Chatting on Twitch is no doubt one of the most important features of the platform.
With that said, users sometimes chat quite a bit, so much that it becomes difficult to keep track of what you said during an exciting moment while watching your favorite livestream.
Luckily, there are a few ways for streamers and viewers to check the chat history, some more popular and some considered “tricks” by the Twitch community, and we’ll show them all to you in the guide below.
Without further ado, let’s get started.
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1. Checking A Viewer’s Chat History As A Channel Owner
When Twitch was still relatively new, such smaller tools and features weren’t seen as required or mandatory. After they got implemented, it’s quite difficult to imagine Twitch without them.
One of the features in question is the moderation tool that allows both channel owners and users with the moderator function to click on a viewer’s name, open their user card, and choose to view their entire chat history on the channel.
This method is quick and easy, and probably the best way to quickly see what a viewer typed in your chat, going all the way back to their first message.
Here’s how to do it step-by-step:
- Open Twitch in your browser of choice and sign in to your account.
- Navigate to your channel and open it. Wait until you get connected to the chat room and it fully loads.
From this point, there are two different ways to “target” a specific viewer and open their user card.
• If your stream is offline, there will probably be no viewers talking in your chat room. In this case, you need to type in /user usernameand then press Enter on your keyboard to open that user’s card.
• If your stream is online and users are talking in the chat room, simply stop the chat from moving by scrolling up or down once with your mouse wheel in the chat area, then find the user you wish to check and click on their username. This will open their user card.
- Once the user card is open you will see many different commands, including the ability to timeout a user, the ban button, etc… Below them, you should see the Show Chat History (Messages) command. Click on it.
Below is a visual which should be a clearer example of how to check Twitch chat logs by user.
If there’s a lot of content in the chat history, you’ll have to scroll down to find the specific message you need. If you want to view the mod comments, select the option on the far-right instead.
Ultimately, this official Twitch blog post covers the topic thoroughly, and it might be of good use to you if you wish to learn more on what can be done with player cards and the rest available moderation tools.
2. Checking Your Chat Logs As A Viewer
Viewers tend to chat a lot, and if you follow more than one channel on Twitch, chances are you don’t vividly remember even a fraction of all messages you’ve sent across various chat rooms.
Luckily, there are still ways to check your Twitch chat logs as a viewer, but they require the use of a third-party program. Don’t worry, though, as it’s perfectly safe and simple to do.
Twitch viewers can download Chatty, a helpful, open-source tool that has many interesting built-in features, one of them being chat logging. It offers split chat views, input history, and a lot more.
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to view the messages you’ve sent prior to installing Chatty, but you will be able to store everything you’ve typed in a Twitch chat room ever after.
Scrolling through chat logs, seeing what you or someone else typed in a Twitch chat room many years ago is definitely a fun thing to do.
Now you know how to keep track of chat logs both as a channel owner or a moderator using Twitch’s built-in moderator tools, and do the same as a “regular” Twitch viewer using a third-party app.
Use this knowledge to take a trip down memory lane in case you ever need to remember something you’ve typed long ago.