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 make some extra money. However, the level of competition means it is difficult for any streamer to reach a point where subscription money alone is enough to live on.

In reality, even earning your “Subscribe” button is not easy.

There is an alternative way of earning on Twitch: through 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 includes linking a payment method such as a PayPal account, and the other method is receiving donations in the form of Twitch Bits.

This guide will teach you how to set up both methods. Let’s start with one of the traditional methods.

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How To Add A PayPal Account For Donations On Twitch

Twitch Paypal

This is relatively easy to do. Follow these simple steps and you’ll have donations enabled in no time.

  1. Visit Twitch and log in to your account.
  2. Navigate to Profile → Channel → Edit Panels.
  3. Click the “Edit Panels” button.
  4. You now have the option to add a custom panel.
  5. Name the panel. “Donations” will work fine.
  6. In the “Image Links To” field, add your PayPal.me address.
  7. Enter a description in the “Description” field. Provide a reason why viewers should donate.
  8. For more visual appeal, you can add a custom image to the panel.
  9. Finish by clicking “Submit” and then “Save” before exiting the page.

You will need a PayPal account for this method. If you don’t already have one, be sure to create and verify one 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

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

Cheering means showing your support to a streamer by sending them a special type of chat message including Bits. The streamer then gets paid one cent for every Bit they receive.

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

  1. Visit Twitch and log in to your account.
  2. Navigate to Profile → Dashboard → Partner Settings.
  3. Click “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 change some additional 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 using cryptocurrency.

How To Set Up Crypto Donations On Twitch

Bitcoin

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are a hot topic, and many savvy streamers enable these types of donations in addition to traditional currency. Here’s how you can do the same:

  1. Visit Twitch and log in to your account.
  2. Navigate to Profile → Channel → Edit Panels.
  3. Click the “Edit Panels” button.
  4. You now have the option to add a custom panel.
  5. Give a name to the panel. In this case, “Crypto Donations” is good.
  6. You can add an appropriate image, perhaps the logo of Bitcoin or another popular currency.
  7. Explain to your viewers why donating using crypto is the method you prefer.
  8. Paste your receiving cryptocurrency address in the description.
  9. Make it clear which address is used for each currency.
  10. Save your progress, and you’re done.

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

This is why crypto donation is still not very popular. Warn your followers that they’re donating at their own risk.

How To Set Up Twitch Donations Through StreamLabs

Streamlabs

Setting up donations on StreamLabs is slightly 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 appears, select “Sign in with Twitch” and connect your account.
  3. You will be redirected to the homepage. Click “Dashboard.”
  4. On the dashboard, click “Donation Settings.”
  5. Here, you can customize each donation method separately.
  6. Change the basic settings if you’re unhappy with the default values.
  7. Click “Save Settings” when you’re done.
  8. Copy the URL of your tips page, which will be at the top of your donation methods in the dashboard.
  9. Visit Twitch, then log in to your account.
  10. After logging in, click 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 you copied from StreamLabs during step 8.
  14. Submit the changes, save your progress, and you’re done.

StreamLabs focuses on making the entire Twitch streaming experience simpler and easier. This also applies when setting up a donation method through their dashboard.   

Conclusion

Even if you are only streaming on Twitch as a hobby, you shouldn’t ignore the opportunity to receive donations from fans or followers. Now that you know how to, it’s just a matter of time until you receive your unforgettable first donation.

As earning your “Subscribe” button requires at least a month of effort, donations can “bridge the gap” and help you out in the meantime. So, get streaming!

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