One of the best features Twitch has to offer is the option to chat with other users.
Even if you’re not a communicative person yourself, simply watching the chat and keeping track of what others have to say makes the entire watching experience much better.
Aside from that, Twitch often hosts events that require you to be active in the chat to get a reward. For example, writing the “!drops” command in chat makes you eligible for receiving in-game loot during most promotional events.
With that said, to enjoy a stream in full-screen while still being able to keep track of the chat, you have to use the Pop-Out feature. This guide explains that in detail.
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Method 1: Pop-Out Using The Cogwheel Setting
Twitch makes it easy for users to pop-out the chat. All it takes are a few clicks while you’re already watching the stream.
If you aren’t sure how to do this, feel free to follow the steps below. We’ll include images as well to make all this much clearer.
- Open Twitch in your browser of choice and login into your account. You don’t have to sign in if you only plan to keep track of the chat and not participate in it yourself.
- Find the stream you wish to watch and click on it. Wait a few seconds until it fully loads.
- In the bottom-right corner of the screen, you’ll find a cogwheel button which you can click to access the Chat Settings menu. Do not confuse this button with the Stream Settings one.
- Select Popout Chat from the list of options, which should be the last one on the menu.
Now the chat is in a different window. You can drag and expand (maximize) that window to a different screen if you have a multiple-monitor setup for a better watching experience.
If this approach isn’t appealing to you, there’s a different one you can use as well.
Method 2: Pop-Out By Entering A URL In The Search Bar
If you already are an experienced Twitch user, and you know the exact channel name of the broadcaster you’re watching, you can use this slightly faster method to immediately access the chat in a popped-out version.
This method was suggested by a Twitch Dev Ambassador as a comment on a Reddit thread which you can find here.
Follow the steps below to learn how to do a Twitch chat popout via your browser’s URL search box.
- Open your browser of choice and click on the URL search box to start typing.
- Type in https://www.twitch.tv/CHANNELNAME/chat but replace the “CHANNELNAME” part with the name of the Streamer’s channel.
Note: For example, if you were to open Shroud’s chat, what you need to write in the URL bar is https://www.twitch.tv/shroud/chat. You can always open Twitch and search for the channel to see if the name has been changed or just remind yourself how to properly type it in.
- When done typing, double-check to see if everything’s correct and press Enter on your keyboard.
You can use this method to load multiple Twitch chats at the same time. Some Twitch users prefer keeping track of the chat without even watching the stream, and this method is the fastest way to load and set up everything.
Reasons To Pop Out Twitch Chat
The Twitch popout chat option is quite self-explanatory, but here’s an example of why you should consider doing it and how it can improve your overall watching experience.
If you have a multiple-screen setup or a laptop connected to a TV as your second screen, you can watch the stream in full screen while keeping your laptop close to you to make it easier to interact in the chat. Keep the popped-out chat window on your laptop and drag the full-size stream window on your larger monitor or TV.
Doing this also allows you to size all windows the way you want them to be.
Another good reason to pop out Twitch chats is to make moderating easier. If you are the moderator of multiple Twitch channels, you’ll need to keep track of them all at once.
This is quite difficult to do if you are using the full-sized Twitch windows and not just the popped-out chats. You’ll need a lot of screen space for that, and it’s just not practical.
If you are a streamer yourself, it’s also much easier to have your chat on one monitor, your preview on the other, and the game you’re playing on your main screen.
Now that you know how to pop out a Twitch chat, feel free to get creative with your layouts and sizing to ensure the best possible watching and streaming experience.
Remember that you can always reload the stream using F5 on your keyboard, and the chat will go back to the original location if you no longer prefer it being in pop-out mode.