Twitch provides access to different ways of delivering content, from gameplay to chat sessions. But if several of your favorite streamers are broadcasting at the same time, it will be difficult to decide which one to give up. You also cannot watch these streams later unless the streamer has manually enabled it in settings. Plus, Twitch streamers often pair up and broadcast together, so watching the stream from both sides is an even better experience. So here are all the ways you watch multiple Twitch streams across the web, Android, and iOS.
How to watch multiple Twitch streams on the web, Android, and iOS
Twitch itself provides you with a native option that works on all platforms called Squad Stream.
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Squad Stream (works on web and mobile apps)
Often, steamboats team up and broadcast together at the same time. In this case, they can enable the Squad Stream option which will allow viewers to watch the streamers together in a split window configuration. This option is available on all platforms. When watching a stream that supports it, just click the Squad Stream button below the streaming video to start watching in Squad Stream.
There are, however, several drawbacks to this method. This feature must be enabled by the streamer. Otherwise, viewers cannot watch it in Squad Stream mode. Also, you can’t just select the channels but instead the streamer will activate the feature and provide channels so you can stream them together. Besides, it only supports up to 4 streams to watch together.
TwitchTheater.TV (works on the web)
If the native option is not available, your best bet is TwitchTheatre.TV. Out of all the third-party multi Twitch streaming services, it comes out on top for modern, ad-free user interface, support for personalization, and the ability to watch over 8 streams together. The process is straightforward.
Copy the link of the feed you want to watch and paste it into the Feeds & Videos option in the right sidebar and click the + icon next to it. It will start to preview the feed. Continue the process for the other feeds you want to watch together.
The service offers various options like mute, hide, full screen, pause, pin specific streams, etc. Additionally, you will get native Twitch player options here, ranging from changing the quality of the stream to using keyboard shortcuts. The options go even further as you can add the feed without the chat or just add the chat if you need to.
However, this app can only show you one chat box at a time. So if you use the chat option more often, Twitch Theater can be quite frustrating to use as you have to edit the chat over and over again.
Multistre.am (Works on the web)
While everything works great on TwitchTheater.TV, when it comes to chatting, you can only access one chat at a time. To use another stream’s chat, you need to click on the streamer’s name above the chat box and select another stream to open that stream’s chat. It not only takes time, but there is also no way to check multiple threads at the same time.
Here is Multistre.am which supports up to 8 streams and allows you to view 8 discussions at the same time. You can also customize the layout if you want. Pin the cat you interact with the most. As iOS doesn’t have a specific app to watch multiple streams at once, you can open it in the browser as it is also optimized for phone view and automatically adjusts the layout.
Split feed (works on the web)
Split Stream allows up to 8 streams to be watched, which is a great option for phones. All you have to do is open the Twitch stream, click on the Share button which brings up an option to copy the link to the stream. Now open the Split Stream app and paste the link. Once you’ve added all the streamers you want to watch, click the Watch Stream button to start streaming. The app has settings to change the volume of each stream, hide streams, etc. which improves the experience.
The app does not show you any chats due to the small screen of the phone. But you can open any stream on the Twitch app, so you can switch to any stream and chat if you need to.
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Conclusion – Watch multiple Twitch streams at once
While the native Squad stream feature is great, it has some drawbacks as it must be enabled by the streamer. But with third-party apps like Twitch Theater, you can add any stream or chat. If you are more into chats then you may prefer Multistre.am. For Android, the Split stream will do wonders for up to 8 streams at a time if you need it.