Back in January I wrote about the ability to live stream to Facebook Live from desktop without third party tools – however at that time the feature only appeared to work with Chrome as the browser. Find the extensive tutorial here for both Profiles and Pages.
Below you will see the steps you need to follow if you want to live stream using Firefox from your Personal Profile using your desktop. I also noticed this feature being available in Facebook Groups I am a member of but not an adminstrator of, though I have not tested that yet.
I did a private test to explore how this way of live streaming works (something I always recommend if you are testing a new live stream feature) so there are no comments on the post for the live stream in the screen shots – I did however publish the live stream and was delighted in the quality of the recording.
Remember however that on Facebook Profiles you do not get all the options of customisation of your replay such as the custom thumbnail, captions and cross posting that are available for Facebook Pages.
You will on your profile when on Firefox the option to post live video.
When you click that button you will then be prompted to allow access to your camera and microphone – click the ‘Allow’ button. If you do not see this popup check you have not disabled popups from appearing by reviewing your browser settings.
You will note that at the top of the page it gives you the option to connect your camera or external devices for example a drone or 360 camera for immersive streaming. This will give you access to the RTMP information and stream key that you will need to use in your device to enable Facebook live streaming.
You will note that on the right hand side of the screen you will be able to see your camera and mic and can adjust the camera or mic you want to use from there.
Once you are ready to go live you just need to click the ‘Go Live’ button. You will get a 3 second countdown timer before you start to stream live.
You will see the length of time your live stream has been running in the top left of the screen.
when you are ready to end the live stream to Facebook Live, you can click the red ‘Finish’ button.
As you are streaming to Facebook from your personal profile, you will have the option to invite friends to watch. Click the button on the bottom left to invite friends and then search for the people you want to invite to watch the live stream.
Once you have ended the live stream, you will need to wait until the processing of the live video finishes.
You will then get a notification that the live stream has ended and you can make a decision on whether or not you want the replay to appear on your personal profile or if you wish to delete it.
I hope you find this a helpful tutorial for using Facebook Live and your Firefox browser on desktop.
This is a very straight forward way of live streaming and may be of interest to you if you do not have a smartphone with an unlimited data plan or do not have access to wifi on your smartphone – streaming to Facebook Live requires a lot of data. When streaming from your desktop it is recommended that you use an ethernet connection rather than wifi iuf at all possible.
If you want to live stream using your desktop but also want to do things such as share your screen you will need to consider using third party tools for Facebook Live.
But if you do have questions you can arrange a confidential online meeting with me here to discuss the live video options that would be most suited for your business goals.
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