How to host a channel on Twitch (A Step by Step Guide)

There are two ways you can host on Twitch: automatic and manual.

1. Host channels automatically

To host a twitch channel automatically whenever you’re offline. You have to create an auto host list.

1. From your Twitch account, click on your “Profile Picture” in the upper-right corner of the screen.

2. Next, click “Settings.”

3. In the settings menu, click the “Channel and Videos” option.


4. Scroll down to “Auto Hosting”.


5. Enable the “Auto host channels” toggle by clicking it.

6. Then, click the “Host List” option at the bottom.

7. This will open a new page where you can add channels to the auto-host list.


8. Search for the channels and click the “Add” button.

Currently, there’s no limit to how many channels you can put on this list.

2. Host channels manually

1. Once again, from your Twitch account, click on your “Profile Picture” in the upper-right corner of the screen.

2. Click on “Channel” in the drop-down menu

3. On the right side of your screen, there will be a “chat section”. Click on the field that says “Send a message.”


4. Type “/host <username>” – use username of the channel you want to host instead of “<username>”. For example, /host shivfps


5. Send your message, after writing the command correctly.

6. To stop hosting that Twitch channel, type “/unhost” into the chat field.

NOTE: Twitch allows you to use only three host commands per hour. For example – if you start hosting a channel, then unhost that channel and start hosting another channel within the same hour. You’ll have to wait for an hour to use host commands again.

Frequently Asked Questions

Whats the difference between a raid and a host?

Both raid and host features are quite similar. In the host mode, the viewers can not communicate directly to a hosted person because they are still physically in the current user’s chat. To talk to the new streamer, the viewer must click “Go to Channel”.

Can you host anyone on twitch?

Yes, any channel can be hosted. Host feature is available to all twitch users.