How to Set Up a Stream Delay on Twitch

How to Set Up a Stream Delay on Twitch

If you're streaming on Twitch, usually having a real-time experience is ideal so you can interact with your chat.

However, sometimes you might want to purposely set up a bit of a delay if you're playing a competitive game, or, want to avoid stream snipers finding out your position in game.

In this post, we'll take a look at how to set up a stream delay on Twitch.

Depending on where you are in the world, there is generally a 5-30 second delay already baked into your stream due to real world latency. To increase that delay on Twitch, you must have a Partnership status to set it up in your Creator Dashboard.

If you aren’t a partner, you can also set it up through your broadcasting software.

To create a delay in OBS, follow these steps:

  1. From the File menu, select "Settings"
  2. Click on "Advanced" on the left side
  3. Locate the “Stream Delay” section of the screen, click the enable button, and adjust to delay time
  4. Click the “Apply” button at the bottom of the page

And that's about it! When you go live on Twitch with OBS, you'll have a stream delay.

We do recommend creating a stream overlay, or, including the fact that you have a delay enabled in your stream title. Because that way your viewers know that you won't be reading chat in the same way they see it.

And, well, let our old friend xQc explain how that might feel...