This is a short guide on how to go live on TikTok.
The “Live” feature on TikTok allows you to livestream a video to your fans. This livestream can also appear in the “For You” page of people nearby, thereby increasing your chances of gaining new followers. As a result, it is a sought-after feature.
Why can’t I go live on TikTok?
Unfortunately, most TikTok users are unable to go live. This is because you must reach a certain follower count before it is enabled on your account. And even then, it seems as though some sort of process that has to take place before it is actually enabled.
If you take a quick look online, you will find plenty of claims that the feature is automatically enabled once you hit 1K followers. However, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, it can be 2K. Others have reported that the “Live” feature didn’t appear on their accounts until they reached 5K followers. All in all, there doesn’t seem to be an exact figure.
This leads me to believe that one of the following things has to happen:
- A manual review of your account takes place after you reach a certain follower account.
- TikTok has an AI system or an algorithm that determines whether you are “worthy” of such a feature and your follower count is just one part of a bigger equation.
To be honest, I do not blame them for putting a threshold in place. In the past, other social media apps have had issues with users abusing their livestream features. Therefore, it makes sense that TikTok would want to limit it to people who have more to lose.
How to go live on TikTok without 1K followers.
Fortunately, a number of people have reported success with a lesser-known “trick”. Essentially, this involves contacting TikTok support and politely asking them to enable it on your account. This could actually work, as it may “force” a manual review of your profile.
To do this, you will need to go to your TikTok profile and click the three dots in the top right-hand corner. This will bring you into the “Settings and Privacy” page.
After that, you will need to scroll down and find the “Report a Problem” option. This can be found in the SUPPORT section:
After that, three options will be shown:
- Hosting Live
- Viewing Live
- Payment and Rewards
Obviously, in your case, you will need to click on “Hosting Live“.
Next, you will be shown three more options:
Here, you will need to click on “I can’t start a live“. The following section will give you a blurb about how users must be at least 16 years or over in order to access LIVE:
At this stage, you will need to scroll down to the “Is your problem resolved?” question and click on “No”. Once you have done that, a new option called “Still have problem” will appear:
Click on the “Still have problem” option and you will be brought to the “Report a problem” form.
Tell them that you were previously able to use LIVE.
The “Report a problem” page will prompt you to enter some feedback:
As you can see in the screenshot above, this “trick” involves telling TikTok support that you previously had the LIVE feature. However, it has since disappeared. You will also notice that I am being extremely polite. This is because the support message is going to be read by a human and if I’m rude or demanding, they will probably just deny the request.
Feel free to copy and paste the following text into the feedback form:
Hi! I used to be able to go live in the past. However, this option seems to have disappeared for me? I think my followers would like it if I could livestream again. I would be extremely grateful if you could enable it for my account. Thank you very much!
Once you have finished writing your feedback, you will need to click on the red Report button at the bottom. This will submit your feedback to TikTok.
After doing this, you will simply have to wait and see if it works. Other users have reported that it can take 48 hours or more. Of course, this all depends on how long it takes for someone to process your report.
Will this definitely enable TikTok LIVE on my account?
Unfortunately, I cannot promise that this will always work. The problem here is that it is up to the person who is reading your report. They might review your account and decide that there is no harm in enabling TikTok live on your account. On the other hand, they could also decide that allowing you to go live is not worth the risk.
Basically, it’s a toss up. And it may depend on the type of content that is currently on your TikTok profile. i.e. Videos about sensitive topics, etc.
There is also the chance that they will eventually catch onto this trick and start denying anyone who uses it. However, in my opinion, it is still worth a shot! The worst thing that can happen is that they say no.