How To Change The Delay On Twitch

Streaming is a great way to show off your gaming skills, and if you are good enough, to make some real money doing what you love the most. However, being a streamer is not as easy as it seems. The money you earn depends on the number of people that subscribe to your channel. Naturally, the more viewers your channel has, the more money you will earn.


But having a large audience means to be constantly creating and uploading content. However, this is not enough; you have to talk with them and make them feel that you read their comments. This is the only way to keep your viewers engaged and your channel populated with hundreds of subscribers. 

However, it is quite difficult to stream, and at the same time keep a constant exchange of words with your audience. Not just because you are busy playing the game, or explaining something. But because there will be always a delay in the stream. Therefore, the messages that your viewers send could take up to 10 seconds to appear on your screen. This depends on your internet connection and gear performance. Besides, all streaming software adds some degree of delay to your stream. 

It is obvious that delays tempers with user experience. But since it is impossible to fully prevent them, you have to find a way to at least minimize them. So, let’s see how you can decrease delay times on your Twitch account.

Step 1

Log in to your Twitch account, and click on your profile picture; it is on the top right corner of the screen.

Step 2

After clicking, a new menu will unfold before you. Click on the Settings option, which is the fourth option from the top down.

Step 3

Click on the channels and videos option once you are inside the settings section. It is the third option form left to right. 

Step 4

You can see all your channel’s settings from this section. But the one that we are interested in is the latency settings. It is the last option from the stream key and preferences section. 

As you can see, there are two options; low latency and normal latency. Like you want to reduce the time it takes for your two to see your audience messages, you must choose the low latency option. However, your gear needs to be good to withstand the strain of streaming and real-time interactions. Therefore, if you don’t possess a good PC with a great internet connection, don’t even think about it. 

Additionally, depending on the streaming software that you use, you can enable some settings to reduce delays in your streams. Of course, the process is different depending on the software you use. Some of them will ask you to pay a subscription before enabling this feature. 

The only thing that stays the same is the Twitch latency configuration since it does not depend on the streaming software that you are using.