How to manage your friends on Twitch

Updated: 12/31/2017 by Computer Hope

The Twitch logo.Twitch is a great place to watch the some of the world's best players stream your favorite video games. Beyond that, you might make a friend or two. The friends feature allows you to add, remove, chat with, and appear offline to other Twitch users. To find out how to use one or more of these features, make your selection from the list below and follow the instructions.

How to add a friend by searching

  1. Navigate to the Twitch website.
  2. On the homepage, click the Log In button in the upper right-hand corner of the browser window.

The Log In button on twitch.

  1. Once you've signed in, locate the Search to Add Friends box located in the lower left-hand corner of the screen.

A bar is which a Twitch user may search for friends.

  1. When you receive your results, mouseover the player's name and click on the add friend icon, shown in the red square below.

A list of results from a friend search on Twitch.

  1. A request will be sent, but you'll need to wait for the other user to accept.

How to add a friend from a stream

  1. Navigate to the Twitch website.
  2. On the homepage, click the Log In button in the upper right-hand corner of the browser window.

The twitch bar with the Log In button.

  1. Browse to any user's Twitch stream
  2. In the chat window, find the user you'd like to add, click on their name, and then the Add Friend button.

Twitch chat friend screen.

  1. A request will be sent, but you'll need to wait for the other user to accept.

How to chat with a friend

  1. Navigate to the Twitch website.
  2. On the homepage, click the Log In button in the upper right-hand corner of the browser window.

The twitch bar with the Log In button highlighted.

  1. In the upper right-hand corner of the screen, click the down arrow next to your username.

The twitch down arrow that brings up your options list on Twitch.

  1. From the drop-down menu that appears, select Friends.

The button to take a user to their friends list on Twitch.

  1. Mouseover the friend with which you'd like to chat and click on the Whisper button.

The button users utilize to chat with friends.

  1. A window similar to the one below should appear in the lower right-hand corner of your screen.

The window that appears when twitch users whisper one another.

How to remove a friend

  1. Navigate to the Twitch website.
  2. On the homepage, click the Log In button in the upper right-hand corner of the browser window.

The twitch bar with the Log In button highlighted in red.

  1. In the upper right-hand corner of the screen, click the down arrow next to your username.

The twitch arrow that brings up your options list on Twitch.

  1. From the drop-down menu that appears, select Friends.

The twitch friends link.

  1. Mouseover the friend that you'd like to remove, the mouseover the Friends button.

The twitch friends button

  1. After the Friends button changes to a red Unfriend button, click it.

The button to unfriend another user on Twitch.

How to appear on or offline to other Twitch users

  1. Navigate to the Twitch website.
  2. On the homepage, click the Log In button in the upper right-hand corner of the browser window.

The twitch bar with Log In highlighted.

  1. In the upper right-hand corner of the screen, click the down arrow next to your username.

The arrow that brings up your options list on Twitch.

  1. From the drop-down menu that appears, select Online or Invisible to toggle whether or not other users can see that you're logged into Twitch.

A menu that allows users to choose whether or not others can see they are online.