Live streaming Zoom meetings/webinars on YouTube

This post was most recently updated on July 22nd, 2022

There is a Zoom Meeting or Zoom Webinar live stream available on YouTube. Through YouTube, participants can view and comment on your meeting via Zoom. Zoom Meetings or Zoom Webinars will be delayed by approximately 20 seconds during the live event.

Note:

The YouTube viewer cannot interact directly with the webinar attendees, nor can the webinar attendees interact directly with those watching on YouTube.

This article covers:

  • How to enable YouTube live streaming for meetings
  • How to enable YouTube live streaming for webinars
  • How to start a live stream on YouTube?

Prerequisites for live streaming meetings or webinars on YouTube

Streaming for Zoom Meeting

  • Accounts for Professionals, Businesses, Schools, and Enterprises
  • There is a license for the host
  • There are two desktop clients for Zoom:
    • Version 4.4.53582 or higher is required for Windows
    • A macOS version of 4.4.53582 or higher is required
  • Client for Zoom on mobile devices
    • A version of Android 5.4.0 or higher is required
    • The iOS version must be 5.4.0 or higher
  • On YouTube, live streaming is available

Streaming for Zoom Webinars

  • An enterprise, business, or education account
  • A Zoom Webinars license is assigned to the host
  • The Zoom desktop client is as follows:
    • Version 4.0 or higher of Windows
    • Version 4.0 or later of macOS
  • Mobile Zoom client
    • Version 5.4.0 or higher is required for Android
    • Version 5.4.0 or higher is required for iOS
  • On YouTube, live streaming is available

How to enable or disable YouTube live streaming for meetings

Account

Enable livestreaming for all users on YouTube by following these steps:

  1. You must be an admin with the right to edit account settings to access the Zoom web portal.
  2. You can access account settings by clicking Account Management in the navigation menu.
  3. On the Meetings tab, click the button.
  4. You can enable livestreaming of meetings by clicking the Allow livestreaming of meetings toggle under In Meeting (Advanced).
  5. Click Enable to verify the change if a verification dialog appears.
  6. Make sure YouTube is checked.
  7. Save your changes.
  8. Click the lock icon if you would like to make this setting mandatory for all users in your account. If you do so, click Lock to confirm the setting and click the lock icon again to confirm it.

Group

Allowing a group of users to livestream meetings on YouTube:

  1. Sign in as an administrator with access to editing groups on the Zoom web portal.
  2. Select User Management then Groups from the navigation menu.
  3. From the list, click the name of the appropriate group.
  4. Go to the Meetings tab.
  5. Enable livestreaming of meetings under In Meeting (Advanced).
  6. Verify the change by clicking Enable verify.
    Note:
  7. The options that are grayed out are those that have been incorporated into the account at the account level, and they need to be changed at that level as well.
  8. Make sure that YouTube is selected as a checkbox.
  9. After saving, click OK.
  10. Please click the lock icon if you would like to make this setting mandatory for all users in this group. Then click Lock to confirm this setting to make this setting permanent for all users in this group.

User

For you to be able to livestream meetings on YouTube, follow the steps below:

  1. Access the Zoom web portal by signing in.
  2. The settings menu can be found at the top of the page.
  3. Go to the Meetings tab.
  4. You can enable livestreaming of meetings under In Meeting (Advanced).
  5. Verify the change by clicking Enable verify the change.
  6. Make sure YouTube is checked.
  7. Save your changes.
    Note:
  8. Greyed out options have been locked at the account or group level, and your Zoom administrator will need to change them.

How to enable YouTube live streaming for webinars

Account

For all users within the account to be allowed to livestream webinars on YouTube, the following steps must be taken:

  1. Admins can edit account settings through the Zoom web portal.
  2. You can change your account settings by clicking Account Management in the navigation menu.
  3. Go to the Meetings tab.
  4. Enable livestreaming of webinars under In Meeting (Advanced).
  5. You will be prompted to verify the change. Click Enable and verify the change if the dialog appears.
  6. Check the YouTube box.
  7. Save the file.
  8. The lock icon can be clicked and the Lock button clicked to make this setting mandatory for all users in your account (optional).

Group

Users can livestream webinars on YouTube by enabling the following:

  1. Access Zoom’s web portal as an administrator with group editing privileges.
  2. You can access Groups by clicking User Management in the navigation menu.
  3. From the list, click the name of the appropriate group.
  4. Go to the Meetings tab.
  5. Enable livestreaming of webinars under In Meeting (Advanced).
  6. Verify the change by clicking Enable verify the change if a verification dialog appears.
    Note:
  7. Changing an option that is grayed out requires changing it at the account level.
  8. Check the YouTube box.
  9. Save the file.
  10. For all members of this group, you can make this setting mandatory by clicking the lock icon.

User

For your own use, you will be able to stream webinars on YouTube if you enable the following option:

  1. Log into the Zoom web portal by entering your email address and password.
  2. Select Settings from the navigation menu on the left side of the screen.
  3. Go to the Meetings tab and click on it.
  4. It can be enabled by clicking the Allow livestreaming of webinars toggle under the Meetings (Advanced) tab.
  5. It is recommended that you click Enable verify the change if the verification dialog appears.
  6. If YouTube is checked, click on the checkbox next to it.
  7. To save the changes, click on the Save button.
    Note:
  8. The option will be grayed out if the account or group has been locked, and in order to change it you will have to contact the Zoom administrator of your account or group.

How to start a live stream to YouTube

Windows | macOS

Live stream a meeting or webinar from your desktop

  • Hosting a webinar or meeting is the first step.
  • Toward the bottom of your screen, click More to access your meeting or webinar controls.
  • On YouTube, click Live.
  • If you have multiple YouTube channels, log in and choose one to stream to.
    Following successful authentication, you will see the following page:

  • Broadcasting to YouTube Live requires the following settings:
    • Zoom meeting/webinar title on YouTube
      Topics for Zoom meetings and webinars are automatically populated. To change the text, navigate to the text box.
    • Privacy
      The three options are Public, Unlisted, and Private.
  • Go live by clicking the button! button.
    Streaming is being prepared for your session and a progress bar will appear.
  • You should wait for the Zoom client to notify you that your meeting or webinar has gone live on YouTube before you begin it.

Meeting/webinar controls allow you to stop streaming by clicking More then Stop Live Stream, or by clicking End Meeting/Webinar.

Live stream a meeting or webinar to a YouTube Event

  • Stream your meeting or webinar using Custom Live Streaming.
  • Meetings and webinars can be scheduled.
  • To configure live streaming settings, scroll down to the Live Streaming section and click Configure live stream settings.
  • Sign into your YouTube account using a new browser tab.
  • Select Go Live from the Create a Video menu.

  • You can choose to live stream now or later when asked if you want to start right away.
  • In the Streaming software section, select Go for the type of stream.
  • You can schedule a stream by clicking the button in the top-right corner.
  • You can reuse settings from a previous event if you have already scheduled one. Choose Create New if you don’t already have one.
  • Describe the title, category, date/time, any age restrictions, and privacy settings.
  • Create a stream by clicking Create.
  • Paste the Server URL and Stream Key in the Stream URL and Stream Key on Zoom by copying and pasting them from the Stream Settings section.

  • To access the Video Link, click the share arrow. That URL should be copied and pasted into Zoom’s live streaming page.

  • On Zoom’s page, click Save.

  • Start your Zoom conference or webinar as host when you are ready to begin the event.
  • To access more meeting controls, click More.
  • Custom Live Streaming Service should be clicked.

  • Click Go Live in the YouTube stream event after Zoom has started the live stream.

    Android | iOS

    Live stream a meeting or webinar from your mobile device

    1. Be the host of the meeting or webinar.
    2. To access more meeting/webinar options, tap More.
    3. The YouTube icon will appear.
      The YouTube login page will appear once you click this.
    4. You can stream to multiple YouTube channels (if you have any).
    5. The Broadcasting to YouTube Live page will allow you to specify the following settings after successfully authenticating:
      • YouTube title for Zoom Meeting
        The topic of Zoom Webinars is automatically populated. Change the text box by navigating to it.
      • Privacy
        Public, Unlisted, or Private are the options you have.
    6. Go Live! by clicking the button. button.
      As your session is being prepared for streaming, you will see a progress bar. You will then see the live stream.
    7. Continue your meeting or webinar by returning to the Zoom app.
    8. There are two ways to stop the streaming: either stop the streaming of the webinar or meeting by tapping Stop Live Stream again, or click the LIVE notification in the upper right corner of the meeting or webinar window, then tap Stop Live Stream again.