How To Donate On Twitch

Do you want to support a streamer? You may want to donate then! Here is a simple guide on how to donate to your favorite streamer in several ways.

Twitch wouldn’t be the same without its caring and supportive community.

One of the biggest reasons for the success of this world-leading streaming platform is the many heartwarming stories involving donations and charity.

Twitch donations

In case you don’t already know, there are multiple ways to support broadcasters on Twitch. One of these is by donating.

Donations are a great way to show appreciation if you enjoy someone’s content and think they deserve more for what they provide!

This guide will show you how to send a Twitch donation through various methods, step-by-step.

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Method 1: Donate Money

The first method is to donate funds using a third-party payment provider. Streamers usually prefer PayPal as it is popular and widely available.

Here’s what you need to do if you want to donate money to a broadcaster.

  1. Open Twitch in your browser and log into the website with your credentials.
  2. Open the channel of the broadcaster you want to support. Scroll down below the video player window and find their “donate” section.
  3. Click the donation link. Please note that many streamers have unique graphics and donation sections.
    Twitch broadcaster or streamer donation link
  4. After clicking the link, you will be redirected to a page where you need to enter the necessary information for the donation. You will need to provide your Twitch username, donation message, and other extras that the streamer included.
  5. Complete the donation by adding your payment information.

If everything works as intended, the broadcaster should soon receive your donation.

If the streamer you contributed to has an operational donation-alert system, and there are multiple donations before yours, it may take some time for the other donations to process before your donation message appears on the broadcaster’s screen.

Method 2: Cheer And Donate Bits

If you don’t want to donate money and prefer donating Bits instead, you can do so by following the steps below.

  1. Log into your Twitch account so you can purchase Bits.
  2. Choose the number of Bits you want to purchase and confirm the transaction.
  3. Open the channel of the broadcaster you want to support.
  4. In the chat window, type “cheer” and add the number of Bits you wish to send with your message. For example, “cheer200” means you’ll donate 200 Bits, “cheer500” means 500 Bits, and so on.
  5. You’ve now donated to the streamer in the form of Bits.

Bits are an official currency on Twitch, and they are the preferred type of donation for many users. It’s also more fun to cheer with Bits than donating money in the “traditional” way.

Twitch Donating Bits

Twitch introduced Bits back in 2016, and you can find the official introduction article here. If you want to learn more about Bits in general, you can read Twitch’s official article on the subject here.

Reasons Why Viewers Donate To Streamers

The reason viewers donate to their favorite broadcasters is relatively simple and understandable. They want to give more to those who provide quality content and show their appreciation.

However, contributions can also be given strategically.

For instance, you may work as a game creator, and the streamer you’re observing is going to play a game influenced by chat and community ideas. You likely desire your game to be selected.

Donations usually attract more attention than other chat messages. You could compose a nice donation message and send it. The streamer then reads it out loud, and your game gets chosen.

This is just one of the strategic ways people use donations.

Occasionally viewers try to “outbid” each other by sending a larger donation, and the broadcaster might state that all donations go to charity.

Whatever your reason, supporting your favorite broadcasters is always good. Consider donating if you have the extra funds for it.

Twitch Streamer receives a donation
Twitch Streamer tears of joy after receiving a donation from popular YouTuber MrBeast.

In the section below, you’ll find some fun facts about Twitch donations. It’s no secret that donations have become a significant part of Twitch culture.  

Fun Facts

The largest Twitch donation ever given was by a user called Amhai. He donated a whopping $57,000 to a famous streamer named Sodapoppin. Check out the video here!

If you want to learn more about other large donations on Twitch, you should take a look at this article.   


Now you know how to contribute to your favorite broadcasters using either Bits or money. You will now be able to show them more support for their content in the future!

If you are a broadcaster and want to set up donations for your channel, our guide is full of great information to help you accomplish this!

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