How To Setup Donations On Twitch

Going full time on Twitch requires some kind of monetary income - here's how to setup donations for your Twitch channel

How to donate on twitch

For many, streaming on Twitch is merely a pastime – a way of kicking back with your friends and showing off your gaming skills. However, for others, streaming can become a full-time job. The potential for earning on Twitch is huge, with many top-tier streamers making more money than you could probably imagine.

For struggling streamers, one way to help get monetary gains is by setting up donations. This is a way your Twitch fans can support you in making more frequent and better content.

In the following article, we’ll be walking you through how to setup donations on Twitch and discussing some areas that are worth considering if you’re looking to get into full-time streaming.

With that being said, let’s dive straight into it!

Method 1

Setting Up Twitch bit And Subscription Donations

The official method for users to donate via the Twitch platform is bits and subscriptions. Here's how to utilize both on your channel.

1

Become A Twitch Partner or Affiliate

Twitch bits and subscriptions can only be received by Twitch affiliates or partners. That means you'll have to become one or the other in your quest for additional revenue.

To get partnership status, you must signup via the Twitch program (click here) and ensure that you meet the guidelines. A full list of guidelines are available on the website, but for the most part you, you must show:

  • Have at least 50 followers
  • Get 5 people chatting at the same time
  • Stream for 25 hours
  • Stream on 12 different days
  • Average 75 viewers

If you can demonstrate these achievements, you will be able to apply for the Twitch partner scheme - allowing you then to receive subscriptions and Twitch Bits.

Method 2

Setting Up A Donation Button

There are a number of different services that will allow you to create donation buttons for your Twitch panel. Whether you're using Streamlabs, Muxy, Paypal, or PeachPay, the endgoal of a donation button is pretty much the same.

For the purposes of this article, we'll be using Streamlabs.

1

Load Streamlabs and navigate to the settings menu

You'll need to go directly to the Streamlabs settings menu to enable PayPal donation drops. This can be found on the navigation bar underneath the subscriber history.

2

Add Your Payment details to Streamlabs

Inside settings, ensure that 'Method' is selected. This tab will allow you to add all the relevant payment details to your Streamlabs donation link.

3

Alter your payment settings

Once you've added your payment details under the 'Method' tab, you can then click the 'Settings' tab to ensure the donation settings meet your requirements.

4

Save Settings and add your link to your Twitch channel

Once you've preferred settings have been entered, simply save them by clicking the 'Save settings' button at the bottom of the screen.

Once you have confirmed this, you can add a button to your Twitch profile that links you directly to this donation page.

There is a tonne of different platforms that allow you to set up similar donation links - however, for us, Streamlabs is one of the easier options.

Conclusion

So, there you have it, our quick rundown on how to setup donations on Twitch. Getting up and running can be tricky in this extremely competitive platform – utilizing donation pages is the only way some streamer can survive.

If you have any questions regarding the process, feel free to drop us a comment in the section below. Better still, you can head over to our Community Hub where you can discuss everything Twitch-related with like-minded individuals.

The Author Who Worked On This Article

Charlie Noon
Charlie Noon
For as long as I can remember, I've always been interested in computers and gaming. It all started with the Sega Mega Drive and then evolved into PC gaming in my early teens. CS 1.6 was my first go at competitive gaming which soon evolved into CS:Source and now CS:GO - a game that I still play (almost exclusively) today. Throughout that period I have been a keen PC builder and enthusiast - dedicating a large portion of my time to the craft. My current rig is an ASUS 5700XT with AMD's Ryzen 3600X.

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