Twitch easily one of the best live streaming services out there. Despite having started to focus on the gaming audience, Amazon's live streaming service is no longer just a place to watch video games; now offers everything from replicas of classic TV shows to live broadcasts of artists, musicians and chefs. Although the Twitch interface is easy enough to interact with, it comes with a lot of useful features you may have missed. Well, then, if you are someone who uses a lot of Twitch and would like to learn some other tricks, read on, as we bring 12 best Twitch tips and tricks that you should definitely know:
Tips and tricks for viewers
1. Enable Theater mode
One of the simplest and most unknown functions for any spectator is the Theater mode. Sure, you can always go full screen, but theater mode lets you view notifications while you're completely immersed in the video stream. To do this, simply click on the Theater Mode icon at the bottom right of the Twitch video player. Now you will have a larger display area, while still being able to see the chat, plus a glossy black background that will help you keep your attention on the action.
2. Add two-factor authentication
Whatever you do on your Twitch account, protecting it will come in handy, especially when you trade using Bit, Twitch's virtual currency. In most cases, setting up a complex password is not sufficient and Twitch offers its users the ability to configure two-factor authentication. To configure 2FA on Twitch, go to Settings, choose Security and privacy and select "Enable two-factor authentication".
3. Create your own clips
So you looked at the entire game stream of your favorite streamer, but would like to show a specific part to your friends. Well, here's where Clip comes. You can easily create a custom clip of the entire video stream. To do this, simply click on the Clip icon at the bottom right of the video player or press Alt + X on the keyboard. From there, you can rename the clip, edit it and easily share it on your favorite social media platform.
4. Use the Audio Only mode on Twitch Mobile
Twitch also offers a mobile app for its viewers, allowing you to watch the streams and transmissions while on the move. But imagine if you are driving and simply want to listen to a specific flow? Well, here the audio only mode comes into play. Once you have the Twitch mobile app on iOS or Android, start simply a flow, do Click the settings icon and select the Audio Only mode. Now you can enjoy your favorite show without wasting all your mobile data.
5. Use Pulse (Twitch's social network)
Pulse essentially the integrated social network of Twitch, which lets you post status updates to your friends and followers, complete with fun images, video links and emojis. To use Pulse, simply enter some text in the large Pulse field directly on the Twitch home page. Furthermore, all links from Twitch, YouTube, Imgur, Gfycat and Vimeo are supported.
6. View advanced video statistics
Are you one of those who loves to see every nerd detail of the stream you're looking at? Well, then, enough press the settings icon and select Advanced> Show video statistics. You'll see everything from stream resolution and frame rate to the amount of memory the transmission is consuming. You can change the quality of your stream simply by selecting Settings> Quality.
7. View previous broadcasts
Just because your favorite stream is finished doesn't mean you can't catch up. A streamer also saves its streams to allow its viewers to watch them later. To watch archived broadcasts, go to your favorite channel and select Video. You will be able to look at everything the streamer has stored. You'll also see a replay of the chat room so you can see how the fans reacted to the great moments.
Tips and tricks for streamers
1. Hide the viewer count
Watching a low number of viewers on your stream can not only distract you but also demotivate. There have been so many times I've only streamed to a couple of my friends, and the counting of viewers has been so annoying to me. Thankfully, Twitch lets you hide it easily. Go directly to your Dashboard and under the Statistics section, click on the Views section to hide it. And this all.
2. Host your friends' channels
Hosting is a great way to entertain viewers, even when you're not streaming. To host a channel, go to your channel's chat room e type "/ host" followed by the name of the channel you want to show. Alternatively, if you want to automatically host other channels when you are offline, go to Settings> Channel and video and activate automatic hosting. Make sure you add some channels to your Host List so that Twitch knows what to show while you're away.
3. Become an affiliate
Thanks to the new Twitch Affiliate Program, you have a better shot than ever to make money with your flows. To be eligible for the Affiliate Program, you must have broadcast at least 500 total minutes in at least seven unique days in the last 30 days. If you are eligible, you should receive an email within a few weeks. You can check the entire list of requirements here. You'll also need an average of three simultaneous viewers and at least 50 followers.
4. Use third-party tools
As a streamer, Twitch offers you lots of features to use and interact with your audience. However, you can use some additional third-party tools to further improve the experience. For example, you can use KapChat to add Twitch chat to your stream. equipped with chat badges, username, emote colors and removal of messages in real time. Or maybe you'll like the Animated Social Media Popup. This tool displays each social media site icon / name on the screen for 10 seconds and scrolls the entire item every 5 minutes.
5. Change your Twitch name
So you registered on Twitch with any name you could invent and started using the service. But now you want to change the name of Twitch. Good, you can change your username on Twitch every 60 days. To do this, go to Settings and select Edit next to the Username field. However, keep in mind that your station's statistics will be reset every time you change your name and your old channel URL will not redirect to the new one. That being said, if you are a Twitch partner, changing your name will not affect the revenue you make and your old name will not be recycled. That said, you can change your Display Name whenever you want.
BONUS: Twitch Extensions
The idea of streaming on Twitch earn some money along the way, right? Well, Twitch recently announced a new feature for its 'Extensions' feature that will allow users to unlock specific parts of an extension by spending Bit, Twitch's virtual currency. With the new functionality, i developers will be able to customize parts of their extensions with interactive experiences. Viewers will be able to access these experiences in exchange for Bit. Moreover, 80% of the revenue generated by the extensions will go to the streamer, considering the fact that it is they who direct traffic to the extensions through their channel, while the rest goes to the developer of the extension. You can also read our article on how you will be able to generate revenue using Twitch extensions.
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Get more from Twitch with these tips and tricks
Well, that was all on our side. Many members of theGadget-Info.com team use Twitch on a daily basis, with some of us even streaming, and the list of tips and tricks above was taken care of with the help of each of us. Having said that, do you know something other users might not be aware of, and we've lost too? Let us know in the comments below.