How To Add Emotes To Twitch

If you're streaming on Twitch, you need emotes, that's a fact and just part of Twitch culture in general. Here's a guide on how to add emotes to Twitch.

Twitch emojis provide a way for viewers to express themselves without having to type as much text. They are among the most favored features on the platform.

If you’ve ever joined a crowded Twitch chat, you know that using emotes, particularly custom ones, is quite popular among the community.

Some emotes have become so popular that they are considered a part of Twitch’s culture.

This guide covers everything you need to know about Twitch emotes, including a step-by-step guide on how to add them to your channel.

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How To Add Twitch Emotes

Adding custom emotes to your Twitch channel is not difficult, but there are a few prerequisites.

The first and most important thing to remember is that only channels with Affiliate status can add custom Twitch emotes, as stated in this official blog post by Twitch.

If you are only just starting your streaming journey, this milestone may seem distant. To help you achieve this, we have written a detailed guide on how to become a Twitch Affiliate.

After obtaining the Affiliate status, or if you already possess it, this is the way to include personalized Twitch emotes on your channel.

  1. Familiarize yourself with Twitch’s Terms of Service and Community Guidelines, and make sure the design of your emotes doesn’t break any of the rules.
  2. Once you have decided on the designs and what the emotes will represent, you can start creating them. Remember to adhere to Twitch’s size and formatting requirements while doing so.
  3. When the emotes are completed and ready to be uploaded, log into your Twitch account. Click on your avatar in the top-right corner, then select Creator Dashboard.
  4. In the left sidebar, click Viewer Rewards to expand the dropdown menu, then choose Emotes. Again, this will only be available if you are a Twitch Affiliate.
    Twitch Creator Dashboard Viewer Rewards Emotes option
  5. The Subscriber Emotes panel will open. Here, you can begin naming and uploading your emotes one by one in the open slots.
    Twitch Subscriber Emotes panel

If your channel hasn’t received any flags for violating the community guidelines or received a strike, you should be able to swiftly upload the emotes without needing approval from Twitch’s team.

privilege to instantly upload of emotes to Twitch

Unfortunately, Twitch Affiliates have a limited number of slots for uploading custom emotes. However, this will change as your channel grows and reaches its peak when your status is upgraded to being a Twitch Partner.

This chart from one of the official Twitch blog posts explains how to unlock extra emote slots in detail.

Designing is not a simple task, particularly if you lack prior experience. Hence, we suggest utilizing an emote creator for your initial emotes.

We have an informative guide covering the top Twitch emote creators. It should assist you in making the correct decision without investing much time in internet searches.


You now know how to upload emotes on Twitch, so get creative and come up with some unique designs for your viewers to enjoy.

Emojis can significantly enhance the growth of your channel, as some viewers will be encouraged to subscribe purely to unlock the ability to use them.

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