How To Get Live Access On TikTok
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How To Get Live Access On TikTok

Zoe Kramer December 12, 2022

TikTok may be regarded as the short-form video app, but its live feature is also integral to how it functions. So if you’re looking to grow your audience, doing your own lives could be a great way to achieve this. You can do a longer form version of what you do in your TikToks, hold a Q&A session, or show your audience behind the scenes of your setup and process. Plus, for those over 18, you can earn gifts. But what are the rules for how to get live access on TikTok?

Here is a rundown of how it works.

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If you want to start a live on TikTok, there are two requirements in place. You need to be at least 16 years old, and you need to have at least 1000 followers. If both these requirements are met, you can start a live by tapping the plus sign on the bottom of the home screen. Then, swipe left until you’re on the Live setting, and select an image and title for your stream.

Once everything is set up, simply hit the ‘Go Live’ button and you’re good to go. Once you’re live, you can make adjustments as you see fit by tapping the three dots in the corner. This will open a menu where you can add effects, flip your camera, or add moderators.

End your stream by tapping the x in the corner.

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Can You Join Another Live Access?

You can also join another person’s live in a split-screen format if you’d like. To do this, pull up the live you want to join and go into the comments section. From there, you can select the icon that looks like two smiling faces. This will send a request to join the stream. Once the owner of the live approves your request, you can join.

If you have less than 1000 followers, there is one way to get access to Live, however users report mixed success with this method. The strategy involves going to your profile and selecting the menu with three lines. From there, you can select ‘Report a problem’ and then go to the ‘Live’ topic and choose ‘I can’t start a Live.’

You can submit this report and then wait to see if you are granted Live access. It’s not guaranteed to work and it isn’t exactly above-board, but as of right now there aren’t any other ways to get Live access with fewer than 1000 followers.

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Zoe Kramer has been writing for GRV Media’s student-centric website Freshered since October 2022 and is now also contributing to HITC. She graduated from Cardiff University in 2022 with a BA in Journalism, Media and English Literature. During her time in university, she worked for her student newspaper as well as completing an internship with a book publisher. She has also written and continues to write book and theatre reviews. She is excited to now be pursuing a career as a journalist and learning something new every day. In particular, she loves writing about student life, books, the Internet, and travel. Originally from the United States, she is enjoying living abroad in the UK.