If you’re a new Twitch streamer, you might be looking to pop out your Twitch chat.
As a streamer, it can be difficult to look at chat while you’re streaming.
If you don’t have a secondary monitor, you may need to pop out your Twitch chat in order to look at it.
Otherwise, you have to use another method of looking at your Twitch chat such as using your mobile device.
However, using your mobile device to look at the chat is quite inconvenient as you have to look away from your monitor.
But what if there’s a way where you can open your Twitch chat in a separate window?
The best part is, you can move it anywhere on your screen like an actual window.
In this guide, you’ll learn how to pop out Twitch chat in 3 easy steps (so you can look at it while you’re streaming).
How to Pop Out Twitch Chat
To pop out Twitch chat, open Twitch chat, click on Settings, click on “Switch to Non-Mod Settings”, and select “Popout Chat”.
After you’ve selected “Popout Chat”, the Twitch chat will open in a separate window.
You’ll be able to move it around your screen like a window by clicking and dragging it.
Popping out the Twitch chat is useful if you want to see your chat without having to use a secondary monitor or a mobile device.
It’s a seamless way to look at your chat on your monitor while you’re streaming.
However, you cannot play a full-screen game while popping out your Twitch chat as it will not be overlaid with it.
Instead, popping out your Twitch chat is only useful if you’re not playing a full-screen game.
For example, you can pop out your chat if you’re just chatting.
Another drawback is that if you click away from the window, it will be automatically minimized.
So you might have to put your windows side-by-side if you want to prevent the Twitch chat from minimizing.
Here is how to pop out Twitch chat:
1. Open Twitch chat and click on Settings
Open Twitch > Stream chat > Settings.
To begin with, open Twitch on a desktop.
If you’re streaming, open your Twitch channel.
However, if you’re not streaming, you can open another streamer’s stream.
The pop out function works for other streamer’s steam as well as yours.
So if you want to pop out the chat for your stream or someone else’s, you’ll be able to do so.
Once you’ve opened up a channel, click on the “Chat” tab on the navigation bar under the channel’s profile picture.
After you’ve clicked on the “Chat” tab, the channel along with its chat will be opened.
You can see the steam chat on the right sidebar of your screen.
Navigate to the bottom of the stream tab and click on Settings (the gear icon under the chat field).
Congrats, you’ve successfully opened the Settings for Twitch chat.
Now, (if you’re trying to pop up the chat for your own stream) you need to switch to Non-Mod settings in the next step.
2. Click on “Switch to Non-Mod Settings”
Mod Settings > Switch to Non-Mod Settings.
Note: Skip this step if you’re trying to pop out the chat on another streamer’s stream.
After you’ve clicked on the Settings, the settings menu will be opened.
If you’re streaming, an additional menu will be opened after you clicked on Settings.
However, if you clicked on Settings on another streamer’s stream, the chat settings will be opened instead.
So if you’re trying to pop out the Twitch chat on another streamer’s stream, you can skip this step entirely.
However, if you’re trying to pop out the chat for your own Twitch stream, read on.
After clicking Settings on your own stream, the mod settings will open.
On the mod settings, there are a lot of settings that you can change—your preferences, channel modes, and tasks.
However, you don’t need to meddle with any of these settings.
At the bottom of the menu, there’ll be an option that says, “Switch to Non-Mod settings”.
Click on the option to switch to Non-Mod settings where you can pop out the chat.
You’ve successfully switched to Non-Mod settings.
The final step is to click on the option to pop out the Twitch chat on a separate window.
3. Select “Popout Chat”
Non-Mod Settings > My Preferences > Popout Chat.
After you clicked on “Switch to Non-Mod Settings”, the Non-Mod settings menu will be opened.
On the Non-Mod settings menu, there are a couple of settings that you can change—your identity, and your preferences.
Under “My Preferences”, you’ll see an option that says, “Popout Chat”, which is the last option of the section.
Click on “Popout chat” to pop out the Twitch chat.
After you clicked on “Popout chat”, the Twitch chat will be opened in a separate window.
You can move the window like a normal window by clicking and dragging it.
If you’re streaming, you can drag the window to the side so that you can look at it directly on your screen.
However, you cannot click away from the window.
If you click away from the Twitch chat window, it will be automatically minimized.
Hence, if you want to prevent the window from minimizing, you can place your windows side-by-side.
This will prevent the Twitch chat window from minimizing when you’re clicking away from it.
Congrats, you’ve successfully popped out the Twitch chat in a separate window!
Now, you can look at your Twitch chat without having to use a secondary monitor or on your mobile device.
How do I get rid of the chat while watching Twitch?
Here’s how to get rid of the chat while you’re watching Twitch:
- Open a Twitch stream.
- Click on “Theatre mode” (alt + t).
- Click on the “Collapse” button next to the stream chat.
After you clicked on the “Collapse” button, the Twitch chat will be closed.
The “Collapse” button will also be changed to the “Expand” button.
Click on the “Expand” button to open the Twitch chat again.
Reading your Twitch chat while you’re streaming is essential if you want to increase your stream’s engagement.
If you have a microphone, responding to your viewer’s chat shows that you care about them.
If your viewers are chatting and you don’t respond to them, they might think that you’re rude and leave.
Secondly, responding to your Twitch chat also incentivize your viewers to chat on your stream.
Lastly, it will increase your viewer retention.
If you respond to someone while they’re asking a question on your Stream, or just saying hello, they are more likely to give you a follow and come back to your stream.
At the end of the day, if no one is chatting on your stream chat, your stream is either dead or filled with lurkers.