How to manage your friends on Twitch

Updated: 09/03/2019 by Computer Hope
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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 corner of the browser window.

Log In button on Twitch.

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

Twitch 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.

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 corner of the browser window.

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 corner of the browser window.

Twitch bar with the Log In button highlighted.

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

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

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

Twitch friends option.

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

Twitch Whisper button.

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

Twitch whisper between users.

How to remove a friend

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

Twitch Log In button highlighted in red.

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

Twitch arrow that brings up your options list on Twitch.

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

Twitch friends link.

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

Twitch friends button

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

Twitch 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 corner of the browser window.

Twitch bar with Log In highlighted.

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

Twitch 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.

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