Hosts are Twitch streamers who broadcast another user’s channel while the first streamer is offline. It is possible for broadcasters to automate the process of hosting or to type in /host (channel name) on a case-by-case basis. All the viewers in a streamer’s own chat room are sent to the hosted channel, which is typically populated by streamers they often collaborate with or streamers from their category.
If you decide that you would like to host other Twitch channels from your own personal channel, you can easily do so by following a few simple steps. No matter whether the Twitch user is a streamer or not, they are all allowed to use host mode. Supporting your favorite broadcasters is a rewarding experience.
The following article will cover the basics of how to host another Twitch channel directly, how to enable auto hosting in your channel settings, and what to consider when looking for other Twitch streams to host:
How to host another Twitch channel from your chat?
Directly from your own channel’s chat room on Twitch is the easiest way to host someone. Follow these steps:
- Step 1
Choosing Channel from the dropdown menu beneath your profile picture will take you to your own Twitch channel.
- Step 2
Enter /host followed by the channel name of the person you wish to host. Although your chat will continue on your stream, all views will count toward the channel’s views.
You can, for instance, use host mode for Eljayem_ by typing /host Eljayem_ into your own chat. By typing into your chat tab on the Twitch app, you can also host channels from your mobile device. Your Twitch screen will display your channel once you have successfully hosted one.
Host someone from your Twitch dashboard
From your Twitch dashboard, you can set up a special Twitch host mode to host channels automatically while you’re offline. If you host another channel in this way, you will be able to support other channels even if you aren’t available online to do so. To use the auto-host feature, follow these steps:
- Step 1
Click on your avatar in the top right corner of your screen, then choose “Settings”.
2. Step 2
At the top of the screen, select the “Channels and Videos” tab, then scroll down to the “Auto Hosting” section.
3. Step 3
You can add the channels you wish to host to this section and customize your hosting settings from here. You can choose to host random people from your list or you can host them according to their order on your list. In this way, you can prioritize one streamer over another when two streamers are broadcasting at the same time.
Setting Up Auto-Hosting on Twitch
You can enable auto-hosting on Twitch by following these steps:
- Step 1
From the drop-down menu that appears when you click on your profile picture, select “Settings”.
- Step 2
At the top of the screen, click the “Channels and Videos” tab.
- Step 3
Find the “Auto Hosting” section by scrolling down the menu.
- Step 4
You can turn on auto-hosting for your own channels by toggling the button to the on position. In order to set it up for any of your Twitch team members, toggle that option to the on position.
- Step 5
You can add channels to the host list by clicking the “Host List” option.
- Step 6
You can add channels to your list by typing their names and clicking the “Add” button.
Here’s how to stop hosting
You might need to stop hosting other Twitch users at times. Their content may not be what you expected, or you may want to host another channel instead. In the channel’s chat window, type /unhost if they are streaming right now. Removing them from your list will stop traffic from being routed to them if you had them set up for auto-hosting.
Up to three times every 30 minutes, you can change who you are hosting. You might think this is an odd thing to do, but you could have some fun doing it. Following your stream, you can check out a few other broadcasters straight from your channel if you’re hanging out with some subscribers on your Twitch Discord server.
The auto-hosting of channels can also be stopped by going back to your Twitch channel settings and removing the offending Twitch account.
What are the Pros and Cons of Hosting Channels?
Hosting channels has its pros and cons. Some promotional strategies may not be suitable for hosting channels. Remember that you need to do what is best for your brand and community if you want to grow as a streamer. Hosting has some benefits, but there are also some downsides that you should be aware of.
Here are some reasons why you may benefit from hosting another’s channel:
• It lets you network with other streamers. You may be able to work with a streamer if you consistently host or raid his or her stream. Hosting streamers who are statistically in the same ballpark as you will result in the best networking results. The greater their popularity, the less likely you are to get noticed. Don’t promote yourself and be considerate. Contact the channel and ask if you can collaborate or work together if you truly enjoy their stream.
• Providing other people’s content is a good way for potential viewers to see what you enjoy. It is also a good way to gauge what your community thinks of your content. Establish a dedicated channel for hosting discussions. You can post clips of their streams you enjoyed to see their reactions if you catch bits and pieces.
• You have a chance to be discovered through hosting as the process is recorded in the new broadcaster’s chat and host list. Depending on your luck, you may even be mentioned. You’re very unlikely to be discovered this way. Hosts should be used as a tool for networking or to genuinely assist streamers you admire.
Here are a few ways that hosting can reduce the value of your channel:
• If the streamer you are hosting does something offensive, you may run into problems with your viewers. The majority of users aren’t going to blame you for this, but some may wonder about the friends you choose in the streaming community. Be sure the streamers you host follow Twitch’s Terms of Service and have similar rules to your own. Because you have no control over what they stream or do, pick people based on how entertaining you find them.
• Your viewers will not see an offline banner. The banner is the best place to post an important message (like that you’ll miss an upcoming stream). You can update your profile and your social media to include the necessary information if you still wish to host.
Why You Should Host Other Streamers?
There are several reasons why you should host other Twitch streamers. These are just a few:
1. Support Streamers You Appreciate
Hosting a channel on Twitch does not require that you are a streamer. Over time, showing them the extra support can be an encouragement to many smaller channels, even if they don’t get many views.
2. Join Twitch teams and host shares
When you are not online, it is likely that you will have to host your teammates when you are part of a Twitch team. In addition to helping viewers connect with their teammates, it may also send traffic your way.
3. Involved in collaboration
Hosting each other is a good way to encourage growth if you frequently collaborate with other streamers.
4. Be active on your channel
It is nice to have something playing for those who stumble upon your channel via social media or other means, even if it is not your own content.
What Are the Best Twitch Hosts?
Channels shouldn’t be hosted randomly. Do some research and only host other channels you think will be appreciated by your community. Large names won’t do you any good. Make sure you talk to the members of your Twitch collab team about hosting strategies and create a plan together. In most cases, collaborators will host each other when they are not online.
If you are collaborating, make sure your community knows who you are hosting and why. Give your viewers an overview of the general content and why you like it. Encourage your collaborators to do the same.
Hosting random channels isn’t a good idea. People won’t notice and you won’t get reciprocated. When you and your team aren’t streaming, make sure you have an offline screen on your Twitch channel.
You should choose those whose values and brands align with yours. Make sure not to host mature channels when you stream family-friendly content. By doing so, your followers aren’t exposed to anything they might be uncomfortable with.
Host your own video on demand
You can play one of your VODs instead of your offline screen if you don’t want to host someone else. The setting can be turned on in the same section as the auto-hosts setting. Switch on the “Host Pre-Recorded Videos” tab. A viewer will see one of your videos when they visit your channel.
What is the difference between “hosting” and “riding”?
Among the many forms of hosting, riding is unique. After you’ve finished streaming, you and your viewers will storm into another channel to generate hype. You can explore a different community by raiding.
Stay online for 15-20 minutes and engage with the new streamer’s community (and your own). Try to help the other streamers rather than self-promoter. This will be appreciated, and they may return the favor someday.
You may also attract their viewers to your own channel. Mention the new streaming in your post to let your social media followers know who you raided. This helps both communities know who you are.
As a conclusion
We believe that hosting is a great tool for building a community amongst streamers. In this way, everyone benefits, and your viewers (and vice versa) will be more likely to be interested in your collaborations.