If you stream on Youtube, you may be wondering if your live streams are saved for your audience to watch. In this article we are going to take a look at how Youtube deals with live streams after you hit the stop streaming button.

Let’s jump in and take a look.

Are Youtube Live Streams Saved?

Yes, Youtube live streams are automatically archived and saved to your uploads section on Youtube after the stream. The only exception is for live streams that are over 12 hours long which may not save at all.

How To Private A Live Stream

You may want to hide a live stream after it is finished if you want to keep the stream exclusive to people who were there in the moment. You can private a stream by following the steps below:

  1. Go to Youtube and log in to your account
  2. Click on your profile picture and navigate to Youtube Studio
  3. Click on Content on the left-hand side and navigate to the live tab
  4. Select the video you want to Private and click on the visibility button and set it to private

Your live stream will now be private and won’t be seen on your uploads page.

How To Download Youtube Live Streams?

If you want to download Youtube live streams to your computer, you will need to use a third-party tool. If you did not record the live stream locally and need the footage for a video or stream clips this is a good option however the video quality will not be as good if you record locally.

If your PC can handle it, we would recommend recording your stream locally on your PC while you are streaming. You can do this in a software such as OBS or Streamlabs.

If that ship has already sailed and you didn’t record locally you can use a Youtube downloader to get the video. Follow the steps below to download a Youtube video:

  1. Go to a Youtube downloader such as Y2Mate
  2. Copy the URL from the Youtube Live Stream you want to download and paste it into Y2Mate
  1. Click convert on the quality you want to download. I would highly recommend downloading in the highest quality possible.
  2. You will have to wait a few minutes for the video to convert and then you will be able to click on the download button

The video will now download to your computer ready for you to use as an MP4 file.

Wrapping Up

Now you can rest easy knowing that your Youtube live streams will be saved right after a stream. The video will appear in your videos section on Youtube for your audience to watch immediately as long as the video is under 12 hours.

Youtube is great at getting the VOD up immediately so your audience can watch right away if they missed the stream.

Read More From Get On Stream:


James is a marketer by day and gamer by night. He loves sharing his Marketing background in the world of streaming. When he's not working on campaigns he's likely to be spotted in Verdansk.