Here we explain how to host on Twitch via a desktop and a mobile device. For those who are interested in streaming, find out how to stream on Twitch, as well as our selection of the best streaming software and capture cards.
Hosting another Twitch channel is a fantastic way for a popular Twitch streamer to give exposure to a lesser-known channel.
This benefits not only the secondary channel, but also the owner of the main channel, because they do not have to rely on their own content.
In chat, you can enter / host your own channel’s chat and follow it with the user name of the target channel.
You can change the hosted channel three times per half hour and to disable hosting, just type / unhost.
Using the mobile application, you can host by clicking on the gear icon for the selected channel and choosing Host from the drop-down menu.
Finally, you can automatically host a channel by accessing your Twitch channel settings, enabling Auto Host, and choosing the channels you want to host.
Why should you host another channel
Hosting another user’s feed is completely optional and there is no requirement to be an active member of the Twitch community. There are several reasons why hosting can be a good idea though.
- This is a great way to show your audience what kind of streamers you like to watch.
- Hosting may offer some degree of free promotion for your channel. However, this will depend on the layout of the target channel (does it show the host names on the screen?) And if the broadcaster is the type of person to verbally mention those hosting. Often, guests get little or no credit for sending another viewer. Hostnames always appear in a special message with the target channel’s chat.
- Hosting another channel can be a fun way to end your own feed. Many Twitch streamers start manually hosting someone else as soon as they are aired and often encourage anyone watching them to connect to the hosted channel’s chat, say hello and follow them. This is called “the raid” and is a very common practice on Twitch.
- As a host for another channel, your account will remain prominently displayed in the Live Hosts category of the Twitch website and applications. This can lead to new users discovering your account and possibly following you.
Hosting can also be enabled from iOS and Android Twitch apps by clicking the gear icon on the selected channel and choosing the Host option from the drop-down menu.
How to Host on Twitch
The good news is that because you do not stream your videos yourself, you can set up hosting on Twitch not only on your PC or Mac, but also in a mobile way, with very little effort. We break down the tips how to host someone on twitch below:
On PC and Mac
- Visit the Twitch website, regardless of the browser supported, and sign in to your Twitch account. If you have not opened an account yet, you can create one here.
- Click your profile icon at the top right of Twitch’s website, then Channel to access your personal Twitch channel.
- On your channel, click the chat window to the right of the page and type / Host XX, replacing XX with the user name of the Twitch channel you want to host. It’s not as user friendly as Twitter or Instagram and does not fill automatically. So make sure the username is correct.
- If the channel you have chosen is streaming, you will see their stream appear on your page!
- To no longer host another channel, simply type / Unhost in your chat to remove it from your channel.
On the Mobile
- Download the Twitch app from the App Store or Google Play, depending on your mobile operating system.
- Open the app and sign in / create an account if you do not already have one.
- Tap your account icon: it’s on the top right on Android and on the top left on iOS.
- Tap the Chat tab to access the chat window of your channel.
- As on the desktop, type / Host XX, replacing XX with the user name of the channel you want to host.
- The accommodation should start immediately.
- To no longer host the string, type / unhost in your string discussion.