How to Set Up Notification Alerts for Your Twitch Live Stream

Key Takeaways:

  • Notification alerts help engage your Twitch audience by celebrating new followers, subscribers, donations, and other milestones.
  • Setting up alerts is straightforward using Twitch’s built-in Alert Box or third-party tools like StreamElements and Streamlabs.
  • Customize alerts with unique sounds, graphics, and animations to reflect your channel’s branding and personality.
  • Properly configure permissions and settings to ensure alerts work reliably during your live streams.
  • Test alerts thoroughly before going live to iron out any issues.

As a Twitch streamer, one of the keys to building an engaged community is acknowledging and celebrating your viewers’ support. Notification alerts are the perfect way to do this, allowing you to give shoutouts to new followers, subscribers, donors, and more during your live streams. In this guide, we’ll walk through how to set up notification alerts on Twitch, customize them to match your channel’s branding, and ensure they work reliably every time you go live.

Setting Up Twitch’s Built-in Alert Box

Twitch has made it incredibly easy to add notification alerts to your stream with their built-in Alert Box feature. Here’s how to get started:

  1. Log in to your Twitch account and navigate to the Creator Dashboard.
  2. In the left-hand menu, select “Alerts” under the “Creator Pipeline” section.
  3. Click the “Create Alert” button to set up your first alert type (e.g., new follower, subscription, etc.).
  4. Customize the alert’s appearance by choosing a theme, sound, and animation.
  5. Click “Save” to finalize your alert settings.

Repeat these steps for each type of alert you want to enable on your channel. Twitch’s Alert Box supports a wide range of events, including new followers, subscriptions, re-subscriptions, Bits, raids, and more.

Adding the Alert Box to Your Streaming Software

Once you’ve configured your alerts in the Twitch dashboard, you’ll need to add the Alert Box as a source in your streaming software (e.g., OBS Studio, Streamlabs OBS). Here’s how:

  1. In your streaming software, add a new “Browser Source” or “Web Source.”
  2. Copy the URL from the “Alert Box” section of your Twitch dashboard.
  3. Paste the URL into the “URL” field of your new Browser Source.
  4. Resize and position the Browser Source on your stream layout as desired.

That’s it! Your notification alerts should now appear on your live stream whenever the corresponding events occur.

Using Third-Party Alert Tools

While Twitch’s built-in Alert Box is a great starting point, many streamers prefer the added customization options and features offered by third-party alert tools like StreamElements and Streamlabs. These platforms allow you to create highly customized alert graphics, animations, and sounds, as well as integrate with additional services like text-to-speech and loyalty programs.

Setting up alerts with StreamElements or Streamlabs is similar to the process for Twitch’s Alert Box:

  1. Sign up for an account with the desired platform.
  2. Connect your Twitch account and any other relevant services (e.g., PayPal for donations).
  3. Design your alert graphics and animations using the platform’s editor.
  4. Configure alert settings, such as sounds, text-to-speech, and loyalty point rewards.
  5. Add the platform’s alert widget or browser source to your streaming software.

Both StreamElements and Streamlabs offer free and paid plan options, with the paid plans providing additional features and customization capabilities.

Customizing Your Notification Alerts

One of the key benefits of using notification alerts is the ability to customize them to match your channel’s branding and personality. Here are some tips for creating unique and engaging alerts:

Graphics and Animations: Design eye-catching graphics and animations that complement your stream’s overall aesthetic. Consider incorporating your channel’s logo, colors, and other branding elements.

Sounds: Choose sound effects or short audio clips that are attention-grabbing but not disruptive to your stream’s audio. You can also use text-to-speech to have the alert read out loud.

Alert Text: Craft personalized messages for each alert type, thanking viewers for their support and acknowledging their contributions.

Loyalty Rewards: Integrate loyalty or channel point rewards into your alerts, allowing viewers to redeem points for special alert effects or shoutouts.

Variations: Create multiple variations of each alert type to keep things fresh and prevent your alerts from becoming stale or repetitive.

Remember, the goal is to make your notification alerts feel like a natural and engaging part of your live stream experience.

Ensuring Reliable Alert Delivery

While setting up notification alerts is relatively straightforward, ensuring they work reliably during your live streams can sometimes be a challenge. Here are a few tips to help troubleshoot and prevent alert delivery issues:

  • Check Permissions: Ensure your streaming software and alert tools have the necessary permissions to access your Twitch account and receive alert notifications.
  • Adjust Settings: Tweak settings like “Smart Notifications” or “Notification Throttling” to prevent alerts from being suppressed or delayed.
  • Test Thoroughly: Before going live, send test alerts of each type to verify they’re displaying and functioning correctly.
  • Monitor Logs: Keep an eye on your streaming software’s logs or the alert tool’s logs for any error messages or clues about delivery issues.
  • Update Software: Ensure you’re running the latest versions of your streaming software and alert tools, as updates often include bug fixes and improvements.

With a bit of troubleshooting and fine-tuning, you can help ensure your notification alerts are delivered reliably and consistently during your Twitch live streams.


How do I set up alerts for Twitch on OBS Studio?

To set up alerts for Twitch on OBS Studio, you’ll need to add a “Browser Source” and paste the URL from your Twitch Alert Box or third-party alert tool (like StreamElements or Streamlabs). Then, resize and position the Browser Source on your stream layout as desired.

Can I use notification alerts on Twitch without a third-party tool?

Yes, Twitch has a built-in Alert Box feature that allows you to set up and customize notification alerts directly through your Twitch dashboard. While it has fewer customization options than third-party tools, it’s a great free solution for basic alerts.

How do I customize the sounds for my Twitch notification alerts?

With Twitch’s built-in Alert Box, you can choose from a selection of pre-made sounds or upload your own custom sound files. Third-party alert tools like StreamElements and Streamlabs also allow you to upload and use custom sound effects for your alerts.

Can I set up alerts for Twitch on my mobile device?

While you can view and manage your Twitch alerts from a mobile device, you’ll need to be streaming from a desktop or laptop computer to actually display the alerts on your live stream. Mobile streaming apps like Twitch’s don’t currently support adding custom alert overlays or widgets.

How can I prevent notification alert spam or abuse?

Most alert tools include settings to limit the frequency of alerts or require a minimum Bit donation to trigger certain alert types. You can also set up moderation tools to filter out inappropriate or abusive alert messages from being displayed on your stream.