Have you been experiencing delays and latency issues while streaming on Twitch? Furthermore, have you tried everything you could think of to troubleshoot to no avail? If so, switching your Twitch server may solve your problem. Changing servers is a simple way to help improve your streaming quality and provide a smoother experience for your viewers. This article will explain what a Twitch server is, its impact on your stream, and how to change your server to improve your stream quality.
What Is a Twitch Server?
When someone streams on Twitch, video and audio data is sent to a Twitch server. The server, which manages the stream's traffic, ensuring it is delivered smoothly to viewers worldwide, then pushes the stream to viewers.Twitch uses a network of servers to ensure that streams are delivered quickly and reliably, optimizing the streaming experience for the streamer and the viewer.
How to Change Your Twitch Server on Twitch
Historically, one could change their server directly from the stream settings on their Twitch Creator Dashboard. However, it appears that is no longer possible. Below are the instructions for popular streaming softwares, Streamlabs Desktop and OBS. if you stream outside of those software, please refer to their customer support for help.
How to Change Your Twitch Server on Streamlabs Desktop
Changing your Twitch server is very simple using Streamlabs Desktop. Here's how to do it:
- Open Streamlabs Desktop and connect your Twitch account.
- Click the Settings button towards the bottom left corner of your screen.
- In the Settings menu, click on the Stream tab. When you select the Stream settings for, you may see a message “Stream to Custom Ingest”. Please select this to get to the next window.
- Once the stream settings are open, ensure you're connected to Twitch as your service.
- Under Server, choose the server you want to switch to by selecting it from the dropdown.
- Once you have chosen the new server, click the Done button to save your changes.
Streamlabs will now use the new server for your Twitch stream. Changing servers during a live stream can cause a brief interruption—it's best to make the switch during a break, period of low activity or before going live entirely.
How to Change Your Twitch Server on OBS
If you're using OBS to stream on Twitch, you can change your Twitch server by following the below steps.
- Open OBS and connect your Twitch account.
- Click the Settings button towards the bottom right corner of your screen (under Controls).
- In the Settings menu, select Stream.
- Under Stream, double-check you're connected to Twitch (under Service).
- From the Server window, choose the one you want to switch to by selecting it from the dropdown.
- Once you have chosen the new server, click the OK button to save your changes.
OBS will now use the new server for your Twitch stream.
Whether you're using Twitch, Streamlabs Desktop, or OBS, changing your Twitch server is a simple process that can make a world of difference. Changing your Twitch server can improve your streaming quality and provide a better experience for your viewers. And now, you’re equipped with the knowledge to do so for your future streams.