5 Major Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Live Stream From Your Phone

Why you should not live stream from phone

If you’re ever thinking of doing live streaming from your mobile phone, it’s better you think about it twice. Most of us have gotten so used to our most beloved mobile gadget that we even go to bed with it. It’s probably the last thing we see before we close our eyes to sleep and the first when we wake up.

But when it comes to doing professional online broadcasting, you need to take heed of these few faults that may lay lurking in your mobile device and could totally ruin your live streaming before you know it.

Live streaming, as the term implies, is a process of sending continuous audio and video feeds from your end to your viewer’s end. Having said that, if your stream gets disconnected, you’d lose the entire online broadcast link and has to start with a new URL.

Your mobile phone can overheat

One experience we learned from our live streaming artists is that some of them complained about their mobile phone getting overheated after a long streaming session. This could happen when the online broadcast lasts more than one hour. Your rather “smart” phone will automatically shut down when its core temperature reaches a certain maximum limit.

There are some reasons why your mobile phone could overheat. Casually overusing your phone would naturally cause your phone to heat up but that often would not lead to overheating. But since live streaming is a CPU intensive process, the online broadcasting app that you’re using should be the culprit. Your streaming app consumes load of your CPU power which could lead to the shutdown. This causes the entire phone to reach its point of no meltdown and it has no choice but to shut itself down before the inevitable happens.

Do note that, this could happen even when your screen is turned off but having your screen enabled hasten the heating process. Other reasons are having a bad battery or inefficient hardware connected to your mobile device.

Unless you want to take the approach of having a fan blowing your phone while you stream leaving your viewers speechless.


Facebook, Twitch and StreamLabs mobile apps do not let you schedule your live stream

The little-known fact about Facebook app is that you can only go live immediately without scheduling your session. So, to schedule one ahead of time, you should do it via Facebook’s website.

Twitch doesn’t offer this either. And the same goes for StreamLabs app which lets you stream to YouTube, Twitch or Facebook. No scheduling is possible there too.

You must have at least 1,000 subscribers to live stream from YouTube app

YouTube is often known for being generous to its users such as allowing you to upload a video with a duration of 596.5 hours or 24 days long! At least that’s the current record for the longest video on YouTube. But this time, they’re taking the conservative approach with their app.

Their app only allows you to live stream when you hit their minimum threshold of 1,000 subscribers to your channel.

Confusion over live streaming vertically (portrait mode) or horizontally (landscape mode)

Sometimes we caught people live streaming sideways. Instead of having their faces sitting vertically, they look like their hanging on the side of the wall. This is because the live streamer pressed the live button while in portrait screen layout (vertical) before rotating their phone to landscape layout (horizontal).

The simple trick to fix this is to only tap on the go-live button after you turn your phone to the landscape mode, not before. Although this happens much rarely now thanks to better livestreaming apps, beginners getting into the online live arena still do make this mistake.

Mobile phone live streaming sideways


Interruption from incoming calls, notifications or text messages

What could get very annoying is while you’re having your perfect live streaming moment, an incoming call (from your boss perhaps) appears. This nuisance speaks volumes when you include all the possible app alerts, text messages, or even reminders that creep up on you.

You may try to switch to flight mode, but your stream does need a WiFi or mobile data connection to work.

So, it’s best to let your PC does the PC kinda work like helping you streaming live without the hiccups and the need to make up with your phone.


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