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How to Stop Hosting on Twitch [& Auto-Hosting Explained]

Written by, Dimitar F

Updated April, 17, 2022

Millions of people worldwide love streaming on Twitch. It’s a great way to connect with your friends, share your gameplay, and even make some money. But it may come a time when you want to stop. Whatever the reason, this guide will tell you everything you need to know about how to stop hosting on Twitch.

What Is Auto-Hosting on Twitch?

Auto-hosting is a Twitch feature that allows streamers to host other live channels when they’re offline automatically. That can be useful for promoting the content you enjoy or think your viewers will like. But it can also be problematic, so I’ll discuss stopping auto-hosting and hosting on PCs and mobile devices.

How Does Auto-Host Work on Twitch?

For Twitch Partners, the auto-hosting feature is set by default, while other streamers can turn it on. Three minutes after you go offline, the auto-hosting system will pick a channel to host, so it’s wise to select a streamer for that before going offline.

You should also know that the system won’t interrupt your live channel. When you go online, the auto-hosting feature will be disabled. But if you want to know how to remove auto host on Twitch, read the section below.

How to Stop Auto-Hosting on Twitch?

Stopping the auto-hosting is a piece of cake. Here are the steps:

  • Go to Twitch.tv and log in with your account.
  • Click on the profile icon and press Account Settings from the dropdown menu.
  • Choose the Channel and Videos tab.
screenshot of twitch account settings
  • Next, click on Featured Content and disable the auto-hosting feature.
screenshot of twitch account settings 2

How to Stop Hosting on Twitch (PC and Mobile)

In this section, I’ll provide step-by-step instructions to stop hosting on PCs and mobile devices.

Instructions for PC Users

The process is easy as it gets. 

  • Go to Twitch.tv and log into your account.
  • Click on the profile picture (yellow icon in the picture) and then hit theChannel tab.
screenshot of Twitch PC - account settings
  • When you open Channel, click on the Chat tab.
screenshot of twitch channel section
  • Now, all you need to do is enter the /unhost command into the chatbox, and you will stop hosting a channel.
screenshot of twitch unhost command on PC

Instructions for Twitch Mobile Users

The process for mobile is as simple as it is for desktop. Here are the instructions on how to turn off hosting on Twitch for iPhone and Android devices:

  • Go to the Twitch app on your phone and log in with your user name and password.
  • Click on your profile to open the settings and go to My Channel.
screenshot of twitch mobile settings
  • You might need to scroll through the tabs to see the Chat tab.
screenshot of twitch mobile settings 2
  • In the chatbox, type /unhost, and at the bottom of the screen you’ll see the notice “Exited host mode.”

Why Should You Stop Hosting a Streamer on Twitch

Here are the possible reasons you might want to stop hosting someone:

Inappropriate Content

Some streamers may create unsuitable content for your audience, which can reflect poorly on you. It can lead to people unsubscribing from your channel, and the streamer in question getting banned from Twitch. So, be more careful about who you’re hosting.

Content Against Policy

If the Twitch channel you’re hosting shows content against Twitch’s Terms of Service or Community Guidelines, that might reflect poorly on you, but it shouldn’t.

All in all, if you’re only hosting a streamer with that kind of content, Twitch won’t take action against you. But Twitch will probably suspend or even ban the streamer who’s breaking the rules.

Streaming Schedules

It’s not good if you and the streamer you’re hosting go live at the same time. It’s best to find select someone who usually streams when you’re offline.

Content Variations

If the channel you’re hosting doesn’t provide engaging content, you might reconsider what’s best for your community. If your followers don’t like the other content, some will unsubscribe from your channel. Also, if the streamer’s content doesn’t correlate with your value after a period, you might want to remove them from your list.

If you have friends who do what you do, it can be a good idea to get a website. With Enjin, you can create a website for your clan or a forum for your viewers.

Conclusion

Now that you know how auto-hosting works and how to stop hosting, you should focus on finding new streamers you like. Perhaps they’ll return the favour and host you, too. Think about the type of content your community will appreciate. The next thing you could do is look into new methods to get more viewers.

FAQ

Who is auto hosting me on Twitch?

You can see who is auto-hosting you on Twitch by going to your Channel Settings, under the Auto-Host section. Here, you’ll see a list of all channels that are currently set to auto-host yours.

How do you stop hosting on Twitch Mobile?

You need to open the Settings menu and go to the Auto-Host section. Here, you can turn off the Auto-Host feature or remove specific channels that are auto-hosting yours. Alternatively, you can do this by going to a channel’s page and tapping the “Remove Host” button.

Did Twitch get rid of auto hosting?

No, Twitch didn’t get rid of the auto-host feature. You can disable it in your Channel Settings or remove specific channels that are auto-hosting you. But Twitch may make changes to this in the future, so check back for updates.

How do you host offline on Twitch?

To host offline on Twitch, you need to turn on the Auto-Host feature from Channel Settings. Then, you can add any channels to host when you’re offline automatically. Remember that these channels won’t be hosted when you’re streaming live.

How long does a host last on Twitch?

A host will last until the other channel goes offline or you manually remove them from your Auto-Host list. If the other channel goes back online, they’ll be re-hosted automatically.

How do you stop hosting on Twitch?

If you’re searching for instructions on how to stop hosting on Twitch, you just need to go to Channel Settings and turn off the Auto-Host feature. You can also remove specific channels you’re hosting by going to their channel page and clicking the Remove Host button.