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Facebook Live not working on Android and PC? Here’s a fix

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Facebook Live is just one of the options this social platform offers in 2022. It’s a great way to reach out to your community or share your endeavors in real time with friends and family. However, some users report that Facebook Live is not working for them. If you’re among those users — worry not. We can help you fix it in no time.

Why is Facebook Live not working?

Facebook Live might not be working because of network issues, server-side problems (Facebook’s blame), lack of necessary permissions, or local data corruption.

Clearing local data, granting necessary permissions, and resetting the app are good ways to fix these problems.

1. Check the network

The first thing to check is the network. Make sure that you’re connected to a stable Wi-Fi network and, in case you use mobile data, ensure that Facebook has permission to use it in System Settings.

If you experience network issues in other apps, as well, restart your device and the router, forget the network and reconnect again or, follow some other steps we provided in this article.

On the other hand, if you can’t use Facebook Live on mobile data, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select Apps.
  3. Open Facebook.
  4. Tap Mobile data.
  5. Make sure that Facebook has permission to use mobile data.facebook live not working

2. Clear Facebook data and check permissions

If you look for an app that piles most data locally, look no more. Facebook will store a ton of local data which is really strange for the online-based social media platform. In the long run, this gets quite counterproductive and, instead of improving app performance, it does quite the contrary — slows it down and causes all sorts of problems.

Also, we suggest granting all permissions to Facebook. You don’t have to give it Location and Contacts but Camera and Microphone permissions are necessary for Facebook Live to work.

Here’s how to clear Facebook data and grant the app necessary permissions in System Settings:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Apps and then open Facebook from the list of available apps.
  3. Tap Storage.
  4. Clear all data and go back. Check if there are additional permissions in the App Info screen. For example, allowing Facebook to appear on top of other apps is a good idea.facebook live not working
  5. After that, open Permissions.
  6. Grant Facebook Camera and Microphone permissions.
  7. Open the app, sign in again, and try starting a Facebook Live session.

3. Reinstall the app or sideload a newer/older version

Finally, if you still can’t seem to make things work, we recommend either reinstalling the app from the Play Store or using an APK to sideload the latest Alpha version of Facebook. In comparison to the majority of other major platforms, it seems that, strangely enough, Facebook and Instagram work absolutely the best in their Alpha versions. And you won’t get those on the Play Store.

We already explained how to sideload an APK. However, instead of going for an older version, in this case, we suggest getting the latest available Facebook Alpha version.

4. Tips for PC users

If you’re a PC user that has issues with Facebook Live in Chrome, Firefox, or any other browser, we have a few tips for you. The most important thing is to keep the browser up to date and give necessary permissions to Facebook. Also, you might want to clear browsing data completely or focus just on Facebook.

So, once you clear the data and disable extensions for Facebook, click on the padlock icon in the address bar and open Site settings. Once there, locate the Camera and Microphone options and set Allow for both. Some suggest downloading Chrome Beta and using it rather than the public version with all the aforementioned tweaks, although we can’t confirm that this will solve your problems.

And, on that note, we can conclude this article. Thank you for reading and feel free to tell us if these steps helped you or not in the comments section below. We always look forward to hearing from you.

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Aleksandar Ognjanovic

Managing editor at Mobile Internist. @lemmingspain My fascination with mobile technology, particularly Android and iOS, began years ago and continues today. I'm captivated by the constant evolution in the smartphone industry and its impact on our daily lives, always anticipating the next big innovation. That’s the main reason why I found myself writing instructive content on the subject for users who are not as familiar with all the bells and whistles.
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