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Best Apps for Getting Paid to Live Stream 2021: Expert Review

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We tested popular live-streaming apps to help you start making more money online. Why wait to get started? Check out our top 5!

Lou Barrett Writer
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Best Apps for Getting Paid to Live Stream 2021: Expert Review

Introduction

Looking for extra sources of income? Creating an online brand is a great way to create passive income over time. We reviewed 10 of the best streaming apps to see which ones are the best for making money and building a following. [*Feel free to change this but something like:*] In the end, Instagram reigned supreme as our favorite, but make sure to check out our other picks to help you decide on the best one for you.

Our Pick

Great for small business owners and creatives

  • Create & share photos, stories, & clips with the friends you love.

    4.4 Ratings 143M+ Reviews 1B+ Downloads
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases

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Instagram is great for creatives and entrepreneurs looking to build their audience.

Why we chose Instagram:

  • Great opportunities for business owners and creatives alike
  • Can be used to create a sales funnel, and find customers to buy products you sell outside of Instagram
  • Instagram is a popular app for brands to use to advertise, so you can work with brands to become an affiliate.
  • Great app for making money over time regardless of if you have 1k followers or 100k followers

Instagram allows you to essentially create a job, and there is infinite potential to earnings over time.

Read Instagram's Full Review
Runner Up

Ad generated Income

  • Enjoy your favorite videos and channels with the official YouTube app.

    4.2 Ratings 119M+ Reviews 5B+ Downloads
    Free
    Free In-App Purchases

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Youtube has been used as a means to create secondary income by users for years. Some use Youtube as their primary income source, so this is a great space for content creators of practically any kind.

Why we chose YouTube:

  • By offering something unique and building an audience, there are practically limitless ways to build income.
  • Youtube is a content creator’s paradise since it is a popular platform that people from every background and interest use.
  • Income can be generated through ad revenue for ads viewed before and during your videos.
  • Users can become a member of Youtube Premium to earn more for their ad views.

In order to create income, you must have something to offer. 

Read YouTube's Full Review
Also Groovy

The App for Gamers

  • Multiplayer Gaming, Live Esports & Gamer Chat: Watch Fortnite, Minecraft & PUBG

    4.5 Ratings 6M+ Reviews 100M+ Downloads
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases

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Twitch is a community-focused app centered around the gaming community. So if you are a gamer, this is the app for you.

Why we chose Twitch:

  • After meeting criteria such as 50 followers and an average of 3 reviews per stream, you can join the affiliate program and start getting paid
  • This app is made for gamers, so it’s a great place to form a community for gamers.
  • Viewers can donate Twitch Bits, which they pay for, as a way to pay gamers
  • Users can make more money, the more people view their streams.

Twitch is a great app for gamers to create income and connect with other gamers.

Read Twitch's Full Review
Also Groovy

The Power of New

  • Videos, Music & Live Streams

    4.5 Ratings 43M+ Reviews 1B+ Downloads
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases

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While TikTok has gained a ton of traction, it is still much newer than apps like Instagram and Facebook. Therefore there are less users. Less users means better chances of going viral and creating revenue overnight. 

Why we chose TikTok:

  • TikTok users can go live and receive coin donations from viewers similar to other apps covered in this article.
  • Users convert their coins into diamonds, which convert into PayPal money or cash.
  • Viewers can donate coins to users when they go live, which convert to cash
  • TikTok's newness factor makes it easier to go viral, get discovered, and create income overnight.
  • Creators and business owners can flaunt their skills and build a customer base.

TikTok has the freshness factor, and you can use that to your advantage.

Read TikTok's Full Review
Also Groovy

Tried and True

  • Find friends, watch live videos, play games & save photos in your social network

    4.1 Ratings 113M+ Reviews 5B+ Downloads
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases

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Facebook is a tried and true way of building a customer base for your business or creative endeavors, and its live features align perfectly with these goals.

Why we chose Facebook:

  • Facebook Live gives you an accessible way to interact with your community
  • Users can make money through ads that play during their video content similarly to Youtube
  • Paid subscription options allow users to make money from viewers who subscribe to their page.
  • Affiliations with other brands also help users create income.

Facebook is recognizable to so many people from different backgrounds, which makes it a great place to find a broad and diverse audience.

Read Facebook's Full Review

Everything We Recommend

  • Our Pick
    Instagram (from Facebook) allows you to create and share your photos, stories, and videos with the friends and followers you care about. Connect with friends, share what you're up to, or see what's new from others all over the world. Explore our community where you can feel free to be yourself and share everything from your daily moments to life's highlights.

    INSTA Reels bring you a new way to create and discover entertaining short videos. You can watch, like, comment, and share Reels videos in a dedicated space in Explore.

    *Watch & create short clips up to 15 seconds long with INSTA Reels.
    Add special effects, background music, face filters, emojis, and stickers to bring your ideas to life
    Upload your creative video clips and expand your audience with Explore
    Enjoy millions of entertaining, funny, and informative videos
    Watch & share any Instagram Reels video with your friends

    *Add photos and videos to your INSTA Story that disappear after 24 hours, and bring them to life with fun creative tools.
    Stories allow you to easily share moments or posts from your day with text, music, stickers, and GIFs to bring your Stories to life
    Share memes privately with your friends and have conversations
    Boomerangs loop any moment you capture for a fun mini-video while Superzoom lets you add special effects as the camera automatically zooms in
    Add polls to your Stories to get more interaction with friends and followers
    Choose specific Close Friends who can watch your video clips or make them public
    Pin your favorite memories to your profile to keep your Stories alive as Highlights

    * Message your friends in Direct
    Start fun conversations with one or more friends about what you see on Feed, Stories, and INSTA Reels.
    Video chat to connect no matter where you are
    Learn about what's trending from your favorite accounts and send them to friends
    Send messages to your friends, share posts privately, and receive chat notifications

    * Post photos and videos to your INSTA Feed
    Upload photos and videos directly from your phone library
    Share content with your followers instantly
    Post photos and videos to your feed that you want to show on your profile
    Post short videos or photo updates from moments in your life
    Receive notifications when someone likes or comments on your post

    *Search & Explore to Learn More About Your Interests
    * Follow your favorite bands, celebrities, actors, athletes, and singers for live updates
    * Watch skits, movie scenes, news updates, music performances, sports highlights, and more from your favorite pages
    * Check out IGTV for longer videos from your favorite INSTA creators.
    * Discover brands and connect with local small businesses
    * Shop for products that compliment your personal style.
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $0.99 - $4.99 per item
    $0.99 - $4.99 per item
  • Runner Up

    YouTube

    4.2 Ratings 119M+ Reviews 5B+ Downloads
    Get the official YouTube app on Android phones and tablets. See what the world is watching -- from the hottest music videos to what’s popular in gaming, fashion, beauty, news, learning and more. Subscribe to channels you love, create content of your own, share with friends, and watch on any device.

    Watch and subscribe
    ● Browse personal recommendations on Home
    ● See the latest from your favorite channels in Subscriptions
    ● Look up videos you’ve watched, liked, and saved for later in Library

    Explore different topics, what’s popular, and on the rise (available in select countries)
    ● Stay up to date on what’s popular in music, gaming, beauty, news, learning and more
    ● See what’s trending on YouTube and around the world on Explore
    ● Learn about the coolest Creators, Gamers, and Artists on the Rise (available in select countries)

    Connect with the YouTube community
    ● Keep up with your favorites creators with Posts, Stories, Premieres, and Live streams
    ● Join the conversation with comments and interact with creators and other community members

    Create content from your mobile device
    ● Create or upload your own videos directly in the app
    ● Engage with your audience in real time with live streaming right from the app

    Find the experience that fits you and your family (available in select countries)
    ● Every family has their own approach to online video. Learn about your options: the YouTube Kids app or a new parent supervised experience on YouTube at youtube.com/myfamily

    Support creators you love with channel memberships (available in select countries)
    ● Join channels that offer paid monthly memberships and support their work
    ● Get access to exclusive perks from the channel & become part of their members community
    ● Stand out in comments and live chats with a loyalty badge next to your username

    Upgrade to YouTube Premium (available in select countries)
    ● Watch videos uninterrupted by ads, while using other apps, or when the screen is locked
    ● Save videos for when you really need them – like when you’re on a plane or commuting
    ● Get access to YouTube Music Premium as part of your benefits
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    No
    $1.99 - $15.99 per item
  • Also Groovy
    Watch livestream gaming videos, Esports and any IRL broadcast on your Android device! Stream your favorite MMO RPG, strategy and FPS games for PS4, PC, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. Twitch gives you live streaming and gamer chat in the palm of your hand.

    Live chat as you watch gamers play everything from Overwatch to League of Legends. Watch PUBG showdowns, Minecraft sessions, Hearthstone matchups and stunning FIFA 18 goals. Multiplayer games not your thing? Livestream any IRL content you can think of, from art demos to animal videos!

    Twitch Live Streaming and Gamer Chat: TOP 3 FEATURES
    1. Watch gamers play Minecraft, Fortnite, PUBG, FIFA 18, League of Legends and much more. Stream content from the biggest MMO RPG, MOBA, strategy and FPS games out there, or settle in for nail-biting Esports tournaments.
    2. Live chat during any gaming, Esports and IRL broadcast. Talk Hearthstone strategy with fellow gamers or content yourself with live streaming art demos in silence.
    3. Broadcast your very own gaming content! Livestream your Overwatch killstreak on Xbox One, build Minecraft monoliths on Nintendo Switch, take down your Fortnite enemies on PS4, or show off your Hearthstone cards on PC!

    Twitch lets you watch gamers play any single or multiplayer games under the sun. With PUBG, FIFA 18, League of Legends, Overwatch and Fortnite videos on demand, you can really let your gaming flag fly. Join live chat to connect with your MOBA or MMO RPG community!
    + Stream interactive live news videos with exclusive content for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.
    + Watch unique programming: livestream anything from art demos, to Esports events, to music festivals!
    + Discover new multiplayer games and IRL videos with ease thanks to simple and intuitive navigation.
    + Switch to Dark Mode for those late night viewing and gamer chat sessions.

    Join the millions of hardcore and casual gamers who have found a place to connect over the MOBA or FPS games they love. Take your passion to the next level with Twitch!

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    For feedback and assistance, please visit our Support Center: https://help.twitch.tv

    Please note: This app features Nielsen’s proprietary measurement software which contributes to market research, like Nielsen’s TV Ratings. Please see http://priv-policy.imrworldwide.com/priv/mobile/us/en/optout.html for more information
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $1.99 - $299.50 per item
    $1.99 - $59.99 per item
    TikTok is THE destination for mobile videos. On TikTok, short-form videos are exciting, spontaneous, and genuine. Whether you’re a sports fanatic, a pet enthusiast, or just looking for a laugh, there’s something for everyone on TikTok. All you have to do is watch, engage with what you like, skip what you don’t, and you’ll find an endless stream of short videos that feel personalized just for you. From your morning coffee to your afternoon errands, TikTok has the videos that are guaranteed to make your day.

    We make it easy for you to discover and create your own original videos by providing easy-to-use tools to view and capture your daily moments. Take your videos to the next level with special effects, filters, music, and more.

    ■ Watch endless amount of videos customized specifically for you
    A personalized video feed based on what you watch, like, and share. TikTok offers you real, interesting, and fun videos that will make your day.

    ■ Explore videos, just one scroll away
    Watch all types of videos, from Comedy, Gaming, DIY, Food, Sports, Memes, and Pets, to Oddly Satisfying, ASMR, and everything in between.

    ■ Pause recording multiple times in one video
    Pause and resume your video with just a tap. Shoot as many times as you need.

    ■ Be entertained and inspired by a global community of creators
    Millions of creators are on TikTok showcasing their incredible skills and everyday life. Let yourself be inspired.

    ■ Add your favorite music or sound to your videos for free
    Easily edit your videos with millions of free music clips and sounds. We curate music and sound playlists for you with the hottest tracks in every genre, including Hip Hop, Edm, Pop, Rock, Rap, and Country, and the most viral original sounds.

    ■ Express yourself with creative effects
    Unlock tons of filters, effects, and AR objects to take your videos to the next level.

    ■ Edit your own videos
    Our integrated editing tools allow you to easily trim, cut, merge and duplicate video clips without leaving the app.

    * Any feedback? Contact us at https://www.tiktok.com/legal/report/feedback or tweet us @tiktok_us
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $0.99 - $99.99 per item
    $0.99 - $99.99 per item
    Keeping up with friends is faster and easier than ever. Share updates and photos, engage with friends and Pages, and stay connected to communities important to you.

    Features on the Facebook app include:

    * Connect with friends and family and meet new people on your social media network
    * Set status updates & use Facebook emoji to help relay what’s going on in your world
    * Share photos, videos, and your favorite memories.
    * Get notifications when friends like and comment on your posts
    * Find local social events, and make plans to meet up with friends
    * Play games with any of your Facebook friends
    * Backup photos by saving them in albums
    * Follow your favorite artists, websites, and companies to get their latest news
    * Look up local businesses to see reviews, operation hours, and pictures
    * Buy and sell locally on Facebook Marketplace
    * Watch live videos on the go


    The Facebook app does more than help you stay connected with your friends and interests. It's also your personal organizer for storing, saving and sharing photos. It's easy to share photos straight from your Android camera, and you have full control over your photos and privacy settings. You can choose when to keep individual photos private or even set up a secret photo album to control who sees it.

    Facebook also helps you keep up with the latest news and current events around the world. Subscribe to your favorite celebrities, brands, news sources, artists, or sports teams to follow their newsfeeds, watch live streaming videos and be caught up on the latest happenings no matter where you are!

    The most important desktop features of Facebook are also available on the app, such as writing on timelines, liking photos, browsing for people, and editing your profile and groups.

    Now you can get early access to the next version of Facebook for Android by becoming a beta tester. Learn how to sign up, give feedback and leave the program in our Help Center: http://on.fb.me/133NwuP

    Sign up directly here:
    http://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.facebook.katana

    Problems downloading or installing the app? See http://bit.ly/GPDownload1
    Still need help? Please tell us more about the issue. http://bit.ly/invalidpackage

    Facebook is only available for users age 13 and over.
    Terms of Service: http://m.facebook.com/terms.php.
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $0.99 - $399.99 per item
    $0.99 - $19.99 per item

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