How To Set Up Donations On Twitch

Do you have a Twitch channel and want to set up donations so your viewers can donate money? Here is the ultimate guide on how to set up donations on Twitch.

Streaming on Twitch is a good way to earn money. However, the competition on this website makes it a bit difficult for a streamer to reach the point where earning only from subscriptions is enough.

Truth be told, even reaching the point of getting that subscribe button is not easy.

But, there is another, alternative way of earning on Twitch, and that’s donations. This guide will cover everything you need to know about donations, including how to set them up.

There are two ways you can receive donations on Twitch. The first method is the “traditional” one, which means linking a PayPal account for example, and the other method is receiving donations in the form of Twitch Bits.

This guide will help you learn how to set up both methods. We’ll start with one of the traditional methods.

How To Add A PayPal Account For Donations On Twitch

This is relatively easy to do, so just follow these simple steps and you’ll have donations enabled.

  1. Visit Twitch and log in to your account.
  2. Navigate to Profile → Channel → Edit Panels.
  3. Click on the “Edit Panels” button.
  4. You now have the option to add a custom panel.
  5. Give a name to the panel. “Donations” works fine.
  6. In the “Image Links To” field paste your PayPal.me address.
  7. Add a description in the “Description” field. A reason why viewers should donate.
  8. To make it better-looking, you can add a custom image to the panel.
  9. Finish by clicking “Submit” and then “Save” before exiting the page.

You do need a PayPal for this method, so make sure to create and set up a PayPal account beforehand. Next on the list is Twitch Bits. Learn how to enable this method in the following section.

How To Enable Twitch Bits For “Cheer” Donations On Twitch

Twitch Bits is the “native currency” of the Twitch.tv website. Anyone can purchase Bits and use them to “Cheer” in certain channels.

Cheering means showing your support to a streamer by sending a special type of chat message which uses Bits, and then the streamer gets paid one cent for every Bit they received.

You can enable Twitch Bits on your channel by following the steps below.

  1. Visit Twitch and log in to your account.
  2. Navigate to Profile → Dashboard → Partner Settings.
  3. Click on “Cheer” which should be at the top.
  4. Enable the setting by clicking “Enable Cheering with Bits”.
  5. Save and exit the tab. Viewers can now donate Twitch Bits to your channel.

You can also change some settings such as the “Minimum Bits to Cheer” option if you are not satisfied with the standard values that Twitch sets.

The next method includes setting up donations with cryptocurrency.

How To Set Up Crypto Donations On Twitch

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are a really hot topic, which is why most streamers enable these types of donations as well. Here’s how you can do it.

  1. Visit Twitch and log in to your account.
  2. Navigate to Profile → Channel → Edit Panels.
  3. Click on the “Edit Panels” button.
  4. You now have the option to add a custom panel.
  5. Give a name to this panel. For this one, “Crypto Donations” is good.
  6. You can add a “catchy” image, maybe a Bitcoin or another popular currency.
  7. Explain to your viewers why donating through crypto is the method you prefer.
  8. Paste your receiving cryptocurrency address in the description.
  9. Make it clear what address is the right one for each currency.
  10. Save the progress you’ve made and you’re done.

Please note that if a user sends a different cryptocurrency to an address meant specifically for Bitcoin, for example, you won’t receive any funds and they will lose theirs.

This is why this particular crypto-donating method is not very popular. Warn your followers that they’re using this at their own risk.

How To Set Up Twitch Donations Through StreamLabs

Setting up donations on StreamLabs is a bit different compared to the other methods.

Follow these steps to properly set up donations for your channel.

  1. Visit StreamLabs and log in.
  2. On the page that shows up, select “Sign in with Twitch” and connect your account.
  3. After that, you’ll be redirected to the homepage. Click on “Dashboard”.
  4. On the dashboard, click on “Donation Settings”.
  5. Here, you can customize every donation method separately.
  6. Change the basic settings if you’re not happy with the default values.
  7. Click on “Save Settings” when you’re done.
  8. Copy the URL of your tip page which will be on top of all donation methods in the dashboard.
  9. Now visit Twitch, then log in to your account.
  10. Upon logging in, click on the username icon in the top right, then click “Channel”.
  11. “Tick” the “Edit Panels” button, and create a new panel.
  12. Name the panel, add your preferred description and an image if you want to.
  13. In the “Image Links To” field, paste the URL that you copied from StreamLabs during step 9.
  14. Submit the changes, save your progress and you’re done.

StreamLabs focuses on making the entire Twitch streaming experience easier and friendlier, and the same thing applies when it comes to setting up a donation method through their dashboard.   

Conclusion

Even if you are streaming on Twitch as a hobby, you shouldn’t pass on the opportunity to receive a generous donation from a fan or a follower. Now that you know how to, it’s just a matter of time before you receive that unforgettable first donation.

Since getting your “Subscribe” button requires at least one month of effort, donations can “fill the gap” and help you out in the meantime.

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