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Useful Settings in the Twitch App

Last Updated: Aug 10, 2017 10:19AM PDT
This guide will help you with some of the more commonly requested features and their settings so that you can set up the Twitch App to work for you.

Useful Settings in the Twitch App

This guide is to help users with the most commonly requested settings in the Twitch App.

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The Twitch App has many settings allowing you to set it up to behave or look the way that best fits your style. This guide will help you with the most common ones that users ask help for.

Getting to Settings

For many of these you will need to go into your Settings. This is fairly easy to do.

In the Twitch App click on the icon; then select File from the options in the menu.

Next, click on the Settings option.

Light/Dark Theme

The Twitch App has a light and dark theme that you can choose which to use.

Light Theme Dark Theme

In your Settings you will want to be in the General section.

Under the Appearance section locate the THEME options. Click on which of the two themes you are wanting to use.

Once done the theme will display instantly without needing to relaunch.

When I Click "X"

There are a lot of options in this section that can customize how the Twitch App behaves. One such option is how the Twitch App behaves when you click on the "X".

Windows macOS

You have three options for how the Twitch App behaves when you click on the "X" in the upper corner.

Windows users have the options of the following:

Minimize Twitch App to the Task Bar

This will not close out the Twitch App, but have it minimized to your Task Bar for easy access, and continual use.

To close completely right click on the Twitch icon in the Task Bar, and chose Exit Twitch.

Minimize Twitch App to the System Tray

This will not close the Twitch App, but will move it to a location a little less in the way while still allowing you to use it and easy access to it.

To close completely right click on the Twitch icon in the System Tray, and chose Exit.

For those macOS users you will have the following options:

Miniminze Twitch to the dock

This will not close the Twitch App, but have it minimized to your dock for easy access, and continual use.

Make the Twitch App your active application then hit Command ⌘ + Q.

Hide Twitch

This will not close the Twitch App, but will not put the window in the dock. You will only see the Twitch icon.

Make the Twitch App your active application then hit Command ⌘ + Q.

Both Windows and macOS has the option to Exit Twitch.

Exit Twitch

This option will cause the Twitch App to completely close once the "X" is clicked.

Set Up Option

Go to your Settings. Then make sure you are in the General section.

This will require you to relaunch the Twitch App each time you need to use it.

Start with Windows

Some people like to have some of their apps to load up when they boot up Windows, and some don't. So you have the option to either have it start or not when you boot up Windows.

Note: This is only a setting in the Windows version.

Start out by heading to your Settings, and make sure you are in the General section.

Scroll down until you see START TWITCH WHEN I START WINDOWS.

If you want the Twitch App to start with Windows toggle it on (so it's purple). If you don't want it to toggle it off (so it's faded).

Status Activity

The Twitch App allows you the option to see what Streamer your friends are watching, or let your buddies know what game you are playing using the Status Activity.

Start out by heading to your Settings, and make sure you are in the Privacy section.

Under the Activity section you will find SHARE MY ACTIVITY.

If you would like your friends to see what you are playing or what stream you are watching you will want to toggle it on (so it's purple). If you don't want it to toggle it off (so it's faded).

Push-To-Talk

You can set up Push-To-Talk (PTT) so that every sound you make does not get broadcasted to those you are chatting to. The Twitch App provides several settings for you to help set up your PTT in a manner that best works for you.

Start out by heading to your Settings, and then click on the Keybind option in the menu.

Under Keybinds you will find the option to toggle the Push-To-Talk on and off. There is also the option to set a keybind to activate the PTT. As well as a Cough Button option.

  • Push-to-Talk - Allows Voice activity while pressed instead of Voice Activation.
  • Push-to-Mute (Cough Button) - Mutes while key is pushed.

The Twitch App provides some more features for PTT under the Audio/Video settings. Head back to your Settings, and then click on the Audio/Video option in the menu.

There are several more option for customizing your PTT.

  • Push-to-Talk - This is the key you will press to either transmit or pause transmission.
  • Always - Requires you to always use PTT and cancels out any voice activation.
  • Toggle Mode - Toggles the transmissions by using your push-to-talk key.
  • Cutoff Delay - Continues to transmit for a short time after releasing the PTT.

Notifications

Start out by heading to your Settings, and then click on the Notifications option in the menu.

The Twitch App give you lots of options so that you can set up your notifications to work for you.

Preferences

Notifications let you know when you have received a message or a friend request among other important events. You have several options for setting these up more to your liking.

For this you need to locate the Preferences section in the Notification settings

  • Toasts - Toggles on and off the Toast notification option. Toast location can be placed on any monitor you have, and in any corner by using the Position and Display.

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Click on See Example to see how it will appear on your computer.

 

  • Hide Toast Notifications When I'm Playing a Game - This keeps the notifications from popping up while in a game.
  • Sounds - This will turn on sounds to audibly let you know you have received a notification.
  • Mute Notification Sound When Playing a Game - This will keep Curse from making noises while you play.

Friend Notifications

Want to be more specific with what friend notifications you want, and don't want to receive?

For this you need to locate the Friend Notifications section.

ou can turn on/off the toast (visual) notifications and/or any audible ones.

Note: Notification sound will be sent through the sound output device you have set up in the Speakers/Headphone section of Audio.

Group & Server Notification

Want to be more specific with what group and server notifications you want, and don't want to receive?

For this you need to locate the Group & Server Notifications section.

You can turn on/off the toast (visual) notifications and/or any audible ones.

Event Notification

Want to be more specific with what events (polls and giveaway) notifications you want, and don't want to receive?

For this you need to locate the Events Notifications section.

You can turn on/off the toast (visual) notifications. There are no sound notification for Events.

Streamer Notification

Want to be more specific with what streamer notifications you want, and don't want to receive?

For this you need to locate the Streamer Notifications section.

You can turn on/off the toast (visual) notifications and/or any audible ones.