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How to Save Streams on Twitch – Quick Methods

After finishing an entertaining Twitch stream, many creators just let it disappear into the void. Imagine if a viewer didn’t have the time to catch your live stream, and when it ends, streamers don’t provide them with anything to enjoy previous broadcasts. 

Luckily, Twitch offers various methods to help creators save their previous broadcasts allowing users to watch them long after they have ended. 

Twitch highlights and VODs are some of the most prominent options, but with new streamers joining in, everyone isn’t sure how to carry it out.

In this article, we will dive into how to save streams on Twitch and some other topics to help you get complete insight.

How to Save Streams on Twitch

1. Enabling Twitch VODs

Videos on demand, also called VODs, are a complete recording of streams, including the chat. Enabling VODs is essential before streaming content you want to save. 

Here’s a quick breakdown to enable VODs:

  1. Head to Twitch and log into your account.
  2. Once you are in, click on your profile icon in the top right corner.
  1. Next, choose the “Creator Dashboard” option from the drop-down menu.
  1. Then, click on settings on the left sidebar.
  1. Choose the “Stream” option to change stream settings.
  1. Scroll down to VOD settings.
  1. Turn on the “Store past broadcast” settings. 
  1. If you don’t want to manually publish your VODs, toggle on “Always Publish VODs.”

2. Making Highlights of Your Streams

With this method, you can easily create short highlights of your streams that your viewers can access whenever they want. 

Here’s how you can create highlights of your streams:

  1. Log on to Twitch and select “Creator Dashboard.”
  1. Choose the “Content” option from the dashboard.
  1. Click on “Video Producer from the drop-down menu.”
  1. Now select the VOD you want to make highlights for.
  1. Click on the three vertical dots next to your VOD.
  1. Choose the “Highlight” option. 
  1. This will open a new screen with your VOD and editing options.
  2. Select the length of the clip.
  1. Fill out the highlight’s title, tags, and other information.
  1. Lastly, click on the “Publish Highlights” button. 

How to Find Your Saved VODs on Twitch

After creating VODS of your streams, another important step is to find the actual VODs. To help you with that, here’s a step-by-step guide to finding and downloading your preferred VODs:

  1. First, click on your profile icon and select “Channel.”
  1. Then go over to “Videos” from the horizontal menu.
  1. Once inside, you can see all the videos on your channel.
  2. Choose the “Edit Videos” option to open the “Video Producer” panel. 
  1. Select the videos you want to download.
  1. Click on the three dots.
  1. From the drop-down menu, select “Download.”
  1. After a few seconds, your download will begin. 

Downloading VODs is a great way to keep your streams accessible to your viewers even when they end. And if you are starting your streaming career, sharing your content to as many platforms as possible is essential. 

Delete VODs and Highlights

Now that you know the basics behind saving VODs and creating highlights, you might wonder how to delete them. 

Here are a few simple steps to delete highlights and VODs:

  1. Click on your profile logo and select the “Video Producer” settings.
  1. Here, choose the VOD or highlight you want to delete. 
  1. Click on the three dots next to your VOD or highlight.
  1. From the drop-down menu, select the “Delete” option.

How to Save Twitch Live Streams on Android and iPhone

Although downloading Twitch live streams on mobile devices is quite simple, you will need to download additional reliable third-party apps to make the process flow smoothly.

1. For Android Devices 

We suggest turning on the “Desktop Site” settings to make things easier. To toggle these settings, follow these steps:

  • Open your browser and head to Twitch.com.
  • Then tap on the three dots at the top right corner of your screen. 
  • From the drop-down menu, press the “Desktop Site” box.

Once this setting is turned on, you will have an interface similar to a computer or a laptop.

  1. Press the profile icon and choose “Video Producer” from the drop-down menu.
  1. Select the video you want to download and tap on the three dots next to it.
  1. Tap on the “Download” option.
  1. Once the download is complete, you can enjoy your Twitch videos on your iPhone. 

2. For iOS Devices

Similar to the method for Android devices, iOS users also have to turn on the desktop website option. 

Here’s a quick rundown to toggle it on: 

  • Open your browser and head over to Twitch.com. 
  • Now tap on the “aA” icon.
  • Select the “Request Desktop Website” option.

Once you are done, follow these steps to download your preferred VODs:

  1. Tap on your profile icon and select the “Video Producer” option.
  1. Navigate to the video you want to download and press the three dots next to it. 
  1. Tap on the “Download” option.
  1. After a few seconds, your download will begin. 

Sub-only Mode On VODs

When dealing with VODs, there is also an option for a sub-only mode that allows you to make your videos available only to your subscribers.

Here’s how you can activate the sub-only mode:

  1. Click on your profile logo and select “Creator Dashboard.”
  1. Choose the “Settings” option. 
  1. From the drop-down menu, choose “Stream” settings.       
  1. Scroll down to “Clip Settings.”
  1. Under this section, select “Subscribers-only.”

How Long Do VODs Last For?

If you are a regular Twitch streamer, you can save your previous broadcasts for a specific period, then VODs are saved for 14 days. And if you are a Twitch partner, all saved Twitch broadcasts can be accessible on the site for 60 days, but after this, you will no longer be able to access them.

Conclusion

Saving streams on Twitch is a great way to make streams accessible to viewers at any time on several platforms. After going through our detailed article, it should be pretty straightforward to save your previous broadcasts by creating VODs or highlights. 

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