How To Host On Twitch

Do you want to host another channel on Twitch? It's very easy! Here is a super simple guide on how to host on Twitch, including auto-host steps.

Hosting on Twitch is a feature that got introduced back in 2014. However, according to the official blog regarding the implementation of this feature, not even Twitch officials were sure how all this would play out.

But, as time went by, hosting became one of the most significant features on the platform.

On Twitch, there are two types of channels. Those being followed by millions of people, and those “emerging from the deep” and on their path for glory.

But, what does this have to do with hosting? Find out in the article below.

The Key Reasons Behind Hosting On Twitch

Before we get into the details, note that hosting is different from raiding on Twitch. So, if you are interested in raiding, this guide covers the topic thoroughly.

Now, when it comes to hosting, here’s what you can achieve by using this popular feature on the platform.

  • Creating a slightly more private environment with your community while watching content that’s now on your channel.
  • Providing free exposure to a channel or a broadcaster who started out streaming on Twitch just recently.
  • Growing your community even more while you are not online and broadcasting on Twitch yourself.

For more information on how hosting can help you grow your channel, take a look at the official article published by Twitch.

Hosting On Twitch In Just A Few Simple Steps

Now that you know more about hosting, the meaning behind it, and how you can strategically use it to grow your channel and community, it’s time to learn more about the process itself.

Hosting is relatively simple, and you can do it by following the steps below.

  1. Type “/host {CHANNELNAME}” in your chat, replacing the “CHANNELNAME” with the real name of the channel you want to host. Do not use quotations.
  2. When you want to stop hosting, type “/unhost” in your chat, then you’ll receive a notification saying you have exited host mode.

Important Things To Note

Keep these things in mind if you regularly host or get hosted on Twitch.

  • You can switch the channel you’re hosting up to three times in thirty minutes.
  • Your viewers will see the advertisements from the channel you’re hosting.
  • The channel being hosted will keep receiving all revenue if it’s a Partner or Affiliate.
  • The channel hosting will not receive ad revenue while in host mode.
  • Users may see a pre-roll advertisement during the transition to host mode.

For more answers on such frequently asked questions, you can check Twitch’s Hosting FAQ section here. Of course, if you want further answers, you can always contact Twitch’s support team.

Configuring Twitch Auto-Host

Twitch’s Auto-Host feature is helpful for many reasons. It allows you to support your favorite channels while being offline.

Auto-Host is enabled by default for Twitch Partners but is also available for all streamers on the platform.

To enable Auto Hosting on your channel, follow the steps below.

  1. Open on your browser and sign in to your account.
  2. Navigate to the channel settings panel and select Featured Content.
  3. In the “Auto Hosting” section, turn the Auto host channels setting on.  

Auto Hosting is now enabled on your channel. But, there are a few other things you should know about this feature.

  • The Auto Hosting feature won’t ever interfere with your live content, meaning your viewers will never have their live experience interrupted by an auto host while you are broadcasting.
  • Auto Hosting begins after your channel goes offline. If you go online again, the auto hosting will immediately stop, and your live broadcast will resume.

There’s a three-minute grace period during which the auto host feature doesn’t start.

So, if you are experiencing technical difficulties and interruptions and you end up going offline for a short while, your audience won’t be surprised with a random auto host. Pretty good, right?

Of course, if three minutes pass and you are still not online, the auto host will begin.  


Now you know how to host other channels and the reasons why you should consider doing it. Strategic use of this feature can lead to an increased follower base and more overall success for your channel in the long run.

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Bojan Veselinovikj

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