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How to Go Live on Facebook from Your Desktop or Laptop

Whether you’re looking to connect with new leads or maintain relationships with your current customer base, going live on social media is a great way to keep your business top of mind.


We previously showed you how to go live on Facebook using your mobile device. Today on Put a Pin in It, Andrea Tremper walks you, step by step, through the desktop version of Facebook Live.

Video Transcription

If you’ve been looking for a great way to get more interactive with your social media followers, Facebook Live is a great option. Lucky for you, it’s never been easier to go live. And today, I’m going to show you how to go live from your desktop or laptop computer.

If you’ve got a laptop or a desktop with a webcam installed, you can go live in just a few clicks. The first thing you’ll want to do to go live is to navigate to the page that you want to go live on. I’m going to use our company page for this example, but you can use your personal page or your business page.

Then, you’re going to click the box in the middle to write a description. It’s the same one that you would put a blog post, an image, or any other type of update in. For this video, I’m going to say, “It has never been easier to go live on Facebook.”

Your computer should have a built-in grammar and spell check, but just double-check those things to be on the safe side. Once you have the update in there, you’re going to click the button above that says Live.

Whatever browser you’re using will ask you to access your camera and microphone. You’ll want to accept that. Then, a box is going to pop up, and you can update all of your information here—your different details that you want. You can pick Share Screen Options, and you can give it a title. I’m just going to leave the description. And then, you’re going to see the Go Live button in the lower right-hand corner, and you’ll click that.

It’s going to give you a “3, 2, 1,” countdown. As soon as you’re live, you’re going to want to say “hi” to your followers. Explain what you’re talking about and why you’re doing this live. You’re going to see that you’re live, up top, how long you’ve been live for in the left-hand corner, and then you will see live viewers in our little red box, as well. If there aren’t viewers, don’t get discouraged, because you will still get views after the fact. You’ll also be able to see live comments on the right-hand side, and if anybody likes it, as well.

I do always encourage you to answer comments while you’re live, or as soon as you’re done—just to create engagement. When you’re done, you’re going to click End Live Video in the lower right-hand corner, and there’s going to be another box that just confirms you want to end. You’ll hit End one more time.

And then you’re done. That was easy! After this, it’s going to want you to post the video to your Facebook page, by default. If you don’t want to, you can hit Delete or Done. So, when you hit Done, it will post to your page, and you can create more engagement that way. I highly encourage you to do that.

The takeaway

And that’s it! It’s so simple to go live on your Facebook business page. if you found this video helpful, comment below and let me know. Make sure you subscribe to this YouTube channel. And be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram: @remindermedia. But, most importantly, put a pin in it.

Written by Kevin McElvaney

Zealous wordie and reluctant writer of short bios. I'm dedicated to creating useful and educational content.