Twitch: Live Game Streaming for pc and mac

Twitch: Live Game Streaming for Pc

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Enjoy Ad-free Streaming with Twitch desktop app


Twitch is a free streaming service which intermittently puts in ads while in use. This app is a hybrid of gaming and non–gaming content. 

The services on Twitch are stratified. If you’re already an Amazon Prime user, your membership status gives you access to Twitch Prime with features like;

  • Extended broadcast storage for broadcasters (60 days instead of 14 days).
  • A single Twitch channel subscription (which includes ad-free viewing).
  • Exclusive emoticons
  • Expanded chat color options,
  • A chat badge
  • Free PC games each month. These games belong to the user.

The Twitch Prime channel is a mouthwatering package. With it you can watch anything you want without encountering ads while streaming. However, this does not prevent the hosts on the channel from running their own sponsored ads during streams.

Once you create a Twitch account, you can begin to follow the channels you want. Following these channels does not mean that you have subscribed. It only gives you the opportunity to be alerted when streamers begin broadcasting on any of the channels.

When it comes to gaming content, Twitch highlights a wide range of games and gaming genres. Not just that, but the gaming content has been painstakingly sorted by genre. What this means is that Twitch makes it relatively easier to find the content you want to stream. 

The really interesting thing about Twitch is the fact that it adjusts the streams to suit the speed of the internet connection on your device. As a result, Twitch streams are quite reliable, and the issues of video clarity (a lack of it) is quite rare. What’s more, you can manually adjust the bit rate from your device. 4K streaming is not supported on Twitch. 


Features of Twitch desktop:

Twitch has a lot of features which helps optimize streaming, as well as user experience. Some of these features are:

#1. Squad Stream:

This feature allows up to four users to broadcast today in one window, and in real-time. This way, viewers gain the benefit of multiple angles, a chance at discovering new creators, and interact.  

#2. Clip:

This is a feature that allows you to record moments of note and share. You can do this by recording the video from 25 seconds before you click the Clip button, and 5 seconds after. With the trimming feature, you can polish  the recorded video a little

#3. Theater/ Full Screen Mode:

Nothing beats a fully immersive visual experience. That’s why you need to activate the Theater Mode or the Full Screen Mode. You can do that by clicking the icon on the bottom-right corner of the video player. 

While Full Screen Mode enlarges the screen by exiting the chat feed, Theater Mode blackens the rest of the screen so that you can focus on the objects in the center of the screen.

Interaction has always been a huge part of Twitch. This is why you should sync your Twitch with your Discord account to be a part of private communities. You can interact, meet new people, exchange ideas, and bond with people who have the same likes and interests as you.

If you’re looking to broadcast from a PC, you should consider using the Creator dashboard. With this, you can keep track of the stats and keep up with your audience in real time.

Twitch is one app where you can enjoy yourself and have a lot of fun. Stream, interact, and enjoy premium content in real-time.


Pros of Twitch app for PC:

  • Great Interactive Interface
  • Exciting Features
  • Premium Gaming experience


  • Glitchy
  • Unskippable ads
  • App Lag
  • Too many ads

Download and install Twitch: Live Game Streaming on your Laptop or Desktop computer

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Or follow the guide below to use on PC:

Select your PC version:

  1. Windows 7-10
  2. Windows 11

If you want to install and use the Twitch: Live Game Streaming app on your PC or Mac, you will need to download and install a Desktop App emulator for your computer. We have worked diligently to help you understand how to use this app for your computer in 4 simple steps below:

Step 1: Download an Android emulator for PC and Mac

Ok. First things first. If you want to use the application on your computer, first visit the Mac store or Windows AppStore and search for either the Bluestacks app or the Nox App >> . Most of the tutorials on the web recommends the Bluestacks app and I might be tempted to recommend it too, because you are more likely to easily find solutions online if you have trouble using the Bluestacks application on your computer. You can download the Bluestacks Pc or Mac software Here >>

Step 2: Install the emulator on your PC or Mac

Now that you have downloaded the emulator of your choice, go to the Downloads folder on your computer to locate the emulator or Bluestacks application.
Once you have found it, click it to install the application or exe on your PC or Mac computer.
Now click Next to accept the license agreement.
Follow the on screen directives in order to install the application properly.
If you do the above correctly, the Emulator app will be successfully installed.

Step 3: for PC - Windows 7/8 / 8.1 / 10 / 11

Now, open the Emulator application you have installed and look for its search bar. Once you found it, type Twitch: Live Game Streaming in the search bar and press Search. Click on Twitch: Live Game Streamingapplication icon. A window of Twitch: Live Game Streaming on the Play Store or the app store will open and it will display the Store in your emulator application. Now, press the Install button and like on an iPhone or Android device, your application will start downloading. Now we are all done.
You will see an icon called "All Apps".
Click on it and it will take you to a page containing all your installed applications.
You should see the icon. Click on it and start using the application.

Step 4: for Mac OS

Hi. Mac user!
The steps to use Twitch: Live Game Streaming for Mac are exactly like the ones for Windows OS above. All you need to do is install the Nox Application Emulator or Bluestack on your Macintosh. The links are provided in step one

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How to download and install Twitch on Windows 11

To use mobile apps on your Windows 11, you need to install the Amazon Appstore. Once it's set up, you'll be able to browse and install mobile apps from a curated catalogue. If you want to run android apps on your Windows 11, this guide is for you.

Steps to setup your pc and download Twitch app on Windows 11:

  1. Check if your computer is compatible: Here are the minimum requirements:
    • RAM: 8GB (minimum), 16GB (recommended)
    • Storage: SSD
    • Processor:
      • Intel Core i3 8th Gen (minimum or above)
      • AMD Ryzen 3000 (minimum or above)
      • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8c (minimum or above)
    • Processor Architecture: x64 or ARM64
  2. Check if Twitch already has a native Windows version here ». If there is no native version, proceed to step 3.
  3. Install the Amazon Appstore from the Microsoft Store here ». Selecting "Get" will begin the installation of the App and will automatically install Windows Subsystem for Android too.
  4. After installation, the Amazon Appstore and the Windows Subsystem for Android Settings app will appear in the Start menu and your apps list. Open the Amazon Appstore and login with your Amazon account.
  5. Go to the Amazon App store and search for "Twitch". Open the app page by clicking the app icon. Click "Install". After installation, Click "Open" to start using the Twitch app.

To find Twitch Android app on Windows 11 after you install it, Go to Start menu » Recommended section. If you can't find the Twitch app there, click on "All apps" next to the pinned section in the Start menu and scroll through the list.

Was the setup process hard? Is Amazon Appstore on Windows not available in your country or Is Twitch app not working on your Windows 11? Simply download the APK directly and install via emulator. Follow the best guide for this here ».

Twitch: Live Game Streaming On iTunes

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Free On iTunes Twitch Interactive, Inc. 1627023 4.73217 12.7 17+

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Twitch: Live Game Streaming Software Features and Description

Experience the games you love like never before! Watch live streams and chat with devoted gamers around the world. Catch the action as it happens! Access all the content you care about, from frenetic Overwatch multiplayer matches to soothing Bob Ross art demos. With millions of unique streamers every day playing everything under the sun, if it’s worth watching, it’s live on Twitch right now. Twitch: TOP 3 FEATURES 1. Watch live videos of your favorite games, from blockbuster titles like Minecraft and League of Legends to little-known indie gems. 2. Connect with other gamers in real time with full-featured live chat. 3. Go live with a touch and share your passion with the world! Be a part of the leading social gaming platform on iPhone and iPad! With esports events, art, cooking, music and much more on demand, there’s something for everyone on Twitch. + Watch interactive live shows from the likes of Sony, Microsoft, Blizzard and Riot Games. + Tune into unique programming, from music festival live streams to exclusive video game events. + Discover new content with ease thanks to simple and intuitive navigation. + Switch to Dark Mode for those late night viewing sessions. Join the millions of hardcore and casual gamers who have found a place to connect over the games they love. Take your passion to the next level with Twitch! For feedback and assistance, please visit our Support Center: Please note: This app features Nielsen’s proprietary measurement software which contributes to market research, like Nielsen’s TV Ratings. Please see for more information

Top Pcmac Reviews

  • Honest critic

    By Mortal_Man (Pcmac user)

    While the app wasn’t the best for mobile streaming, or watching older videos (had plenty of times where the video would reset entirely after watching an ad, or just randomly flicker and then reset back to the start of the video), it did work well enough, though I still don’t understand why the method of getting bits by watching ads was removed from mobile, despite already giving barely any bits by comparison to what you would get for watching an ad on your computer. The recent change of adding “recommended channels” to the home screen is buggy for me and doesn’t actually load correctly (being stuck with the initial error message as well as the “recommended channels”), but reloading the page works as a workaround for now. I personally find most of the recommendations, despite being a push to make me watch more content... distasteful, as most of them are people I followed and didn’t want to see again as the community was either to exclusive, or I didn’t really connect with the streamer. So honestly, it shouldn’t go on the home page where I have my listing of what I started watching, and the streamers I do want to watch and am following. (More to follow
  • It’s not a bad app but....

    By McCaseyFresh (Pcmac user)

    It’s not a bad app but it would be nice to be able to subscribe and donate to people straight from the app. Besides all that the Twitch app seems to have been working just fine for me for quite some time now. I really enjoy being able to watch my friends and favorite streamers while on the go. It’s also a great time passer when sitting at my psychiatrists office and having a 3-4 hour wait just to see my doctor for 5 to 10 minutes. I don’t know anything about the live streaming part because I just use the mobile app to watch. But as far as that it seems to work pretty good. It would be PERFECT if they’d implement the “subscribe” and “donate” buttons somewhere in the app though. Maybe put it on the screen next to the “follow/heart” button on the actual stream video. Ive looked everywhere on the app and hadn’t been able to find the sub or donate anywhere on the app and will feel pretty stupid if it’s been there the whole time but none of my friends or viewers have been able to find it either. Please update this app and add those 2 things and people would probably use the app a lot more!
  • A major suggestion

    By MoonlitSkyPaintingBlue (Pcmac user)

    I did not know this app defaults to auto play. Not to say there’s anything wrong with auto playing streams themselves but I was not aware of it and as a result I assumed a stream would end if I let the phone be. Halfway through a late night stream, I fell asleep without worries. However, I woke up and found my phone went from 100% to 13%. The streams stopped it from naturally falling into sleep mode after I unplugged it and set it to low power mode. This night of nonstop video playing no doubt harmed my phone battery’s maximum capacity, meaning it will be quicker to drop to 0% in the future and I did not intend for that. My suggestion is that you please make a pop up for mobile that stops the stream, live or otherwise, and asks the viewer “Are you still there?” after one or two auto plays have already occurred without outside input. If there’s no further response, the phone can fall into sleep mode. If there is someone still watching, they’ll tap ‘Yes’ and keep watching. Anyway, I’ve turned off auto play in settings, so this problem won’t happen for me again. But I still I wouldn’t want any people starting out with this app to make the same mistake I did.
  • Unstable as of late

    By Shane247 (Pcmac user)

    I used to never have problems with twitch, it was one of the apps I used to always get on and just watch a stream for fun. After a while I left because had life things to handle. But recently I decided it was a good time to get back on twitch. Was I wrong, yes and no. While the audio is fine without video, I’ve had troubles watching a stream and have audio at the same time. While the video plays just fine, it’s the audio that don’t work well on the stream. While I’ve been thinking maybe it could be my end, but when it’s been constant, I just don’t see the point in watching anything. Another thing, you removed the option to switch from 720 to something like 480, how can you test something to make sure it’s not your end if you actually take away a feature that was fine to begin with. I get the times are changing and technology is getting more and more advanced, trust me, I was born in the age of technology’s very beginnings of taking over. Just fix the stability of the app please, is that so much to ask. And please just add back a 480p button just for the users who can’t watch in 720.

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