If you’re sitting on the fence about whether you should host on Twitch or not, keep on reading. Hosting another Twitch channel is, in fact, one of the most common and effective ways that allow streamers to offer their viewers content, even when they’re not airing their streams.
Why should you host on Twitch?
When you’re hosting a Twitch channel on your stream, you’re airing the live stream from another channel, with your stream being offline. It’s excellent as you’re promoting another Twitch user and his/her streams while providing your viewers the chance to engage content when you’re not streaming. It’s similar to killing two birds with a single stone.
When you’re hosting another Twitch channel on your stream, you may nourish connections with other streamers which may benefit both of you. Each of you has control over the content you’re hosting on the stream, while the viewers enjoy the content when you’re off line.
Let’s clear things out, though. Hosting on Twitch is entirely optional, and it has nothing to do with your level of activity on the Twitch community. It’s instead a tactical method that many successful Twitch streamers rely on nowadays.
Hosting on Twitch is rather simple, and there are several ways to do it. Keep scrolling for the details.
Hosting a different channel via Twitch chat
Using your channel’s Twitch chat is the easiest way to host on Twitch. When your stream is offline, you only type/host and then the user name of the Twitch channel you’re about to host on your stream into your chat. Continue with pressing Enter.
When you’re hosting channels on your stream through the Twitch chat, you may always change the channel that you’re hosting three times every 30 minutes. When you no longer want to host, you may type Unhost into the chat and press Enter afterward.
You may also host channels with the help of Auto-Host
It’ss one of the most common options when hosting various users. When you decide to use the Auto-Host feature, you may develop a list of channels (it’s better that you air content that resembles what you broadcast. Pick something that is appropriate and attracts your typical audience too). Twitch is going to choose one from that list automatically, starting the hosting when your stream goes offline.
Another significant part about Auto-Host is that you may customize it so that it picks a channel to host in a random way or according to the order that you’ve decided for the list.
Here are the steps to take for enabling and customizing the Auto-Host function on Twitch:
- Go to Twitch website
- Go to the top-right corner of your screen and click your username
- When the dropdown menu pops, click the Dashboard
- Pay attention to the left pane and go all the way down to the Settings area. Choose Channel
- Now keep going down to the Auto Hosting section, enabling the Auto-Host channel option
- There are several options in those sections that you can set according to your needs.
- You should continue with clicking on Host List
- You end by adding the channels you like to host on your stream when your stream goes offline.
Did you ever try hosting channels via the Twitch mobile app?
If none of the previous methods doesn’t work for you or if you want to try something else, you may always host another user’s stream through the Twitch mobile app for iOS devices and Android.
- Go to the channel you intend to host later on
- Tap on the Gear icon
- Continue with tapping on Host from the dropdown menu that is going to show.
What about getting another streamer host your channel?
Since you’re able to host other channels on your stream, it’s rational that you can also get hosted, right? There is no apparent reason for which other streams shouldn’t be capable of hosting the channel on their streams.
However, you may need to increase interest to other Twitch users for hosting your channel on their streams when they go offline. Here are some tips for you to keep in mind:
- Start with convincing your viewers to host you. If you’ve been on Twitch for a while now, you may have asked your users to follow you and even subscribe to your stream already. It’s pretty common amongst the Twitch users to support one another and giving their favorite streamers a help. Nine times out of ten, your viewers are going to be willing to help and host your channel when they go offline.
- It’s a good idea to create a visible host list on your stream. Include it to the stream layout (you can use StreamLabs- a comprehensive set of tools to use for your Twitch streams). When your ordinary viewers notice that you always show the names of your hosts on your streams, they may also want to host your stream on their channel. It’s one way for them to get on that list.
- Have a chat with your friends. Even if strangers may host your stream on their channels, the chances for your friends to do it are way higher. Streamers are friendly by definition, and they need to be so to become successful.
What are the benefits of hosting on Twitch?
Even if the advantages of hosting on Twitch are apparent for many, a detailed list is going to help a lot more:
- When you’re hosting channels on your stream, your viewers get to see which content floats your boat. It helps your viewers know you better, which counts so much for a streamer
- If you’re hosting on your stream, your stream is seldom idle since you’re always offering your viewers content to enjoy.
- The chance for your stream to gain prime real estate in the Live Hosts category isn’t slim when you’re hosting channels. It means more exposure to the Twitch website and mobile apps. It all comes back to you.
- Hosting a channel is going to give you some free promotion on the channel you’re hosting (take it with a grain of salt). Bear in mind that the amount of free publicity relates to whether the hosted stream shows the name of the host or not. Many hosted streamers are great like that, and they mention their hosts while streaming, with the name of the channel displayed with a special message in the chat.
- When you’re hosting on your stream, you’re not investing per se. You don’t lose anything since your stream is offline.
One recommendation before you start hosting!
The main downside to hosting is that you only control the channels, but not the content that the channel is airing. Therefore, when the hosted streams content that has nothing to do with your target audience (nor it’s appropriate), you cannot do anything about it. Are you willing to take that chance?