Nowadays streaming to Twitch is quick and easy. You can share your games with friends, record VODs, or try to build up a community. No matter the case, you need to take your first steps and learn how to stream on Twitch now.

Streaming on Twitch

Learn how to livestream on Twitch in just a few minutes.

Sign Up for Twitch

Set up your Twitch account

If you have an account already, then proceed to the next step. If not, go to and choose your username. Enter in your password, date of birth, and phone number. Alternatively you can use an Email to verify your account instead, which is our preferred method. However, using your phone number can come in handy for two-factor authenticationr.

Download OBS Studio

Download OBS Studio

Go to the OBS website, select the version you want to use, and click install. OBS Studio (Open Broadcaster Software) is not only free, but also the best choice to start your streaming journey. It’s an open-sourced software that allows you to set up the appearance of your stream and send that feed to Twitch. There’s other options, but we always find ourselves going back to OBS.

Run the Auto-Configure Wizard

The Auto-configuration Wizard

In OBS Studio go to Tools > Auto-configuration wizard. You may also be prompted with the wizard if it’s your first time opening the software. For streaming, we recommend the first option Optimize for streaming, recording is secondary then clicking on next. For new streamers, a base canvas on 1920×1080 is ideal, and 30 or 60 FPS comes down to preference and PC performance. Click next again.

For the service drop down select Twitch. Then, click Connect Account. Next, log in to your Twitch account. Once this is done, you can click next and allow the wizard to run. Hit apply settings.

Add a Source to Your Scene

Adding Game Capture in OBS Studio

In the source panel, hit the plus icon and choose either Game Capture or Display Capture (note: using Display Capture will show EVERYTHING on the monitor you select). For beginners, we highly recommend using the game capture option.

Name your source and hit Ok. Leave the mode option to Capture any fullscreen application. If desired, you can also select Capture specific window to assign a specific game to capture in your screen. This can be done in the Window drop down.

Configure Your Audio

Audio Settings in OBS Studio

For your gameplay audio, click the Settings button in the bottom right of OBS Studio. Navigate to the Audio tab. Under the Desktop Audio drop down, set this to Default. This will enable OBS to hear everything on your desktop and relay it to your Twitch stream.

Under the Mic/Auxilliary Audio drop down select the microphone input you’d like OBS to include for your stream. This is likely the same microphone you’re using for things like Discord or any other voice chat application. Hit Ok to close the settings window.

Set up a webcam

Webcam settings in OBS Studio

In OBS Studio add a Video Capture Device source, give it a name, and then under the Device dropdown select the name of your webcam. There’s other useful settings here, like the ability to lower the resolution, set the frame rate, or even flip the webcam vertically. We recommend choosing Custom in the Resolution/FPS Type dropdown, and selecting either 1920×1080 or 1280×720 in the resolution field. Hit Ok to add it in.

While it’s selected in the canvas area (the area showing off your stream setup) you can click and move it anywhere you’d like. You can also drag from the corners to resize your webcam.

Update Your Stream Title and Category

Stream information dock

Use the Stream Information dock to set your stream title, go live notification, and category. The category will be either the game you’re playing or streaming category like Just Chatting. You can also set some tags to help with discoverability as well.

These docks only appear when you connected your Twitch account in a previous step. The Stream Chat dock will show all your messages on Twitch and allow you to type messages as well!

Hit Start Streaming

Go live in OBS Studio

Hit the Start Streaming button to go live!

What Else Should I Consider Setting Up?

Recording VODs

Recording VODs is crucial for first time streamers. It allows you to review your content at a later time.

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Twitch does not enable VODs by default, make sure you set up this crucial step before your first stream!

To enable VOD recordings click the user avatar in the top right and then select Creator Dashboard. From here, click the Settings tab on the left and go to Stream. Click the button next to Store past broadcasts to turn it on. While you’re here, we also recommend ensuring that Latency Mode is set to Low Latency. This will allow your stream to appear more quickly to your chat and save your streams on Twitch for later review.

Mix Your Audio

You might have noticed the Audio Mixer section in OBS Studio. This will allow you to adjust the sound levels of both your desktop and mic audio. VODs or a friend can help you get a mix that works best for your settings. Find the levels that make it easy to hear your voice while talking, but also allows for the gameplay audio to be heard without overpowering yourself.

What’s Should I Do After My First Stream?

Go live and just have a good time. Share your stream with your friends, family, or just play some games and have a good time. There’s no right way to stream that works for everyone, especially for your first time. After your stream is done we recommend that you check out your VOD and see if there’s any video or audio issues and then go from there.

You can also work on setting up your Twitch panels, banner, avatar, and other features in your creator dashboard and channel page. But, don’t worry about that too much just now!

We hope this guide got you up and running on Twitch. For more advanced tutorials and guides you can check out our YouTube channel where we’ll be posting things like setting up chat bots and other helpful information.