- Linking Twitch to Discord allows you to manage and interact with your subscribers on one platform.
- You can send out a notification to your Discord channel every time you’re live on Twitch, making it easier for members to join your stream.
- Twitch Partners or Twitch Affiliates can connect their Discord servers, while others can only add a link to their Twitch profile on Discord.
Did you know you can seamlessly link Twitch to Discord in just a few simple steps? Whether you’re new to Twitch or you’re an established streamer, linking Twitch to Discord allows you to manage and interact with your subscribers on one platform. We will cover each step in detail below.
The Benefits of Linking Twitch to Discord
Linking Twitch to Discord provides you with several handy new features. The most notable is you can send out a notification to your Discord channel every time you’re live on Twitch. It will make it much easier for members to join your stream.
You can also create custom Discord channels for specific subscribers and assign roles. It’s a great way to reward loyal subscribers! As a viewer, you can browse and interact with your favorite Twitch streamer’s Discord channels in one place.
Before we start, there’s one crucial point to keep in mind. Anyone can link their Twitch and Discord accounts, but only Twitch Partners or Twitch Affiliates can connect their Discord servers. To become a Twitch Affiliate, you need to meet the requirements and submit an application. You can follow this tutorial for more information.
So, if you don’t have a special relationship with Twitch, you can only add a link to your Twitch profile on Discord. There are a lot of nifty features you can play around with, but let’s start with the basics.
How to Link Your Twitch Profile to Discord as a Viewer
When you link your Discord and Twitch accounts, they’ll automatically find the Discord servers of the Twitch channels that you subscribe to on Twitch. It’s an easy way to find Discord servers that you might have missed. Let’s walk through the steps to link Twitch to your Discord profile as a viewer.
Step #1: Sign In to Discord and Twitch
Linking Twitch to Discord is easier if you sign in to both platforms beforehand. Open Discord on your computer and make sure you’re signed into the right account. Next, open Twitch in a browser and do the same. Keep in mind that when you link your Twitch and Discord accounts, it will automatically link the accounts that are signed in.
Step #2: Open Discord’s Connection Settings
Open Discord and click on the gear cog next to your profile name. It should be in the bottom left corner. Select Connections. Here you’ll see a list of icons representing the various platforms that can integrate with Discord.
Step #3: Select Twitch and Allow Permissions
If you don’t see Twitch, click on View More and select it from the list. When you select Twitch, your browser will automatically attempt to link your Discord and Twitch accounts.
A webpage will appear asking you to allow Twitch permissions. When successfully linked, Twitch should automatically appear under your list of Connections in Discord. In the same menu, you will see a list of sub-enabled servers. These are Discord servers that Twitch streamers created for their subscribers.
How to Link Your Discord Server to Twitch
If you’re a Twitch Partner or Affiliate, you can link your Discord server to Twitch and have it automatically sync with your Twitch subscribers. Discord can also automatically assign server roles based on the status of your Twitch subscribers. We will walk you through each step in detail.
Step #1: Add Twitch to Discord Server Integrations
Head over to your Discord server, click the drop-down menu in the top left corner, and select Server Settings. Next, select Integrations. If you linked your Twitch and Discord profiles and you are a Twitch Affiliate or Partner, you will see an option to integrate Twitch here. If you don’t see Twitch here, you may need to repeat the process of linking your Twitch profile to Discord.
Step #2: Configure Grace Period
Discord automatically creates new roles based on your Twitch channel. Click on Manage next to Twitch and you’ll see more information about your Twitch channel. In this menu, you’ll be able to assign a Grace Period for Expired Subs. What that means is when one of your Twitch subscribers leaves the platform or unsubscribes from your channel, they’ll also be removed from your Discord server.
Step #3: Create and Edit General Roles
Now that you linked your Twitch channel to your Discord server, it’s time to start assigning roles and permissions. In Server Settings, select Connections, expand Twitch, and click on Twitch Subscriber, under Synced Role. You’ll be taken to the Role Configuration menu where you can change role names, colors, and permissions. For the first role, it’s recommended to disable every permission except Read Text Channels & See Voice Channels and Read Message History.
Step #4: Create a Discord Channel for Specific Twitch Roles
Your Discord server can have multiple text channels that only members with specific roles can use. First, click the drop-down on your Discord server and select Create Category. Enter a name that suits the role you want to assign; it could be “General” or “New Members.” Toggle the Private Category button and choose which role can access the category.
You can also follow our tutorial on how to create a welcome channel on Discord here.
Step #5: Edit Category Permissions
Once your new category is created, right-click on it and select Edit Category. In the menu, select Permissions. This is where you can configure how members can interact with this text channel. Most of the roles will be the same as what you created earlier but now you can edit Text Permissions.
The permissions you allow will depend on how you want to set up your server. However, we recommend enabling the following settings for new members:
- Read Text Channels & See Voice Channels
- Send Messages
- Disable Text to Speak
- Disable Manage Messages
- Disabled Links
- Disable Attach Files
- Enable Read History
- Disable Mention Everyone
- Enable Add Reactions
- Enable Connect Voice and Speak Permissions
Step #6: Save Permissions and Create Channel
Once you’re satisfied with your settings, click the plus icon next to your new channel category to create a channel. You can choose Text, Voice, or Announcement Channel. Add a channel name, toggle Private Channel, select the access roles, and create the channel. To test the channel, open Server Settings, Roles, click on the Role you want to test, and click on View Server as Role.
Additional Tips for Linking Twitch and Discord
Double-check Your Public Discord Connections
Discord allows you to connect to a wide range of platforms and social media, but you might not want to make each connection public. For example, if you link your Facebook account to Discord, your Discord profile will show your Facebook name and a link to your Facebook profile. This could be an invasion of your privacy. It’s important to double-check your connections and see which ones are public.
Encourage Your Twitch Subscribers to Link Their Twitch and Discord Profiles
If you want to use your Discord server as your main community hub, it’s important to encourage your Twitch subscribers to link their profiles with Discord. When they do that, they’ll be able to see your Discord server and interact with it. It will also be easier for you to manage roles because you’ll know who is a Twitch subscriber and who is not.
Assign a Moderator to Your Discord Channel
With a new influx of members, your Discord channel can become quite messy. Moderators help maintain a positive and orderly environment by enforcing rules, managing conflicts, and preventing spam or inappropriate content. There are Discord bots that can automatically moderate new members, but a human touch is often needed as well. If you’re not sure how to make a mod on Discord, read this article.
So, whether you’re an established streamer or you are a Twitcher viewer, linking your Twitch to Discord is a good idea. Instead of using two separate platforms, you can use Discord as your main hub for interacting with streamers or subscribers. It might take some time to configure everything exactly how you want it, but it will be worth it in the long run. Remember, to link Twitch to Discord, you simply:
- Sign in to Discord and Twitch.
- Open Discord’s Connection settings.
- Select Twitch and allow permissions.
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