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Twitch streaming is fun, but when you have millions of followers on your channel, you wouldn’t want anything to go wrong, isn’t it? If you want to learn how to private stream on twitch to make sure all the connections (mic, webcam) are perfect, our self-tested guide will definitely help you out.
Before writing this guide, I consulted a friend of mine who regularly streams Fortnite on twitch, and he suggested me some amazing alternatives which I have shared below. So better read the entire blog and find out how to private stream on twitch for testing.
How to Private Stream On Twitch
Method 1: An Alternate Account
My friend Joe, who streams Fortnite on twitch, told me he has two additional twitch accounts, which he uses to test his webcam, microphone, and other essential settings while streaming.
So basically, he has three accounts, one main account and two separate accounts, out of which one he uses as a viewer to check if his microphone and webcam quality is set up correctly, and the other account to test if his streaming setup is working fine (live subscribers, donation links, etc.).
If you are a famous streamer, just make sure you don’t associate the alternate accounts with your actual streaming account, otherwise, your private stream won’t be private anymore.
Method 2: Subscribers only streaming
If you are still skeptical about the above-written method, then you can launch a subscribers-only stream so that only your subscribers can watch the live stream. This is not 100% private streaming, but it at least prevents your live streams from being publicly accessible to non-subscribers. But, sub-only streaming has a few conditions that are,
- Should be a twitch affiliate partner
- 90 days of broadcasting history
- no community violations.
If you meet these criteria, then follow the steps to start a subscribers-only live stream.
- Launch the broadcaster dashboard like you always do.
- Head over to the audience settings dialogue box, and select the all subscribers option. This will enable you to stream only to your subscribers.
- If you want to, you can uncheck the two options below, “Include moderators, VIP” if you don’t want them to be a part of your subscribers-only Livestream.
Method 3: Test on other platforms
If your only goal is to test your live streaming setup before you go public, then you can test it on other platforms too. There are several platforms, such as Facebook, Discord, and YouTube, that let you stream privately so that you can check if everything’s right or not.
If you are familiar with the platforms but don’t know how to Livestream on them, let’s quickly learn it.
Private streaming on Discord
Discord is famous for its community/server-building features. You can establish your own server, host channels, and do anything you wish to. However, discord is still testing its latest streaming feature, and only allows a maximum of 50 members in one Livestream, but we have got nothing to do with that.
Let’s learn how to private stream on discord.
Step 1: Create a server
The first thing you have to do is create a new server, and don’t add anyone. But if you wish to add a few friends, then send them an invite link.
Step 2: Going live
Now, create a voice channel, name it something, and click on it. You can now see an option to share the screen, click on it and share your screen.
That’s how you go live on discord, privately. You can add your alternate account, check the microphone, web camera, and whatnot. Once you are sure of everything, go live on twitch.
Private Stream on YouTube
Going live on youtube is a child’s play. Open youtube on your desktop, and click on the “Go live” button. Now give your stream a title, say, test, and a description too. In the visibility settings, you have to choose the private option, and that’s it.
Private streaming on Facebook
Last but not the least, let’s learn how to privately stream on Facebook. The first step is to create a Facebook page, and not invite anyone to like/follow it. Now click on the go-live button, and two options will appear.
Facebook allows you to test your Livestream before you go public, so basically, there’s no need to create a new page for that, but to stay on the safer side, you should still create a new page and choose the first option.
And that’s how you private stream on Facebook. Simple, isn’t it? My personal suggestion to you would be to choose an alternate platform instead of Twitch for private streaming because it is more convenient.
Is Private Streaming on Twitch Good?
Wrapping up with one of the most asked questions but streamers, in my honest opinion, No. Private streaming on discord or YouTube is much better than Twitch. As you have already read the steps to private stream on discord and youtube, you know how simple it is to test a Livestream before making it public.
Let’s hope twitch introduces a similar feature too. Till then, use the alternatives and happy streaming.
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By Sam Rhodes
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