Live streaming is a popular way for enthusiasts and professionals to stream their gameplay through interactive platforms like Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook, connecting friends and fans over a shared love for games. While streaming from computers and gaming consoles will ensure higher image quality during broadcasts, this shouldn’t stop you from streaming mobile games if that’s what your heart desires. Mobile live streaming lets you share live gameplay videos on popular platforms directly from your iPhone, iPad, or Android device wherever you are.
So, how do you live stream your gameplay on mobile? The simplest way is by installing an app that is compatible with the mobile device you’re using, allowing you to screenshare your gameplay while streaming to the platform of your choice. Today, we’ll walk you through how to use the Streamlabs Mobile app to stream mobile games.
How to Stream Mobile Games with Streamlabs Mobile App
Besides having an account on the streaming platform you plan to broadcast to (Twitch, YouTube, etc), all you need is to install the mobile video game of your choice and a live streaming app like Streamlabs Mobile.
Let’s walk you through the actual steps on how to stream mobile games.
Step 2: Open the Streamlabs mobile app and log in with your credentials. You have the option of logging directly into the social platform of your choice or using your Streamlabs ID, which is one simple login that gives you access to a host of creator tools and features from Streamlabs, such as Streamlabs Desktop (live streaming software), multistreaming to different platforms simultaneously, clip editing, and much more.
We recommend creating a Streamlabs ID so you can take your live streaming and creator journey to new heights.
Step 3: Customize your stream layout using the Scene Editor, which allows you to add widgets, custom overlay themes, custom images, and more. Choose from a default layout or build your own from scratch by selecting custom.
For an in-depth tutorial on editing your mobile live stream layout, check out our guide that teaches you everything you need to know about using Scenes in the Streamlabs Mobile app.
Step 5: Once you’ve finished editing the layout of your live stream, enable your camera and microphone. While the main focus of your stream will be your gameplay, you should turn your camera on for those moments when you put your game on pause and engage with your audience.
Step 6: When you are ready to start broadcasting your gameplay, have your game open then click on the Go Live button on the homepage of the Streamlabs Mobile App. When asked, “do you want to share your screen or camera?” select Screenshare. This is how viewers will be able to see your gameplay.
Step 7: Choose the platform you want to broadcast to and enter a title and description of your live stream.
That’s it! Now, you can open your game and stream your gameplay to your audience.
Tips & Tricks for Mobile Game Streaming
Below are a few quick tips and tricks to make the most out of mobile gameplay.
Close all open apps (other than your game and Streamlabs Mobile app): This will make sure that your device is running as fast as possible and will reduce potential lags or crashes from happening while you’re streaming.
Stream from WiFi: For best performance (plus reduce any potentially unexpected data charges on your cell phone bill), make sure you are connected to WiFi and stream only from a stable WiFi connection. If your connection is unstable, Streamlabs Ultra can protect with your disconnect protection so your stream doesn’t automatically end if your signal cuts out.
Turn off notifications: Put your phone in Do Not Disturb mode to prevent notifications from appearing. Everything you see on your screen will be broadcasted to your audience. Be careful when changing apps and opening windows on your mobile screen.
Keep your phone unlocked while live: If your device locks, the stream will end. Before live streaming, change your phone settings to ensure your phone doesn’t lock and essentially end midstream.
Need more tips for live streaming from a mobile device? Check out our guide full of best practices for mobile live streaming to make the experience amazing for both you and your audience.