Fix: Twitch App Not Finding Games

Is your Twitch app not finding games? Don't worry, you are not the only one with problem. Fortunately, the fix is rather easy. Here is how you fix it!

Twitch is the world’s most popular online streaming and live entertainment website.

The platform has grown exponentially, to such an extent that Twitch now organizes a twice-yearly event called Twitchcon. The number of regular users on the website is counted in the tens of millions and continues to rise!

Twitch also had a computer program that was extremely user-friendly.

However, sometimes the app didn’t work as intended, and one of the most well-known errors was not detecting games.

Twitch app

This guide contains methods that helped users resolve the problem back when the Twitch app was still available and functioning.

Note: The Twitch desktop app has been discontinued (as of April 30th, 2022) and can no longer be downloaded.

According to the official statement, this decision wasn’t easy to make and came as a result of usage and user feedback, but also as a “move which allows us to invest more heavily in enhancing and adding new ways to engage with the creators and communities you care about.”

You can find the official statement about Twitch discontinuing their desktop app at the top of this page here.

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Fix 1: Reinstall The App

Several users have mentioned that reinstalling the Twitch application assisted them in resolving the issue. Here’s the simple method for doing so.

  1. Click the Search icon in the bottom-left corner of your screen. Type “Apps” and press “Enter” on your keyboard. See the images below for more information.
    Windows 10 Search icon
    Windows 10 Settings
  2. In the panel that appears, select “Apps” again to access a list of programs installed on your PC. Here, you’ll need to find the Twitch app and uninstall it.
    Windows 10 Settings Apps
  3. If you still have the installation file, simply reinstall Twitch after removing the app from your system.

You can download the Twitch app here.

After reinstalling the app, the problem should be resolved.

According to this Reddit thread and comments from Twitch staff, this problem sometimes occurs when users download a new version (update) of the app.

Fix 2: Run The Twitch App As Administrator  

Operating an app with administrator privileges can resolve numerous unforeseen problems on Windows 10. This not only applies to Twitch but also to several other apps, such as Steam and Discord.

A user in this Reddit thread stated that running the Twitch app with administrator privileges made it able to find games again.

To do this, follow the steps below.

  1. Find the shortcut for the Twitch app on your system.
  2. Right-click the shortcut and select “Run as administrator” to start the app.

You should now be able to find games again without any further issues.

Fix 3: Use The Refresh Function In The App

Twitch’s app has a built-in refresh function that can help you overcome many problems and errors, including this one.

Twitch app refresh function

After opening the app, you can find the refresh button in the top-left corner of your screen. By refreshing the app, you should be able to find games again.

Fix 4: Use Opera GX With The Built-In Twitch Feature

Although this isn’t a direct fix for the Twitch app, it can still solve your issue in a roundabout way.

Opera GX built in Twitch feature
Opera GX’s built-in Twitch section.

Accessing Twitch via Opera GX will allow you to enjoy the platform’s features, but it won’t truly solve your “Twitch App Not Finding Games” problem.

However, if you’re encountering other issues with the app, this is a good alternative way to enjoy watching streams in an optimized gaming browser.

Conclusion

Sometimes the latest Twitch app updates don’t work as intended. Fortunately, for every problem, there’s a solution.

The methods in this article are quick and easy to apply. You should be able to solve the problem by trying each of them.

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Bojan Veselinovikj
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Bojan is a video-game developer and a tech enthusiast. Combining these two passions allow him to keep you informed on everything that's new in this fast-paced digital world.