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How to save your Twitch streams so viewers can watch them later

To save Twitch streams, you’ll need to enable your VOD settings.

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  • You can save Twitch streams that you’ve done by turning them into VODs or Highlights.
  • Both VODs (videos on demand) and Highlights are recordings of your past Twitch streams with chat included.
  • Once the VOD processes, you can save the Twitch stream to your computer too.

If you’ve just finished a great Twitch stream, you shouldn’t just let it disappear into the void. Twitch offers a few different ways for creators to save their streams, and even let viewers watch them long after they’ve ended.

How to save streams on Twitch using VODs and Highlights

There are a couple of ways to save Twitch streams once they’ve ended, but you’ve got to enable them before the stream starts.

VODs (videos on demand) are simply recordings of the stream, with all the chat messages included too. If you’re a Twitch Partner, Amazon Prime member, or Twitch Turbo subscriber, you can keep VODs up on your channel for 60 days — everyone else can keep them up for 14 days. Once the time limit is up, Twitch deletes the VODs.

If you have streams that you want to keep on your channel permanently, turn them into Highlights. These are the same as VODs, but never expire.

And if you’d prefer to keep your past broadcasts saved somewhere other than your public Twitch channel, you can download any of your VODs or Highlights onto your computer. This is great if you want to post your streams on YouTube, for example.

Here’s how to enable VODs, turn any VOD into a Highlight, and then save streams onto your computer.

Important: This guide is for saving Twitch streams that you broadcasted. There’s no official way to save someone else’s Twitch streams, but you can try recording your screen or using a third-party app like Twitch Leecher.

How to enable Twitch VODs

You’ll need to enable this before you start broadcasting any stream you want to save.

1. Head to the Twitch website and log into your streaming account, if you haven’t already.

2. Click your profile icon in the top-right corner, then click Creator Dashboard from the drop-down menu.

3. In the left sidebar, click Settings and then Stream.

4. Scroll down to VOD Settings and toggle on Store past broadcasts. You can also toggle on Always Publish VODs if you want your VODs to go public as soon as your stream ends — otherwise you’ll need to publish them manually.

The VOD Settings options in the Twitch Creator Dashboard.You can also exclude certain games or categories from having VODs saved.

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Now once a stream ends, you’ll find a recording of it in the Content section of your Creator Dashboard. Just click Content in the sidebar, and then Video Producer. You can unpublish and delete them from this page too.

How to turn Twitch VODs into permanent Highlights

Once you have a VOD saved, it’ll stay saved on your channel for 60 days (Partners, Prime, and Turbo users) or 14 days (everyone else). But you can keep it saved forever by turning it into a Highlight.

1. Head to your Creator Dashboard and click Content in the left sidebar, and then Video Producer.

2. Find the stream you want to save and then click Highlight on the right side.

The Video Producer menu in the Twitch Creator Dashboard.Click the “Highlight” option.

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3. This will open an editing menu where you can pick exactly which part of the VOD you want to save. To save the entire VOD as a Highlight, stretch the yellow bar at the bottom to cover the entire timeline. You can also use the Start and End options to pick the Highlight’s boundaries more precisely.

4. Once it’s ready, click Publish Highlights near the middle of the page.

The Twitch Highlight editor, with the “Publish Highlights” option selected.Use the timeline at the bottom to choose which part of the video to turn into a Highlight.

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How to save Twitch streams to your computer

Most streaming studio programs, like Twitch Studio or OBS, let you save a stream to your computer as soon as it ends. This lets you post the stream somewhere else, like on YouTube or Reddit.

But if you didn’t use that feature, you can download your VODs and Highlights from the Creator Dashboard, too.

1. Head to your Creator Dashboard and click Content in the left sidebar, and then Video Producer.

2. Find the VOD or Highlight that you want to download and click the three stacked dots on its right side.

3. Click Download in the drop-down menu. Twitch will take a moment to prepare the clip — if it’s very long, this could take a while — and then you’ll get to save the video as an .MP4 file.

The Video Producer menu in the Twitch Creator Dashboard, with a “Download” option selected.You can download any saved VOD or Highlight.

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