Hosting someone on Twitch is a way to broadcast other channels on your Twitch channel. This is a great way to promote other Twitch channels. And it also works as a smart technique for Twitch users to keep their channels active when they are not live or hosting their own content.
In this guide, we’ll give you all the ways to host someone on Twitch, the benefits and drawbacks of hosting other channels, and how to get others to host your channel.
How to Start Hosting Other Streamers On Your Own Channel?
You can host another streamer on Twitch mainly by three means:
- Via Chat
- Via Twitch App
- Via Auto-Host
1. By Chat
Enter “/host” in your channel’s chat then type in the username of the channel you want to host. For instance, if you wish to host the PAX twitch channel, enter “/host pax.” Now, you can change the channel you are hosting up to a maximum of 3 times every half hour. If you want to turn it off, enter “unhost” in the chat.
2. Via Twitch App
If you are using an iOS or Android device, you can go to the selected channel. And tap the gear icon on the channel you wish to host. Then, select the “Host” option from the drop-down menu.
3. Via Auto-Host
Most people host other channels via this method, i.e. auto hosting. You need to add different channels to a list and your channel will select automatically from this list even if you are offline.
The auto-host feature can be set in a way that it chooses channels from the list at random or according to their order. It is fairly easy to set up your Twitch auto hosting. Navigate to your Twitch channel’s settings, find the auto host option and turn it on. Now, you can add as many channels to your host list as you want.
How To Host Another Channel On Twitch Via Chat?
- Go to Twitch.tv and log into your account.
- Click on the account icon from the top-right corner of the Twitch interface. If you are using the desktop app, click on the Channel option.
- Now, you’ll be taken to your channel page. The chat section should show up on the right side of the channel on both the Twitch website and the desktop app.
- Next, click on the Chat option from the menu under the stream or stream placeholder (if you’re not streaming at the moment). This will allow you to access the chat.
- Click on the Send a message field and type in “/host” followed by the username and send your message. For instance, suppose the name of the target channel is xyz. So, you need to type in “/host xyz” to host the channel.
- Then, go ahead and refresh your channel page. You will now see that you are hosting another streamer.
To stop hosting a channel you are currently hosting, type in “/unhost” in the chat field.
Note: If you want to host a channel and then stop hosting it and start hosting another channel in the same hour, you’ll need to wait until the hour is over to add any more host commands.
How To Host Channels Using The Auto Host Feature On Twitch?
Creating an auto host list allows your channel to automatically start hosting other channels when you are offline. This is how you can do it:
- Open the Twitch app and log into your account. Next, click on the profile picture from the top-right corner.
- From the menu that opens up, click on Settings
- From the top of the Settings page, click on Channel and Videos option.
- Keep scrolling until you reach the “Auto Hosting” field. From here, click the toggle named “Auto host channels” to turn it on.
- After turning on auto hosting, click on the Host list option located at the bottom. This will redirect you to a page where you need to add channels for auto hosting.
To do so, you just need to search the names of the channels you want to host, click on Add when they come up. You can add as many channels as you want to the auto host list.
How to Host Other Streamers on Twitch Using the Mobile App?
- Open the Twitch app on your iPhone, Android smartphone, or iPad.
- Tap the Channel icon in the top left corner of the Twitch app to access your channel.
- From your channel profile, tap on the Chat option from the menu to enter the chat room of your channel.
- Type in “/host username” (replace “username” with the name of the channel you want to host).
Else, you can also opt for the following steps:
- Open your Twitch app and go to the channel you want to host.
- Tap the gear icon on the channel
- Tap on the Host option from the dropdown menu.
Benefits of Hosting Another Channel
Keep in mind that you don’t need to host another channel to be a member of the Twitch community. So, hosting another channel is absolutely optional. But, it is indeed a great idea due to the following reasons:
Firstly, hosting another channel lets your audience know what type of streaming content you like. Apart from that, hosting another channel brings promotional opportunities for your channel too. Now, the amount of promotion you get depends on whether it shows the names of hosts on screen, if the streamer of that channel mentions your channel or not, and the layout of the target channel.
Usually, the names of the hosts come up as a special message in the target channel’s chat. Hosting another channel also keeps your account displayed within the Live Hosts category of the Twitch website and apps. This leads to new users coming across your Twitch channel and also following you.
- Great Way To End Your Stream
A lot of streamers manually host some other channel when they end their own broadcast. This encourages followers to jump to the hosted channel. It is known as “raiding” and is commonly seen on the Twitch platform.
- Keeps Your Audience Engaged
Hosting other Twitch streamers broadcast on your channel while you are not hosting something or are offline, keeps your audience engaged. All the viewers will have more content to enjoy and stay on your channel for longer.
- Creates Connections
If you begin hosting other random Twitch streamers, your friends’ channels, or some of your favorite broadcasters, it will benefit you in the long run. Not only will it allow your audience to discover other users but also create long-term connections for you. Later on, you can ask the hosted channels’ owners to host your content too and if they agree, you’ll get more views.
Disadvantages of Hosting Another Twitch Channel
- Communication Problems
If your personal Twitch channel gets an away message while you are hosting another channel, such messages will get hidden and be replaced with the broadcast. So, if you want to post messages to your audience, you’ll have to do it elsewhere on your profile which makes the communication very less prominent.
- Can’t Filter The Hosted Content
You can choose the channels you want to host on your channel. But, not the game or the subject. This will be a problem when the hosted channel’s stream is not the right match for your channel’s audience. Suppose, the hosted channel’s live broadcast is an adult-rated game but you only host family-friendly games. This could upset your audience because they might receive gameplay that is of a different genre altogether.
- Video On Demand Is A Better Alternative
If you are hosting another channel for the sole reason of keeping your channel active while you are offline, in that case, Twitch’s VOD (Video-On-Demand) feature is a better fit. The VOD feature is great for both retaining and building your audience. VOD is similar to hosting but instead of hosting content from another channel it plays a recording of your past streams. This way, your channel doesn’t have to rely on someone else’s content to stay active.
How to Get Other Twitch Channels to Host You?
Having a strong presence on Twitch is a new way to gain exposure in social media these days. So, if you can manage to get others to host you, you will be growing your Twitch channel. Here’s how you can do so:
- Ask Your Audience
If your audience is loyal enough, you can try reaching out to them to host you. Not each one of your viewers will have a lot of followers, but if you manage to get hosted by several users, their audience is going to add up. This way you will be able to reach out to a larger group of people and will help you amass several followers and viewers. Undoubtedly, this is a great way to grow your influence on Twitch.
- Use A Host List
You can also get people to host you by creating a host list. This list will contain the names of the people who host you. Add this to your Twitch layout and others will also be interested in having their name added to your host list.
Usually, to your audience, this will look like a great way to get featured on your profile and grow their channel. They might also think that you’d probably host them in return.
- Ask Your Friends
Asking your audience or complete strangers to host you could be viewed as spam at times. Moreover, it doesn’t guarantee that you will get hosted. So, you could start by asking your friends. They would be glad to host your channel while they are offline or not streaming.
Hosting other broadcasters or allowing others to host your channel on Twitch comes with its own set of pros and cons. So, make sure you research the channels you want to host before you begin hosting them. There are several advantages to hosting someone like giving you exposure, connecting you to others, keeping your channel active, etc. But, make sure the hosted channel’s content is suited to your channel’s theme so that your audience doesn’t get bored.
How do I host friends on Twitch?
There are three ways to host your friends or other channels on Twitch- via chat, via the Twitch app, or the Auto-Host feature. All these methods are explained in the content above.
Why can’t I host someone on Twitch?
The auto hosting feature on your channel may be turned off. Sometimes, the hosting feature stops working if you have too many bots on your channel.
Can you host multiple people on Twitch?
If you are auto-hosting on your Twitch account, you can only host one channel at a time. But, you can add as many channels as you want to your auto-host. This feature will host channels randomly from your list whenever you are offline.
Do you have to ask to host someone on Twitch?
You don’t need to ask someone to host them on Twitch. If you want other channels to host you, try messaging or emailing them asking to host you. You can also ask your friends or people you host on your channel to host yours as well.