To host (a stream) on Twitch is to have a live stream that is going on in one channel running on your channel. Twitch enables you to host a live stream without any restrictions as it continues to build a communal sense among all its viewers and content creators on its platform.
Whenever viewers choose to host a stream, the source channel is usually notified. Also, when your viewers are enjoying hosted content, they will be notified through a banner that it is hosted. This article is going to guide you on how to host a stream on Twitch.
Why host a stream?
Hosting someone else’s stream is a way to show support for them. Also, you help them to attract more viewers because those who have subscribed to your channel can watch the hosted stream.
Mostly, smaller channels usually host bigger channels. This helps the smaller channels to get more attention. When you host a bigger channel, the best bet is that your number of followers will increase, even if it’s by one person.
To host on Twitch
This article is going to show you how to host on both the app (Android and iOS) and PC (Windows, macOS, and Linux). You need to have a Twitch account so if you don’t, sign up for one. Once that is done, go through the steps that follow.
On the website, this is how you go about it:
- Click on the Twitch.tv website.
- Enter your login details (username and password) to access your account. The website will open to a playing live stream as promoted by Twitch.
- Click on the icon at the top right corner (your profile’s avatar).
- On the displayed menu, click on the ‘Channel’ option. The page that opens shows the ‘Home’ tab of your channel.
- On the same line of tabs, click on ‘Chat’. On the screen that displays, you should see a ‘StreamChat’ chatbox on the left side. If that is not the case, click on the ‘Expand’ arrow that is on the top right of the screen to show it.
- Once the chatbox opens up, click on the ‘Send a message’ box.
- To host a stream, you need to type a command which is in this form: /host . Since it is assumed that you have the name of the channel you want to host in mind, type it. It should be something that looks like this:
/host averageaden (the name is not case sensitive)
- If the username is captured well, your screen will start to show the stream you’re hosting.
- To stop hosting the channel, type this command: /unhost.
On the app, this is how you go about it:
- On your phone’s home screen, tap on the Twitch icon to launch the app. Make sure that you are logged in to your account.
- When the app opens, tap on your profile’s avatar which is at the top left corner. This should open you up to your channel’s dashboard.
- On the channel’s dashboard, click on the ‘Chat’ tab.
- On the chatbox that shows, type the /host command. This should automatically switch you to the stream you want to host. To stop hosting, use the /unhost command (without mentioning the channel’s name).
Hosted or what?
Now, you can entertain your viewers by hosting content from other channels without any hassles. The commands are simple to follow. Whenever you’re offline, you can always keep your viewers engaged by broadcasting to them hosted content.