Wondering how to whisper on Twitch? You’re not alone. The feature was released back in 2015, but plenty of people still have questions about how it works and when it should be used.
Different instructions apply if you’re tapping out a Twitch whisper on a desktop or mobile device, and you’ll use a slightly different path if you’re speaking to a channel operator or tagging someone else altogether.
We’ll go through all of those instructions step by step here, and we’ll outline when using a Twitch whisper is a smart idea. We’ll also help you opt out of Twitch whispers, either temporarily or for good.
How to Whisper on Twitch (Desktop Version)
Your computer is up, running, and pointed at the Twitch website. You’ll follow a few steps to use the Twitch whisper command, and they will vary depending on whether you’re watching someone you want to whisper to or whether you want to talk to someone new.
If you’re watching a stream, and you want to talk to the stream owner:
- Click on the player’s name.
- Click on the “Whisper” button.
- Start typing your message.
Wondering how to whisper in Twitch to another viewer or friend? Here’s how:
- Open chat.
- Type in “/w.”
- Hit the spacebar.
- Start typing a name.
- Click the right name when you find it.
- Hit the spacebar.
- Start typing your message.
How to Whisper on Twitch (Mobile Version)
If you have the Twitch mobile app on your phone, you can also send a whisper along to a friend.
Follow the second set of instructions above to get started. Or, if you’re watching a channel and want to talk to the creator or someone already active within that channel’s chat:
- Tap on the name of the person you want to whisper to.
- A dialogue box will open up. Tap the “Whisper” button.
- Start typing.
This interface is only available on the Twitch app, and it’s very slick and clever. If you haven’t downloaded the app yet, this could be the prompt you need to get started.
How to Stop Twitch Whispers
You might be a whisper lover, and if so, it could be your preferred way to talk with everyone you know about the work you’re doing. But there may be times when you want all those whispers to stop so you can focus on your gaming.
Here’s how to silence the Twitch whisper command if:
- You don’t want any from people you don’t know. Hit the gear symbol in your Twitch message box. Tick the box marked “Block Whispers from Strangers.”
- You don’t want any more spam from one person. The first time you get a whisper from someone you don’t know, it will be flagged with a handy “Spam” button. Tick that, and the person will never be able to whisper to you again.
- You don’t want any from anyone. Hit the gear symbol in your Twitch message box. Check the box under “Whisper Settings” called “Enable Do Not Disturb.”
You can change your settings as often as you like. If you’re feeling shy one day, turn them all off for a pure experience. Turn them all back on the next day, when you’re chatty. There’s no limit to how much you can customize.
When Should You Use the Twitch Whisper Command?
Twitch is a collaborative place, and often, gamers are encouraged to talk out in the open with one another. That’s a smart idea, especially if you’re trying to grow your Twitch channel. The more often you’re seen as an expert or an interesting person, the more likely it is that people will follow you.
But whispers can be really useful in some situations. You could use the whisper to:
- Point out an embarrassing mistake. Let’s say a gamer you’re watching left a wallet out in the open, and their driver’s license number is clearly visible. That could turn into an identity theft opportunity, and calling it out publicly could make the issue worse. A whisper lets you alert your gamer friend, without getting the bad guys in on the action.
- Discuss something sensitive. You’re a human being, and so are the other Twitch players. You might fall in love, get in fights, or otherwise have human moments that have nothing to do with gaming. It’s best to keep those messages private with whispers.
- Highlight something important. Comments move a mile a minute, and it’s hard for popular gamers to keep up with all that information. Whispers are saved in their own section, and they’re easier to manage. If you want to ensure that someone reads your note, a whisper can be a smart tactic to use.
- Share an inside joke. You and your gamer friends can share a common language. But to outsiders, your words can seem strange or even a little offensive. If you used your code language in public, it could get misunderstood. A whisper keeps things private.
- Develop a deeper connection. You’ve traded comments repeatedly with someone in the comments section. It might be time to start a more intimate discussion with a whisper. The stronger connections you have in the gaming community, the more likely it is that people will help to spread the word about your channel and your work.
Whispers aren’t right for all Twitch feedback. If you’re sending a big donation, celebrating a huge win, or otherwise cheering someone on, it’s best to do that out in the open. Let everyone else celebrate with you, and that could turn into better donations for the gamer you support.
But when you’re not sure if what you’re about to say is right for everyone to read, stick with the whisper. You’ll keep your conversation protected, and that could mean protecting your reputation too.
Whispers FAQ. Twitch.
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