Twitch emotes provide a way for viewers to express themselves without having to type as much text. They are among the most popular features on the platform.
If you have ever been part of a busy Twitch chat room, you already know how much the community likes using emotes, especially custom ones.
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.
Once you earn the Affiliate status, or if you already have it, here’s how you can add custom Twitch emotes to your channel.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Subscriber Emotes panel will open. Here, you can begin naming and uploading your emotes one by one in the open slots.
If your channel has never been flagged for breaking the community guidelines or issued with a strike, you should be able to immediately upload the emotes without waiting for approval from Twitch’s team.
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.
As designing is not the easiest thing to do, especially if you have no previous experience, we recommend using an emote maker for your first few emotes.
We have a helpful guide covering the best Twitch emote makers. It should help you make the right choice without spending a lot of time searching the internet.
You now know how to upload emotes on Twitch, so get creative and come up with some unique designs for your viewers to enjoy.
Emotes can significantly boost the growth of your channel, as some viewers will be motivated to subscribe purely to unlock the ability to use them.