YouTube's side
    • If you do not see an "END STREAM" button and you did not use a scheduled stream, YouTube already ended the stream for you.



In any case, YouTube will automatically end your stream after a timeout.

If you choose to set Auto-stop enabled, YouTube may end your stream if you go offline during your stream.


Then, tap the "go live" button in the app to go live to the destinations enabled in Connection settings.

At any time, you can tap the "stop" or "pause" button in the app while live. 

It is out of the scope of an app to set up or end your stream on other platforms.




What's next?


If you want to stream to YouTube and Facebook at the same time, follow this tutorial: 




You're all set to press the "Go Live" button in the app!


If you want to start a "part 2" on YouTube's side, you must manually tap the "stop" button and then tap the "go live" button to tell StreamCot to check for a new stream on YouTube.

Otherwise, StreamCot will not know about your "part 2" stream, and the stream duration counter will not be representative of when your "part 2" stream started.


Happy streaming!


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