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, if your viewers enjoy the hosted content, they will be notified through the banner that it is hosted. This article will 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 can 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 followers will increase, even if it’s by one person.
To host on Twitch
This article will 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, here's how you can 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 live stream playing as promoted by Twitch.
- Click on the icon in 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.’ You should see a "StreamChat" chatbox on the left of the screen. If that is not the case, click on the ‘Expand’ arrow on the top right of the screen to show it.
- Once the chatbox opens, click on the ‘Send a message’ box.
- To host a stream, you need to type a command 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, here's how you can go about it:
- On your phone’s home screen, tap 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 avatar in 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?
You can now entertain your viewers by hosting content from other channels without hassles. The commands are simple to follow. You can keep your viewers engaged whenever you're offline by broadcasting them hosted content.
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