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How to Setup and Start a Twitch Stream

March 30, 2020
How to Setup and Start a Twitch Stream

Hello friends and welcome to a dummy-proof guide to help you start a twitch stream. If you’re a Twitch viewer who’s thought about starting up your own stream but don’t know where and how to get started, this will be helpful to you. I’ll cover the basics, like physical setup and online services for beginners.

Start a Twitch Stream – Basics

First, you’ll have to create an account on Twitch. Then, take note (copy) your stream key to be used later on streaming services. This tutorial is focused on how to start a Twitch stream, so you will need to have this Twitch account before anything.

Next, you will need a stream helper service that adds widgets to your live stream, adds an overlay, adds chat moderator, and all those stream addons you see in popular streams. I’ll recommend two services and you can check them out to see what works best for you. Streamlabs and StreamElements. You might consider checking out Streamlabs first, because it comes with its own streaming software that you might wanna use later (if you’re gonna stream from PC).

Stream from Mobile Phone or iPad (Tablet)

If all you have is a mobile phone (or an iPad / tablet) and wifi, don’t fret! You can still stream with just these two using one of the following apps.

  • Streamlabs (Android) – Streamlabs is a big name in the Twitch streaming industry and they have a mobile version available to use straight from your mobile
  • StreamChamp (iOS) – Here is the alternative for iOS which works much better than Streamlabs for IOS
  • Omlet Arcade – Omlet Arcade is a streaming service that has its own streaming app for both Android and iOS. The way it works, basically lets you stream to omlet.gg and re-streams to other platforms like, Twitch.

Stream from Mobile Phone or iPad (Tablet) with PC

If you have a PC, you can stream your mobile or iPad games to your PC, then to Twitch. This is good if you want to make your stream experience better for viewers (with addons and widgets). While streaming from Mac also works, I would recommend just streaming straight from your mobile or iPad. Mac’s are not really built for stream processing and you get better results without it.

To stream your mobile or iPad game to your PC means, displaying your mobile or iPad game on your PC monitor. Once you can do this, you can then add it to your stream software to display on Twitch. There are two ways to do this: Mirroring (wifi) or using a game capture device. Below are free software available on PC for mirroring.

  • AirServer Windows 10 – basically turns your PC into a server where you can stream your mobile or iPad games to (best one out there)
  • Mirroring360 – alternative that works pretty good too
  • LonelyScreen – lightweight and easy to use

For better quality of both graphics and frame rate, you can consider getting an Elgato game capture hardware. However, know that this is not a requirement to start a Twitch stream but a good upgrade if you have the money and if you think you’re gonna stream more in the long run.

Once you can mirror and display your mobile or iPad games to your PC, you can now add this display to your streaming software and properly start a Twitch stream.

Stream from PC

Whether you are using a mirrored display from a mobile or iPad device, or you are playing a PC game to stream, you will need to add your game display to a streaming software which is what you will stream to Twitch. Below are software to use for setting up your stream on PC.

  • OBS for PC – most popular streaming software (free and open source) but requires some time to learn and get used to
  • Streamlabs OBS – best streaming software for beginners, it is also free and comes with themes and widgets that you will need to make a better Twitch stream presence (works best when using Streamlabs services such as themes and widgets)

That’s all about what you need to get started in becoming a Twitch streamer. In my next tutorial, I’ll show you how to use OBS in depth and make your stream even better! For now, you can check out my nerdy posts about JavaScript because, why not?

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