How to Stream on YouTube


Today I'm going to show you how to get started with streaming on YouTube using Streamlabs OBS. We’ll cover how to make sure your account is linked, selecting your payment option, and importing a free overlay for your very first stream.

The first thing you’re going to want to do is get over to and create your account if you haven’t already. This can be done quickly by navigating to “Stream now” under “Live streaming” and click “Get started” to sign up.

You can find Streamlabs OBS on Once installed, launch the program and it will ask you to sign in so it knows what channel you’re going to stream with. Click Youtube and fill out your log in credentials here--this information is only used to link your account and authorize streaming from the Streamlabs software.

Next, we’ll connect payment options so your viewers can tip you! Navigate to Donation Settings and click “Paypal” and fill out your credentials so donations can go to your account. You can also enable other payment options like credit cards, cryptocurrencies through Coinbase, and more. Make sure to grab the URL for your donations and place it somewhere your viewers can see it on your channel.

There’s a lot of things you can do with Streamlabs OBS to improve the quality of your stream. To keep it simple we’re just going to show how to import a theme to quickly add some personality. Go to the Themes tab and  check out ‘Scene themes’ [improv next part to talk about what theme you’re choosing, how to add it to your editor, and do the same for widgets]

Once you gather the courage to hit that big green GO LIVE button there’s no turning back. Best of luck and happy streaming!


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