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YouTube’s co-hosted live streams are arriving on Android and iOS

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After plagued last yearYouTube has rolled out a new feature called Move in together that allows creators to co-host live streams. Anyone with more than 50 subscribers can invite a guest to host a live stream with them from iOS and Android mobile devices. Only one guest is allowed at a time, but the host can redeem new guests during the same live stream.

You can schedule co-streams through YouTube’s desktop app, but both the host and guest must use mobile devices during the live stream. To do this, open the YouTube app, tap “Create,” then “Go Live Together.” After entering stream details, select “Invite a co-streamer” and send an invite link to the co-streamer. They are then sent to the waiting room until you click ‘Go Live’.

There is no minimum number of followers for guests, but the host will be held accountable for guests who violate community guidelines. Hosts can monetize ads, which can appear in pre-, mid-, and post-roll forms.

YouTube offered a similar feature that allows creators to co-host shopping live streams, enabling both co-hosting and redirects to a brand’s channel. Twitch recently introduced a beta feature called Guest Star that allows creators to bring up to five guests to streams. That system is a bit simpler, as any viewer can raise a virtual hand and the host can invite them in, much like Clubhouse or Twitter Spaces. Unlike YouTube’s mobile limitation, Twitch’s version is only available on desktop.

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