YouTube, the world’s largest video-hosting service and also one of the biggest websites in the world launched YouTube Live, a feature that lets users engage with their audience in real-time with a video feed, chat, and more. It is also a direct competitor of Facebook Live, but we believe it has several advantages that make it a better competitor.


If you own a YouTube account, you can also live-stream your content, here is how you can do it:

• Go to YouTube, and from the top right click ‘Create’ followed by ‘Go live’. If you have not verified your channel, follow the prompts to do so. It might take up to 24 hours to do so.

• Choose a way to stream. There are three types of streams which are mobile, webcam, and encoder. Mobile streaming is generally good for vlogging, albeit you will need 1000 subscribers and a phone/ tablet with a camera. You can also stream from a webcam on your computer, and we personally would recommend you to invest in an external microphone.

• Encoders let you stream gameplay, overlays, and use hardware like preamps, mics, and cameras. This type of stream is commonly used for gaming, sporting events, concerts, and conferences.

In this guide, we aim to show you how to watch live videos on YouTube, and also how to get audio from YouTube Live videos by using two easy methods.

Part 1: How to watch a live video on YouTube

Watching YouTube live is very easy, and it basically is almost the same as watching a regular video on YouTube. If you are not sure about how to do so, we will show you how you can easily do so, whether you want to watch it on a computer or on your mobile device. We will first show you how you can do it on a web browser.

  • Watching YouTube Live on a browser
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    Step 1: Open your browser and visit the YouTube website. Login to your account, which is necessary if you want to join the Super Chat.

    Step 2: From the main homepage, click ‘Live’. You will see this in the menu on the left side of the page. This brings you to the Live channel, where you will find content that is being broadcasted in real-time.

    Step 3: Click the live video you want to watch. The video will open in a new page with a live chat box to the right of the video. If you want to join the Super Chat, type in the “Say something” textfield and press the Return button to send your message.

  • Watching YouTube Live on mobile
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    Step 1: Launch the YouTube app on your phone or tablet. Once you have launched it, tap the search icon at the top-right of the screen.

    Step 2: Search for the content that you would like to watch. You will see a list of results, and anything that is being broadcasted live will be marked ‘Live’ in the thumbnail. You can also filter the results by clicking the filter icon, and making it to display only Live videos.

    Step 3: Once you have filtered the results, you should see all the live videos for your search criteria. Tap any video you want to watch.

    Part 2: The fastest way to get audio from YouTube Live video

    If you want to download audio from a YouTube video, you can do it very quickly without downloading and installing any software. In fact, doing so is very simple that all you need is to put a simple prefix in the address bar of your web browser, albeit you can only do this on a computer. In this case, you can add the prefix “ad” to the URL of the YouTube video you want to download. However, this method will not work with videos that are protected, for instance, music videos from VEVO. It will also not work with some Live videos, as we discovered in our tests. You can still give it a try, by following the easy steps below:

    Step 1: Go to your browser and search for the video you want to download using the YouTube search engine.

    Step 2: Click on the video to play it and then pause it.

    Step 3: Go to the video URL and add “vd” before the “…”. And then you’ll enter a new page for downloading YouTube video


    Part 3: What if the above method fails

    Over the years, YouTube has been getting smarter and it has been gradually implementing technologies that make it more difficult to download videos (as a way to curb piracy), especially from dedicated YouTube downloading sights. For instance, it is impossible to download any music videos from the VEVO channel on YouTube on those sights. In this case, adding vd before some YouTube Live videos may fail to download them. However, we have a much simpler way for you to grab the audio.

    Basically, you can continue to watch and enjoy the live video, while the audio is being recorded and saved to your hard drive. Leawo Music Recorder is a software that you could use for that purpose, as it can proficiently and legally record audio, from a wide range video and audio sources (over 500 sources are supported). The sources include popular sources like YouTube, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio Radio, Apple Music, 8tracks etc.

    This software comes built with a task scheduler, and therefore anything you want to record at a specific time can be recorded automatically. This professional software also has an ability to predict music tags when you are recording music, and the music information is accurately gathered from an online database. Just download and install the software to download only audio from YouTube, by following the easy steps below.

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    Step 1: First set the Audio Source

    When you have launched the software on your computer, click the microphone icon on the main interface. A panel should pop-up, proceed to click the“Audio Source” menu, then choose the “Record Computer Audio” option. This is very important as it enables the software to start recording from YouTube Live.


    Step 2: Second, set the output format

    Click on the “Format” menu in the panel to choose “Output Format: MP3 Audio (*.mp3)” or WAV Audio (*.wav). If you want to preserve the original quality, select WAV audio, albeit they consume more storage. MP3 audio generally compresses the audio quality. It is also possible to adjust the bit rate and sample rate of your recordings in this panel.


    Step 3: Third, set the output folder

    Click “General” and then click the folder icon to choose a folder to save your recordings from Leawo Music Recorder.

    Step 4: Finally start recording YouTube Live

    Navigate to the main interface of the software and then click on the red recording button to begin recording. Click on the recording button again if you have finished recording. Under “Media> Library> Newly Recordings” you can enter the “Music Tags Edit” panel to adjust the info of the recordings.