Moderating your Twitch channel isn’t easy, especially if you intend to do it all by yourself. When your viewer count starts growing, this becomes even more difficult.
A potential solution to this problem is granting moderator privileges to a few trusted viewers, but even this might not be enough to keep your chat under control.
Fortunately, Twitch’s rapid rise in popularity over the years has resulted in developers putting their skills and creativity to good use, making the platform far more enjoyable both for streamers and their audience.
Welcome to the world of Twitch bots, with auto-moderation and useful commands available with just the press of a button.
This guide will introduce you to Nightbot and help you add it to your Twitch channel.
Let’s get started with the basics!
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What Is Nightbot?
As stated on the official website, Nightbot is a multi-platform bot that automates your channel’s chat moderation and helps streamers save time and avoid frustration.
It features an easy-to-navigate dashboard with good customization, commands and spam filters, and solid community and developer support. Last but not least, it is a cloud-hosted bot, meaning you won’t need to download or install anything to get it up and running on your channel, which appeals to many users.
Nightbot is one of the most popular choices for moderation bots among the streaming community, along with other leading picks such as Moobot, which we look at in one of our previous guides.
If you’ve used Twitch a few times before, you are likely familiar with Nightbot or have seen it in action at least once, as many of the world’s most popular streamers use it on their channels. Examples include Ninja, a top-tier Twitch streamer, and Stewie2K, a first-person-shooter superstar.
With that said, you are probably already looking forward to installing Nightbot on your channel. Read on to learn how to do that.
How To Get Nightbot On Twitch
To add Nightbot to your channel, you only need to sign up with your Twitch account. The same also applies to other platforms.
As mentioned above, this is a cloud-based bot, meaning you won’t have to download a setup or install any files on your system.
Here’s how to do it step by step:
- Open Nightbot’s homepage in your preferred browser and click Sign Up!, a bright blue button located in the center of the page.
- Choose the account you want to use to sign up. In this case, it should be your Twitch account. Note: You won’t need to create a new Twitch, YouTube, or Trovo account.
- After logging in, you will be redirected to the authorization page. Here, you need to grant Nightbot the necessary permissions to perform specific tasks on your channel. Read the list thoroughly, and click Authorize to proceed.
You have now successfully added Nightbot to your Twitch channel. To continue setting it up, add custom commands, functions, and much more, check out the next section of this guide.
Setting Up Nightbot
You have already completed the first part of the process, which is authorizing Nightbot on your channel. To unlock its full potential, you need to grant it moderator permissions and customize the rest of the functions based on your needs.
Note: You can make Nightbot a chat moderator by opening your stream, joining the chat room, and typing in: /mod nightbot, followed by !nightbot rejoin.
Here’s how to set up Nightbot.
- Open Nightbot’s website in your chosen browser and log in using your Twitch account. If you followed the steps in the section above, you should already be logged in when the website loads.
- Open the dashboard. You can also do this by typing “nightbot.tv/dashboard” into your browser’s URL bar, but this will only work if you are already logged in. Bookmarking the dashboard is a good idea.
- Now that you’re in Nightbot’s dashboard, you can customize almost everything the bot has to offer.
As every Twitch channel is different, and so are the streamer’s needs, we can’t really tell you what to customize inside Nightbot’s dashboard.
However, there are a few major reasons why Nightbot is the top choice of many Twitch channels. Understanding what they are could help you determine what your channel needs.
Read the next section for more information on this.
Ways To Use Nightbot To Improve Your Twitch Channel
The main goal of many Twitch streamers is to grow their channels and form a community. To do this, you need to focus on marketing and advertising.
Unfortunately, this work can be overwhelming if you’re already focused on streaming.
Thankfully, one of the most popular Nightbot features is the ability to send automated messages at designated intervals. You can set these messages to showcase your social media profiles and remind viewers to follow you if they haven’t already.
There are a huge number of things you can do using Nightbot’s commands. These include special greetings to first-time viewers, messages to subscribers, automatic link deletion, permission granting, and much more.
In one of our guides, we have a section showcasing examples of Twitch commands for different channel types. We encourage you to take a look and use them as inspiration to create your own channel-specific commands.
You now know how to upgrade your channel by adding one of the most sophisticated Twitch bots. Use this knowledge to improve your streaming experience, reduce the weight on your moderator’s shoulders, and have a cleaner, more civilized chat.