How to Use Periscope for the First Time

By Sara . Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Use Periscope for the First Time

Periscope is a live video streaming app created by Kayvon Beykpour and Joe Bernstein. The creators of the app came up with the idea when the protests in Taksim Square in Turkey started. They were following the information on Twitter, but they wanted to see what was happening there. That's when they came with the idea of starting a live video streaming app. The company they created was called Bounty, but Twitter rapidly acquired it. In January 2015, Twitter bought the company before it was publicly lanunched and changed it name to Periscope.

With this app you can both watch and share live video broadcasts no matter where you are in the world. In this OneHowTo article we explain you how to use Periscope for the first time.

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Twitter Account

The first thing that you need to know about Periscope is that you can’t use it unless you have a twitter account. This is because the live videos through periscope are broadcasted on Twitter. If you don’t have one then you must create an account on Twitter.

Log in

The first thing you need to do is download the Periscope app. It is available for iOS and Android, so if you have any of these systems on your phone you'll be able to use the app. However, it is important to mention that some older versions of Android don't allow you to download the app, so if you have an old phone you might not be able to use Periscope.

When you have the app on your phone you'll need to log in. Before logging in into your Periscope account you need to launch the app on your phone. So, locate the icon of Periscope app and then tap on it. The welcome screen of Periscope will open automatically. There tap on the button “Sing in with Twitter”. Then an authorization message appears where you need to tap the OK button so that Periscope can have access to your twitter account.

Finally tap on the button “Create account” and you are ready to start using Periscope.

Option to follow people

The first thing that will appear on your screen after your account creation is some suggestions on following the most featured people on twitter and those whom you already follow on twitter. After following the people you want you need to tap on the "Done" button on the top of right hand corner.

View your Dashboard

Finally you would be taken to your personal dashboard from where you can watch recent broadcasts and also broadcast your own live video.

To watch a live video

To watch a live video you must tap on the name of the person. If the person is currently streaming then a “LIVE” flag appears in the person’s box. If none of the people you are following is live then you can use the “View Global List” to know people who are streaming live from all over the world.

After watching the video you can tap on the “X” button to exit the video.

How to Use Periscope for the First Time - To watch a live video

Broadcast your own video

To make your own live video on Periscope, at first tap on the camera icon at the bottom of the menu. Then tap on “Enable Camera”. A request will be generated asking permission to access the phone’s camera. Tap on the OK button. Then you should tap on “Enable Microphone” button so that your mobile’s microphone can be used for the live video.

Before broadcasting write an introduction about your video. To write it, tap on the text field at the top of “Broadcast Now” screen. Then tap on “Start Broadcast” button. Your live video will start. Enjoy!

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