New: Turn on Browser Notifications (and you’ll never miss a beat)

*infomercial voice* How many times has THIS happened to you? You’re at your computer. You’re on Twitch, but it’s in the background. When your favorite streamer goes live, you miss the notification. The world implodes.

Here at Twitch, we’ve got a solution. Starting now, if you have Chrome or Firefox, you’ll be able to turn on browser notifications, so even if Twitch is not in the foreground browser tab — or not opened at all — you’ll still be able to know when your favorite streamers are live, what interesting videos have been uploaded, what Clips are trending, and more!

How to enable browser notifications?

Glad you asked. There are two ways.

Way #1: Through the Settings Page

  1. Open Chrome or Firefox on your desktop.
  2. Go to Twitch.tv and log into your Twitch account.
  3. Go to your username, click the drop down button (top right corner) and go to Settings.
  4. Within the Settings page, navigate to the Notifications tab.
  5. Click on the checkbox to enable browser notifications.
  6. Click “Save.”
  7. You’ll see a browser pop up asking you to enable browser notifications. Click “yes.”
  8. Once your browser notification is enabled, you will start getting notifications even if Twitch isn’t opened on the browser. (Remember: this only works for Chrome & Firefox currently.)

Way #2: Through the Notification Center

  1. Open Chrome or Firefox on your desktop.
  2. Go to Twitch.tv and log into your Twitch account.
  3. Click into the Notification Center (on the top right) to find the notification asking you to turn on browser notifications.
  4. Click on the notification.
  5. You’ll see a browser pop up asking you to enable browser notifications. Click “yes.”
  6. Once your browser notification is enabled, you will start getting notifications even if Twitch isn’t opened on the browser. (Remember: this only works for Chrome & Firefox currently.)

Burning questions:

Q. What happens if you have the Twitch Desktop App open?

If your Twitch Desktop App is opened, then browser notifications telling you the Streamer is live will be suppressed, so you won’t get duplicates.

Q. Will this feature be rolled out in other browsers outside of Chrome & Firefox?

Yes, eventually. Stay tuned!

Q. Is this feature enabled globally?
Yes. No matter where you are located, for Chrome and Firefox browsers, you can turn on browser notifications for Twitch.

Happy viewing!


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