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What is a Twitch Host | How to Use It For More Viewers

Have you ever been on a Twitch channel and it says “such and such channel is hosting such and such channel”? Have you ever wondered what that means? Or are you a streamer and want to know more about hosting? Then keep reading because we talk all about hosting on Twitch down below.

What is a Host on Twitch

Hosting is a feature on Twitch that allows streamers to broadcast another Twitch streamer’s channel on their own channel. A streamer who is hosting another channel will still have their own chat and viewers, but their stream will feature the hosted channel’s stream. Hosting can be done by all Twitch users.

Hosting is a great networking tool on Twitch and even better you don’t have to be a Twitch Affiliate or a Twitch Partner in order to host another channel on your stream.

For me what makes hosting such a great networking tool is the fact that many channels have alerts whenever they are hosted by another streamer. These alerts will flash on screen and so it is kind of like a giant billboard advertising your stream on another channel.

And from time to time you will get people who see that you hosted the channel that they were on and they will go and check out your channel. This can lead to more viewers, more followers and more minutes watched on your channel.

Another thing I like about hosting is that you can host a channel for a bit and then un-host the channel. I’ll show you how below.

How to Host on Twitch

To host on Twitch follow these steps:

  1. Log into your Twitch account.
  2. Click on your profile icon and click on your “Creator Dashboard”.
  3. Now click on “Stream Manager”.
  4. In your Twitch chat type “/host [channel you want to host]” (without the quotation marks or brackets).
  5. Click enter and your channel will now be hosting that channel.

If you need some more help here are some images to help walk you through it.

Log into your Twitch account. Click on your profile icon and click on your “Creator Dashboard”.

Creator Dashboard

Now click on “Stream Manager”. In your Twitch chat type “/host [channel you want to host]” (without the quotation marks or brackets). Click enter and your channel will now be hosting that channel.

Stream Manager and Your Chat

You can also host a channel by clicking the “Host a Channel” button in your stream manager and then choosing the channel that you want to host. If that button is not there then you will need to add it by clicking the “+” button and adding it as one of your quick actions.

This is what it will look like if you decide to host a channel this way.

Host a Channel Button

Note: If you decide that you want to switch the channel you are hosting, you would do so by following the steps above and just entering a new channel; however you can only change which channel you host 3 times every 30 minutes.

If you are on mobile here is how you would host a channel on Twitch.

How to Host on Twitch Mobile

To host a channel on Twitch mobile follow these steps:

  1. Log into your Twitch account and then go to the channel that you want to host.
  2. Tap the screen and then click on the share button (this button will look different for Android and Apple).
  3. Click on “Host” and the channel will now be hosted on your channel.
  4. To stop hosting just click “Unhost”.

Here are some screenshots to help you. But just so you know I am using Android and so it might look slightly different if you are using an Apple phone.

Tap the screen and then click on the share button (this button will look different for Android and Apple).

Share Button on Android

Click on “Host” and the channel will now be hosted on your channel.

Click Host

You can also host a channel on mobile by going into your own Twitch chat and typing “/host [channel you want to host]” (without the quotation marks) and then hitting enter or send.

How to Stop Hosting on Twitch

If you want to stop hosting a channel, follow these steps:

  1. Log into your Twitch account.
  2. Go to your “Creator Dashboard” and then go to “Stream Manager”.
  3. Now go to your chat and type “/unhost” (without the quotation marks) and click enter.
  4. Your channel will now stop hosting other channels.

Unlike hosting, you do not have to type in the name of the channel that you want to un-host.

/unhost

As you can see hosting and un-hosting on Twitch is all very simple. If you need more help with the process you can check out my Youtube video below.

Oh and sub to the Youtube channel while your add it because I come out with streaming tips Monday-Friday.

But did you know that you can not only host a channel when you are live, but you can also host a channel when you are offline as well.

How to Host a Twitch Channel When Offline

To host a channel on Twitch when you are offline follow these steps:

  1. While logged in, click on your profile icon and go to “Settings”
  2. Click the “Channel and Videos” tab
  3. Click the “Featured Content” tab
  4. Go to the “Auto Hosting” section and click “Host List”
  5. Add channels you would like to host when offline
  6. Return to the “Auto Hosting” section and turn on “Auto Host Channels”

After you have completed these steps your channel will now auto-host the channels you have added to your host list whenever your channel is not online.

If you need some more help I have put some screen shots below to help walk you through it.

While logged in, click on your profile icon and go to “Settings”

Settings

Click the “Channel and Videos” tab

Channel and Videos

Click the “Featured Content” tab and go to the “Auto Hosting” section and click “Host List”

Featured Content to Host List

Add channels you would like to host when offline

Host List

Return to the “Auto Hosting” section and turn on “Auto Host Channels”

Auto Host Channels

Also, it is important to note that you can change your hosting priority as well. You can choose to host channels randomly or by the order that they appear on your host list.

It is you call, but for me personally I choose to host streamers randomly from my list.

How to Auto-Host on Twitch

Auto-Hosting is similar to hosting when offline, but if you want to auto-host on Twitch here is how you do it:

  1. While logged in, click on your profile icon and go to “Settings”
  2. Click the “Channel and Videos” tab
  3. Click the “Featured Content” tab
  4. Go to the “Auto Hosting” section and click “Host List”
  5. Add channels you would like to host when offline
  6. Return to the “Auto Hosting” section and turn on “Auto Host Channels”

If you need additional help you can use some of the screen shots I posted above to help walk you through it.

Auto-hosting and hosting channels when you are offline are a great way to network and to support each other as streamers. In fact Twitch states that you may be able to see a roughly 10% increase in minutes watched if you get 10 of your peers to auto-host you.

For me personally I prefer to raid other streamers as opposed to hosting them. If you want to know more about raiding on Twitch you can check out my article here. Also, if you want to know the difference between raiding and hosting then you can see my article here.

As always, if you have any questions or just want to hang with me, stop by my Twitch channel here and say what’s up!

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Sources

https://help.twitch.tv/s/article/how-to-use-host-mode?language=en_US

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