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Phone-streaming

Information related to everything concerning phone streaming

Streamlabs


Streamlabs App is also now a paid service ($16 US Monthly) to remove overlays and gain streamlabs disconnect protection. To avoid having to pay to use this service, you can download a previous version on APKPure (version 1.5.95 or later). After you install the old app, go to the Play Store and select installed apps, Streamlabs, the three dot menu in upper right corner, and then uncheck “Enable auto-update" to prevent the new version being applied again.


The Streamlabs app is currently the best way to stream to Twitch on mobile. It allows custom overlays and custom RTMP options. It's not without quirks, though, as the app will act erratically, especially with prolonged use. Set up disconnection protection on your Twitch account (twitch.tv/username/dashboard/settings > Stream Key & Preferences > Disconnect Protection toggled on) to enable the Twitch Bridge screen when your connection is interrupted. When the Streamlabs's connection display constantly goes from full signal to low connection, Force Close the app (don't stop the stream), usually by going to your phone's Settings > Apps > Force Quit. Reopen the Streamlabs app within 90 seconds and start the stream again to fix the app when in a better service area.

Streamlabs also has Buddy Mode, when using a second phone to read chat buddy mode shows stream alerts and chat. Although it shows chat, you cannot type in chat yourself you can only read it.

StreamElements


StreamElements (Android Only) is a good alternative to Streamlabs. Once you login you can see 3 different views: Standard Camera View, Streamer View and Audience View. Under standard camera you can mute audio, mute video, enable flash or change screen orientation. Streamer view allows you to see your activity feed or show chat onscreen while streaming. Audidence view allows you to Enable/Disable stream alerts, change stream title and category. The great thing about StreamElements is the ability to also run in Companion mode, for your second phone to read chat. This allows you to see a split screen of stream alerts and chat. Unlike Streamlabs, StreamElement's Companion mode allows you to type in the chat as well.

To manage your alerts on mobile you need to first run the StreamElements app on your phone and a mobile alerts section will be created in your overlay dashboard on the website. Any alerts that you want to see on mobile will have to be setup through this overlay.

Sebbity's BitStream Mods


Feeling a bit adventurous? Check out Sebbity's BitStream Mods Sebbity has created a Mod for BitStream which features;

  • Automatic bitrate adjustment based on network speed
  • Manually change bitrate without killing your stream
  • Pre-emptive lag avoidance and faster recovery

It even allows you to adjust the bitrate on the fly. Please note: BitStream has an in-app purchase to remove the 'BitStream' logo watermark on your stream. Unfortunately it has been removed from the Google Play Store since it eventually turned into 'Streamlabs' but it seems to be available in the Australian play store if you can somehow change your store region you should be able to process the in-app purchase. You will need to be using an un-modded version of the app to buy it.

Pop into Sebbity's Discord if you have any other problems.

Devices


The Devices listed here are mentioned for their compatibility with the Streamlabs app, which is the most recommended way to stream to Twitch.

Samsung Galaxy S9+

The S9+ is the most popular option for IRL streamers for its cameras, reliable radios, and it's heat management. One quirk is that the front-facing camera constantly refocuses on the foreground. In the Streamlabs app click the Gear icon (settings) in the upper right > Camera enhance > Auto-focus > Macro, which should help the issue some.

Google Pixel 3

The Pixel 3 is not a recommended phone for streaming. The Pixel 3 features a built-in wide-angle lens which is very convenient. The chipset has issues with heat management in normal conditions and will turn off radios in order to cool down, so the stream will shut off unexpectedly or lag unacceptably.

Gimbals and Mounts


It's a good idea to use something to hold the phone. Gimbals keep the phone steady and provide a cinematic experience. Selfie sticks put distance between you and the phone. Mounts allow you to attach the phone to another object, like a backpack, bicycle, or car dashboard.