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Last Updated: Apr 05, 2016 06:12AM PDT

The Twitch VOD System

With Twitch you can have content you stream recorded and archived for later use, find out how it all works and what you need to do to get started!

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A VOD (video on demand) on Twitch is past streamed content on Twitch. Utilizing VOD's can help grow your channel and also allow your fans to watch content they may have missed otherwise. By default the saving of VOD's is disabled, however following this guide we'll show you how to get started.
Users can not upload videos to their channel, it is for previously streamed content only

Enabling VOD Saving

​First, go to your settings in order to enable VOD saving. You can do this either by going to your settings page and then clicking the "Channel & Videos" tab or you can click here.

Once you are on the "Channel & Videos" settings page, scroll down and tick the checkbox marked "Archive  Broadcasts", then proceed down to save your settings. Once done you should see a pop-up on the top of your screen telling you that your profile has been updated (see below for an image on the section to be enabled).


Managing your Videos

Now that you have enabled archiving, Twitch will automatically save your broadcasts. For non-turbo users your videos will be saved for 14 days before being deleted. Twitch Partners and Twitch Turbo users will have their broadcasts saved for 60 days before being deleted.

You can manage your VODs and Highlights using the video manager provided by Twitch by going to: (replace "yourchannelname" with your actual Twitch handle). You will be automatically directed to managing your past broadcasts, however you can also switch over to highlights by clicking the highlights option in the tab at the top.

Alternatively, check out the video below for a tour of the video manager.

​As of August 6th 2014, users can no longer save broadcasts forever; however, you can make a highlight of your past broadcast (of any length) which will be saved permanently.


The process is easy and hassle free! To highlight a specific part in a VOD you can do so by going to your Twitch profile ( and then clicking the "Past Broadcasts" tab. From there select the VOD you wish to highlight.

Once the page has loaded go ahead and hit that cog wheel again, but this time select "highlight" and you will be redirected to a page with the VOD loaded and two draggable markers. The far left marker indicates the start of the highlight and the far right marker indicates the end of the marker. Alternatively you can use the text fields below the video to set specific start and end times if you know what you are looking for at a specific time.

After you have the segment you wish to highlight selected, hit the "Describe Highlight" button to the right and you will be prompted for a title, description, the game being played in the highlight, and the language (the game will default to the game listed on the VOD and the language will default to your selected language on your Twitch settings).

Once your settings are done, hit "Create Highlight" and you will be given two text boxes, one containing your highlight URL and the other with an embed snippet so you can feature the VOD on your website if you want. This is completely separate from your original VOD. Due to how the highlight system works Twitch will automatically save the highlight with no expiration.

Deleting a VOD or Highlight

Maybe you have done something embarrassing, you think a VOD is not entertaining enough, or you just want to generally delete a VOD, you can. It is as simple as heading to your video manager, finding the VOD you wish to delete, clicking "More" and then proceeding to the delete option as seen below:

You can also delete your highlights if you wish to by clicking the "Highlights" tab at the top, finding the highlight you wish to delete, clicking "More" and then proceeding to the delete option.