How to Host on Twitch

Posted by StreamerStartup on May 28, 2020

Should I Host Someone on Twich?

Do you think you should host another twitch streamer after your stream is over? There are benefits to hosting other streamers on Twitch and a way to go about it.

Before you host another channel on the Twitch website, make sure to chat with your viewers and let them know what you are planning.

The last thing you want to do is throw your viewers into another streamer's chat with a host. 

Also, make sure you reach out and get permission from the actual streamer that you want to host. You don't want to ruin the flow of his stream or chat by hosting a large number of viewers into a smaller stream.

How Do I Host a Twitch Channel?

Hosting on Twitch isn't hard to do. You can use three of the following methods to host another streamer: by using your chat, using the twitch app, or by using the auto hosting feature.

Hosting a Channel Using Your Chat

Using your chat for hosting another streamer is the easiest method. Start by going to your channel and at the bottom right of your screen in your chat; you will need to type /host [channel]

The [channel] part will be the channel name or twitch account you wish to host. For example, if you want to host Dr. Disrespect's channel, you would enter /host drdisrespect to start hosting his channel.

How to host a Twitch channel

If you ever need to turn off host mode, type /unhost in chat to exit host mode.

How to unhost a Twitch channel

Hosting a Channel Using the Twitch App

In your Twitch app (Android Only), go to the Twitch channel you want to host and repeat the steps above to host that channel using your chat ( type /host to enter host mode or type /unhost to exit host mode).

If you are using the iOS app, you can host even easier. Go to the channel you want to host and click on the gear icon to bring up the channel settings at the bottom select Host [channel]

That's It.

Hosting a Channel Using the Auto Host Feature

The auto hosting feature is an excellent way to automate your twitch channel to auto host another channel. It will save you the time of having to pick another channel.

You will be able to select from multiple channels and create a list of streamers that you will auto host once you go offline. The way the hosted channel is selected is customizable. It is randomized, or it will follow the order of your list.

To set up auto hosting, you will need to go to your channel settings (click on your profile picture at the top right and click on Settings), then you will click on the Channel and Videos Tab.

Twitch Settings for auto host

You will need to scroll down the page until you see the Auto Hosting section. From there, turn on auto host channels, then you can select the priority hosting order (random or list), and last but not least, you can manage your host list.

Enable Auto Hosting on Twitch

Advantages of Hosting Another Twitch Channel

Your channel is always playing content for your audience/following.

It allows you to collaborate with other streamers to combine your audiences, and eventually, you will get more viewers in the long run when one of you is offline.

You might get hosted in return later on if you brought viewers to someone else's stream that interacted with their chat.

The other viewers in their channel might see you've hosted the streamer and might go and check your stream out the next time you are online or even follow you.

The streamer might even give you a shout out to you for hosting them, which allows yourself to "self advertise" to their audience.

Disadvantages of Hosting Another Twitch Channel

You can't control what the other streamer will show your viewers, and you should make sure ahead of time that they are someone you enjoy and that your audience would like.

Hosting random people on Twitch will usually get you nothing.

There's no guarantee that the streamer will ever host you back, and there's no incentive for them to do so as it can reduce their audience in the long run.

You're sending your audience to someone else's channel that they might like more than you. This is why it's essential to be someone your community loves to be around.

Your audience might have their host feature turned off from twitch extensions that will limit this feature.

How to Collaborate With Other Twitch Streamers

You will need to put in time and effort if you want others to host you. You're going to need to put some time aside for this.

First, you will need to follow and watch their twitch streams to get a sense of what they are streaming and see if they are a good match for your viewers.

Second, you will need to become a part of that twitch community. Be active, chat a lot, and join their twitch Discord if the streamer has one and becomes well-known and resourceful.

Do not ever advertise your stream in any community, its bad manners.

Finally, after a while, you're going to want to try and collaborate with the streamer.

Let the streamer know you'll be streaming as well, and you guys can have both your twitch viewers and theirs watching both streams at the same time so they can watch from your both Point of Views, which makes it way more exciting for everyone.

If you are having issues trying to find anyone to collaborate with, you should start by checking out who is streaming the same game as you and getting involved.

Make sure you check out social media such as Twitter. If you have some followers on Twitter that stream, they might keep an eye out for when you start streaming to host you.

There are plenty of people who are just starting that would love to do this with someone else.

In Conclusion

If you wanted to know how to host on Twitch, this short guide should've shown you how with the many benefits and problems that can arise from doing this.

To take advantage of the twitch host feature properly. Make sure to collaborate with others to try and grow together. Do not be selfish as it will be a turnoff, and no one will want to help you.

Do take advantage of Twitter. There are plenty of people on Twitter who would love to play the same games that you. Do this together to help each other grow your audiences.

Set up your Auto Host list for when you're done streaming. You will be able to get the most out of your channel when you are offline this way.

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