How to Stream Procreate on Twitch and YouTube [2 super easy methods]

If you have landed here, you must be a digital artist using Procreate. It is the go-to software for those of us who like to use our iPads for creating digital art and drawing.

Being a digital artist myself, I love the freedom that Procreate provides its user. It’s super intuitive and highly responsive. What’s more, with the iPad, you can carry it with you, wherever you want. This makes it an aspiring art streamer’s best friend.

Now without further adieu, let’s find out how to stream Procreate on Twitch and YouTube!

Requirements on how to stream Procreate on Twitch and YouTube

To know how to stream Procreate on Twitch and YouTube, you require 5 basic hardware and software, listed below.

  1. iPad
  2. Screen mirroring software (Paid or Free)
  3. Streaming software (OBS / Streamlabs etc.)
  4. Desktop / Laptop
  5. Procreate on iPad OS

How to stream Procreate on Twitch and YouTube?

You can stream Procreate on Twitch by directly streaming from your Twitch app on an iPad or using streaming software like OBS from a PC or Mac to stream on Twitch or YouTube.

Both methods have their own pros and cons which I have listed below, so choose according to your requirements.

For streaming Procreate on YouTube, you will have to use streaming software like OBS on a PC/ Mac. The functionality of streaming directly to YouTube from the iPad is currently missing. Follow Method 2 from the options below.

  • Method 1 (Stream Procreate on Twitch using the Twitch app on the iPad)

You can directly use the Twitch app from your iPad to stream Procreate on Twitch. You do not need to install any other app or hardware to get started.

  • Method 2 (Stream Procreate on Twitch or YouTube using streaming software from a PC or a Mac)

You can use streaming software like OBS to stream on Twitch or YouTube with overlays. It will give you customization options and make your stream more appealing.

Pros and Cons of both methods on how to stream Procreate on Twitch or YouTube

Pros and Cons Method 1
Stream Procreate using Twitch app on the iPad
[only for Twitch]
Method 2
Stream Procreate using Streaming software on a PC or Mac
[Twitch and YouTube]
Pros1. Easier to setup
2. No extra hardware/ software is required
1. More engaging stream with overlays and camera
2. More options and freedom to choose from
3. Easier to interact and chat with the audience
4. Familiar setup with audience
Cons1. Less engaging with no frills and custom layouts
2. No camera setup to show your face
3. Difficult to interact with the audience
4. Only streams to Twitch
1. Extra hardware/software required
2. Can have an additional cost
Pros and Cons of methods on how to stream Procreate on Twitch and YouTube

Let us look at how to stream procreate on Twitch and YouTube using both methods in detail.


Method 1 – Stream Procreate on Twitch using the Twitch app on the iPad

Streaming Procreate to Twitch directly via the Twitch app is the easiest method to start without the bells and whistles.

First, you will need to know how to start a Twitch stream on iPad. For that, you can enable the screen recorder app from the control centre and use it to broadcast your iPad screen to Twitch directly.

You can then open the procreate app on an iPad and your stream would have that on screen. You can also enable the microphone to converse with your audience.

However, you will not be able to see the chat or have a camera for your Twitch stream. It is an effective but basic setup. You can follow the step-by-step instructions below on “how to Stream Procreate on Twitch free using the Twitch app” to set this up.

Step 1- Add the “Screen Recording” option in “Control Centre”

Follow the below steps on how to start a Twitch stream on iPad.

  1. Open the Settings menu on the iPad and go to the Control Centre
Control centre in Settings of iPad
How to stream iPad screen on Twitch: Control Centre menu in Settings of iPad
  1. Select the “Screen Recording” option and add it to the Controls section by clicking the “+” sign.
where to find Screen recording option in control centre
How to stream iPad screen on Twitch: Screen recording option in the Control Centre

Step 2- Install Twitch and Procreate app on iPad and log in

  1. Install the Twitch app from AppStore on your iPad and log in with your account details
  2. Install and open the Procreate app on your iPad

Step 3- Press and hold the Screen Recording icon to broadcast

  1. Swipe down from the top right side to reveal the Control Centre menu
Swipe down from top right to open control centre
How to stream iPad screen on Twitch: Swipe down from the top right to open the Control Centre
  1. Find the “Screen Recording” icon in the Control Centre menu
  2. Press and hold the icon for a few seconds. A list of compatible apps to broadcast would appear
Hold the screen recording icon to make the menu appear
How to stream iPad screen on Twitch: Hold the Screen Recording icon to make the menu appear
  1. Tap on the Microphone icon on the options menu to enable your voice while streaming

Step 4- Start broadcast to Twitch to begin Livestream

  1. Select Twitch from the dropdown option and tap on Start Recording, it will start the Livestream broadcast
  2. Open your Procreate app to make it appear on your Twitch stream. You can speak directly to your iPad, the microphone would broadcast your voice to the stream as well
  3. To stop the Livestream, Swipe down again from the top right to reveal the Screen Recorder icon where you can stop the broadcast

Now, let’s look at another method on how to stream procreate on Twitch using a PC or a Mac.


Method 2- Stream Procreate on Twitch or YouTube using streaming software from a PC or a Mac

You can use streaming software like OBS/ Streamlabs to start streaming on Twitch or YouTube. Though for this method, you will need to have screen mirroring software if you are using a PC.

Mirror Procreate from your iPad to your PC/ Mac using a screen mirroring app or Airplay. Add the mirrored procreate app as a source to the streaming software. Overlay your camera and chat onto your streaming software and start streaming on Twitch or YouTube.

Since a PC uses Miracast and the iPad uses Airplay, you will need a separate third-party application to mirror the display of your iPad to a PC.

In case you are using a Macbook, there are plenty of inbuilt options using Airplay to mirror your iPad display to your Macbook.

Please read below, for sections with step-by-step instructions on how to stream Procreate on Twitch or YouTube from a Macbook or a PC.


Stream via Macbook

How to Stream Procreate on Twitch or YouTube from an iPad using a Macbook?

Step 1- Install Zoom and create a meeting

  1. Download Zoom to your Macbook and install the application.
  2. Make sure your iPad and Macbook are connected to the same WiFi network
  3. Login to the Zoom app and click on the “New Meeting” icon
Four icons with a pointer towards new meeting icon
Click on New Meeting

Step 2- Share iPad screen using AirPlay

  1. Click on the “Share Screen” icon at the bottom bar of the Zoom window
  2. Click on “iPhone/iPad via AirPlay” on the screen share menu
screen with options to select
Select Airplay after screen sharing
  1. Install the plugin to activate Airplay, in case it asks you to do that
a plugin download request
Allow the download to the plugin
  1. Once you install the plugin, it will start the Airplay on your Macbook.
  2. Ensure that your Macbook and iPad are connected to the same WiFi network. It will display the message to connect your iPad
Instructions to connect written on screen of macbook
Instructions to connect iPad with Macbook

Step 3- Connect the iPad to the screen mirroring option

  1. Go to your iPad, Swipe down from the top right to reveal the “Control Centre” menu
  2. Tap the Screen Mirroring icon from the Control Centre menu
drop down icon list from control center
Screen mirroring icon in control center
  1. Once you tap the Screen Mirroring icon, it will show Zoom’s airplay option in the list.
  2. Select the name of the Zoom device as shown on your Macbook screen
Zoom' macbook air written under screen mirroring option
Select “Zoom Macbook Air” under the screen mirroring option
  1. Once you click on the right name, it will start the screen mirroring on your Macbook
Photo of a lady shown on a macbook screen
Screen mirror Procreate on Macbook

Step 4- Setup Procreate on OBS and Stream to Twitch or Youtube

  1. Open OBS/ Streamlabs, Go to the scene where you want to show your Procreate app
  2. Create a new “Window Capture” source in the Source panel of the scene
menu list of items highlighting window capture text
Select Window capture as a source
  1. Select the Zoom screen sharing window in the drop-down menu. It might be named differently, for me, it was named “[airhost] AirHost”
text written on the drop down menu
Select [airhost]AirHost in the window capture drop down
  1. Once you select the zoom window, Your iPad would appear on the Scene
  2. Set up your camera, overlays, etc. Connect your OBS to your Twitch or YouTube account and you are ready to stream to Twitch or YouTube
photo of a lady on a computer screen
Add Procreate on OBS

Now let us look at the method on how to stream Procreate on Twitch or YouTube, if you are using a windows PC.


Stream via Windows

How to Stream Procreate on Twitch or YouTube from an iPad using a PC?

Step 1- Install a screen mirroring app to your PC

Install a screen mirroring app according to your liking. I have used a free screen mirroring app called Airdroid Cast. You can use any other app as well to cast to PC.

  1. Go to the Airdroid cast website and download the windows version of Airdroid cast.
  2. Install the Airdroid application to your PC.
image of pc icons with an arrow pointing in the middle
Download Airdroid to PC
  1. Open the application to view the QR code to be used in Airdroid cast.
masked QR code with number at the bottom
Open Airdroid for QR code

Step 2- Install the Airdroid cast app on the iPad

  1. Open your iPad and install the Airdroid cast app from the Appstore
Airdroid app icon with text
Download Airdroid cast app from AppStore
  1. Open the Airdroid app
  2. Scan the QR code or enter the number displayed shown in your PC
arrow pointing towards where to find the scanner
Tap the scan icon to open the camera

Step 3- Mirror iPad display to PC

  1. Once you scan the PC QR code from your iPad, grant permission to cast the iPad display
Pop up asking to grant screen casting permission
Grant permission to cast on PC
  1. It will establish the link from your iPad to your PC. Make sure you are connected to the same WiFi network
  2. Voila, now your iPad screen would appear as a window on your PC
  3. Open Procreate on your iPad to cast it on the PC
Drawing on procreate displayed on Airdroid app
Drawing on Procreate displayed on Airdroid app

Step 4- Setup Procreate on OBS and Stream to Twitch or Youtube

  1. Open OBS/ Streamlabs, Go to the scene where you want to show your Procreate app
  2. Create a new “Window Capture” source in the Source panel of the scene
menu list of sources highlighting window capture
Select Window capture as a source in OBS
  1. Select the [Airdroid Cast] application from the drop-down menu. If the name does not appear in the list, check the “Show Windows with empty names” option and try again
Airdroid cast selected in drop down and show windows with empty name option ticked
Select [Airdroid Cast] from the drop-down menu
  1. Once you select the [Airdroid Cast] window, Your iPad would appear on the scene
  2. Set up your camera, overlays, etc. Connect your OBS to your Twitch or YouTube account and you are ready to stream to Twitch or YouTube

Final Thoughts

If drawing is your passion then you must like the Procreate app. It is a fun, easy-to-use, and super intuitive application.

Streaming Procreate to Twitch or YouTube has never been so easy. Whether you are a beginner to streaming or a pro. You can share your creations with your audience easily.

I have mentioned both options on how to stream Procreate on Twitch or YouTube, where you can connect with your audience at your own convenience. Be it streaming directly from your iPad or by customizing using OBS.

Go ahead and show your amazing skills. Happy drawing and streaming!

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