Growing your audience on Twitch can be a very exciting experience. However, as your audience grows, you may find yourself trying to find the balance between creating compelling content and controlling the conversation going on in the chat. To help you focus your energy on entertaining your audience, Twitch allows you to add trusted users as moderators (“mod” for short) to help you facilitate various tasks while you live stream.
Twitch mods (which are easily identified by the green sword icon next to their name) can complete tasks such as deleting comments or banning users that may be spamming or breaking rules during your live stream. If you haven’t considered adding a moderator to your live stream, you absolutely should so you can give your undivided attention to delivering high-quality content. There are three simple ways to add a user as a moderator for your Twitch live stream, and below are the steps for each.
From Your Twitch Dashboard
- On your Twitch Dashboard, head over to the “Community” tab and click “Roles Manager”.
- Next, click “Add a role”.
- In the search bar, type in the name of the user you wish to add as a mod.
- Check off the box next to “Moderator” and click save.
Using the /mod Chat Command
- After starting your live stream on Twitch, invite the person you like to make a mod to join.
- In the chat box, type in the command /mod USER, replacing “user” with the username of the person you wish to mod your stream. For example, if you were adding Streamlabs as a mod, you’d type in /mod Streamlabs.
- You’ve successfully added a moderator and can carry on your stream while they help manage your chat.
From the User’s Profile
- After starting your stream, click the username of the person you wish to assign as a moderator.
- Once you click their username, an icon will appear with an outline of a person and a plus (+) sign.
- Click on the plus sign to add the user as a moderator.
- If you wish to add additional moderators, repeat the above steps for each individual.
After you’ve added a Twitch mod, you may want to consider leveling up your live stream by granting shared access to your Streamlabs Dashboard. This enables you to assign moderators and customize what actions they may take on your behalf. Streamlabs recently made some adjustments to improve mod tools, including increased custom permissions, enhanced security measures, and improved user access. Below are some steps for adding shared access for Streamlabs. You can also check out this article to learn more about these mod access tools improvements and how they can help you manage your future live streams.
- Log in to your Streamlabs dashboard.
- On the homepage, scroll down to Settings on the bottom-left side of your browser window.
- Click on “Settings” then “Shared Access.”
- Next, hit this “Add User” button.
- Once you hit “Add User,” you’ll be presented with a few role options. Select “Moderator” and customize the permissions.
- Hit “Next,” then copy and paste the link to share with the user to grant them Moderator access.
Adding a mod to your Twitch live stream is a great way to delegate the task of controlling the chat so you can focus your energy on delivering good content. Try adding a mod to your next live stream, and let us know what you think!