October 11 2019

How to Host on Twitch

Hosting another Twitch channel on your own personal channel page is a great way to promote the content you enjoy watching. In today’s guide, we’ll be covering how to host on Twitch using Host Mode on PC and Mobile. But before we jump into our step-by-step guide, what exactly is Host Mode on Twitch? And are there any benefits to promoting other Twitch streamer’s content on your own channel? Let’s get into the specifics.

What Is Host Mode on Twitch?

As we have briefly touched on, Host Mode enables you to host another channel’s live broadcast on your own Twitch channel page. The best part about it? You don’t even have to be online to host another streamer. What’s more, you can host any channel on Twitch so that your audience is entertained after you sign off for the day.

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Now, I know what you’re thinking: “But why would I want to promote another channel on my page?” Well, there are actually many benefits to hosting on Twitch.

Advantages of Hosting on Twitch

Hosting another Twitch streamer on your channel can actually be extremely beneficial to your own channel’s growth. As a matter of fact, there are a number of reasons why you should be using Host Mode on Twitch. Below, we have listed the pros of hosting another streamer:

  • Keeps your community alive by providing them with content, even when you’re idle or offline
  • Hosting promotes your favourite streamers, allowing your audience to view what you enjoy watching
  • Hosting another channel can help your own Twitch channel grow
  • New users can stumble upon your account since it will be displayed in the Live Hosts category on Twitch

How Do I Use Host Mode?

Now that you understand what Host Mode is and the main advantages of hosting another channel, you’re probably wondering how to do it yourself.

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Luckily for you, we have created a simple step-by-step guide below so that you can start hosting today.

  1. Go to your Twitch channel. You can do this by typing twitch.tv/[username] into the search bar
  2. In your Stream Chat, type /host [channel] + Enter. For example, /host Twitch

Once you hit Enter, if the channel is live, you should be able to view the live broadcast from the channel you are hosting. In our example, you’ll be able to see a live feed from Twitch. If you wish to unhost someone, simply type /unhost + Enter into the same chatbox. It’s really that simple! Do you prefer to use your mobile to watch your favourite Twitch streamers when you’re not streaming? We’ve got you covered.

How Do I Host Someone on Twitch Mobile?

You can also host on Twitch via the Android and iOS applications. Just like hosting on PC, hosting using the Twitch app is a very quick and simple process. Of course, you could just go to your Profile > Chat and type /host [channel] into the chatbox. But there’s actually an easier way to host using the mobile app, here’s how:

  1. Download or open up the Twitch app
  2. Search for the Streamer that you wish to host and click on their channel
  3. Tap on any one of their videos to display a range of different options
  4. Click on the Share icon on the top right-hand side of the video
  5. Select “Host Channel” to instantly share your chosen streamer to your own channel

Related: How to Download Twitch VODs

How Do I Use Auto Host?

Fittingly, Auto Host allows you to automatically host from a list of your chosen favourite channels when you’re not live.

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This will save you time manually inputting the streamer you wish to host every time you finish a stream. But how do you use Auto Host on Twitch?

  1. Head over to Twitch.com and click on your username from the top right-hand corner
  2. Select Creator Dashboard from the drop-down menu
  3. Scroll down to the Settings section found in the left-hand menu and click on Channel
  4. Scroll down until you see the Auto Hosting section
  5. Enable Auto host channels. You can also choose to enable Host team channels and Host pre-recorded videos
  6. Click on Host list to start adding channels
  7. Search for and Add the channels you wish to host when you’re offline


Hosting on Twitch is a very quick process that requires you to simply type /host followed by the host channel into your own channel’s chat. It’s truly that easy! By using Host Mode, your viewers will be entertained for hours on end, even when you’re idle or offline. Furthermore, it can be beneficial to your own channel’s growth.

Fancy streaming on Twitch for yourself? First, you’ll need the right gear. Aside from a gaming GPU, one of the most important things to add to your list of equipment is a powerful CPU suitable for streaming.

Additionally, if you want to show your beautiful face to the world as you play, you’re going to want to consider purchasing a high-quality webcam for streaming. After all, one of the best parts about watching a Twitch streamer is seeing their reactions as they play.


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Courtenay Smith