Essential Equipment for Mobile Streaming Setup

May 27, 2024

Streaming from a mobile device is extremely easy, user-friendly, convenient, and you most likely own all the needed equipment already! Plus, you will be reaching more audiences on platforms such as YouTube Gaming, or Facebook Gaming, and Instagram Live or TikTok or Twitch. This can be a great way to earn some extra money doing what you love!

After reading this article you'll know how to stream from your phone, what you need to start your first stream of a mobile streaming setup, how to get ready before streaming, and how to start streaming.

The Rise of Mobile Content

Mobile broadcasting isn’t just a short-term trend; it’s a revolutionary shift in how content is created and consumed. Here’s why mobile streaming is becoming a go-to choice:

  • Affordability: Mobile streaming is cost-effective. Many potential streamers already own a smartphone with a camera good enough to capture the world in a decent quality. Smartphones also have built-in microphones, assuming you don't want to spend some extra bucks on an external audio-recording solution.
  • Mobility: Stream on the move! Whether you’re covering a live event or exploring new locations, mobile setups mean you can broadcast from anywhere in the world. And even better - the entire setup can be stored in a backpack, or your front jeans pocket!
  • Convenience: Mobile streaming setups can be as simple as a phone and a microphone. This ease of setup is a huge advantage over traditional streaming setups, as they don't require you to be stationary.
  • Simplicity: Many mobile streaming apps integrate most of the necessary broadcasting features, reducing the need for any post-production. Should you decide to stream on TikTok - for example - all you need is to have the TikTok application downloaded, hit a button here and there, point your phone camera on you, and Voilà - you're LIVE!

What you Need to get your Mobile Stream Started

Don't know what you'll need? Now you do. Take a look at our First Stream Starter Pack:

  • Camera: Ideally, a smartphone with a high-quality camera suffices for most mobile streams. However, external cameras connected through adapters can provide enhanced video quality. It all depends on your budget. A good smartphone will suffice in most cases.
  • Streaming Software: Mobile-friendly streaming apps like Streamlabs Mobile, OBS Studio Mobile, or even native apps provided by platforms like Twitch, YouTube or TikTok can simplify the streaming process. You really don't have to move a finger... actually... yeah - you need to press the button, but I promise, after that it's smooth sailing.
  • Microphone: Most smartphone built-in microphones are good enough. The only issue is, once you want to take your stream on a walk outside, it might be recording all the noise from the street, and in that case it's recommended to buy a bluetooth (or wired, I don't care) external microphone.
  • Stable Internet Connection: Streaming at 1080p and 60FPS for an hour will use approximately 3GB of bandwidth. Even if you downgraded to 720p and 30FPS, you'd still be using around 1.3GB of bandwidth per hour of being live. That's why it's crucial for every mobile streamer that's not broadcasting from the comfort of their own home (and a close distance to their Wi-Fi router) to acquire a good mobile plan.

First Stream To-Do List

Take a look at this To-Do List every time you're about to start streaming:

  • Check Your Equipment: Ensure your camera, microphone, and any attached equipment are working properly before you go live. Most of the apps show a preview of your stream. Just double-check everything before you go live, as some of the issues might be hard to fix during a live-stream.
  • Internet Stability: Use an app to run a speed test on your internet connection. Streaming typically requires at least 3-5 Mbps of upload speed. Make sure that you have unlimited data, or enough data on your mobile plan. An hour of streaming at 1080p and 60FPS will consume around 3GB of data. Scary.
  • Set to "Do Not Disturb": Avoid interruptions by setting your device to "Do Not Disturb" mode while streaming. Turn off all notifications, or use a different phone for streaming.
  • Background and Lighting: Good lighting and a simple background can improve video quality significantly. Natural light is preferable, but portable ring lights can enhance indoor settings.

Starting Your First Stream

The most popular ways of streaming:

  • Using Dedicated Apps: Platforms like Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook Gaming have mobile apps that simplify the streaming process. These apps usually provide a straightforward way to go live and manage your broadcast.
  • Third-Party Apps: Apps like Streamlabs or OBS Mobile offer more customization options, such as overlays, multi-stream capabilities, and better chat integration.

After you've checked your preview, went over our Starter Pack and To-Do List, all you need to do now is to hit that GO LIVE button! Good luck!

What equipment do most mobile streamers use?

Most streamers start with a basic setup: A high-end smartphone with a great camera. When it comes to capturing video, iPhone seems to be the most popular choice. A rode Bluetooth microphone attached to their clothing and a selfie stick/tripod to attach your phone. If you're going to be streaming from the "real world", a stabilizer will be your best friend. It's also a great idea to use an old phone to read chat, notifications etc. and your high-end phone to stream.

How much does a streamer setup cost?

A basic mobile streaming setup can be very cost-effective; often, your current smartphone and a simple, good quality microphone are all you need. Additional equipment like special lenses, lights, and paid software can increase costs.

  • Smartphone (iPhone 13 Pro Max+): $1000
  • Bluetooth Rode Wireless GO Microphone: $200
  • DJI Osmo Mobile Stabilizer: $100
  • Off-brand Tripod: $20

What is needed for mobile streaming?

Depends on your budget and desired quality. An iPhone will be higher quality than an android phone, however using a smartphone you already own is the smart decision. Getting a simple selfie stick or a tripod from a cheap store won't cost you more than $20 - with shipping. If you want to step outside, make sure you have unlimited, or a lot of data, as an hour of streaming will cost you around 3GB of bandwidth. Getting a stabilizer is also a great decision when you're streaming outside and moving a lot.

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