How To Manage Roles And Remove Mods In Twitch

Have a mod and want to remove them? Think a Twitch mod is doing more harm than good to your channel? Want to reduce the number of moderators while growing your audience? This tutorial is going to show you how to manage roles and remove mods in Twitch while still keeping control.


Twitch is an awesome platform for streaming and for watching streams. It can become like work if you’re trying to grow an audience and make a living from streaming. Making a living from streaming is a delicate balance between delivering interesting streams and managing your audience. If you can balance the needs of the stream with the needs of the audience you stand a good chance of making on the platform.

It isn’t easy but nothing worthwhile ever is!

Manage roles in Twitch

Twitch has three roles you can give people on your channel, Editor, Moderator and VIP.

An Editor role is like an editor in real life. They can manage streams, add commercials, edit the stream information, upload your videos, publish on Twitch, schedule events, download previous streams and a bunch of other tasks.

A Moderator is the same as anywhere else. They can give bans or timeouts to users and control chat modes while you’re streaming. Their permissions are minimal and are oriented towards audience management than channel management.

The VIP is an audience member who has subbed or otherwise proven themselves useful. They get a VIP badge and are set outside chat limitations set by moderators. They can still be banned or given timeouts but aren’t affected by slow chat or follower-only chat restrictions.

Managing roles

You can manage roles on a channel you run from the Settings menu on your channel dashboard. Select Roles from the left menu and you will see all users with roles you have set and what those roles are.

  • Select Add New to add a new tole to a new user.
  • Select the ‘+’ icon next to the user’s name to add a role to an existing user.
  • Select the ‘x’ next to a role to remove that role from a user.

You can also use shortcodes to achieve the same goals if you prefer. For example, ‘/mod USERNAME’ to make a particular user a moderator or ‘/VIP USERNAME’ to make a user into a VIP.

How to remove mods in Twitch

If you’re having a tidy up or have more moderators than you need, you can remove the roles from them. You can use the selection method from your stream dashboard if you use it or use a shortcode to do it. You can use ‘/unmod USERNAME’ to remove mods and the role will be immediately removed.

I would suggest discussing it with the person in question first though. A moderator role can be viewed as important and have real value to those within the role. They are like friends and staff in one and removing the role from someone without discussing it first can have a negative impact on that person. For one, you don’t want to hurt their feelings if you can help it. Two, they may then turn around and make trouble in your channel as revenge.

Managing an audience in Twitch

Not every channel needs moderation. Some more capable streamers can generate a positive audience with no effort at all, or have the capacity to play, stream and moderate themselves. Fostering that positive audience is the holy grail of streaming but will take practice.

Some ways to build positivity in your audience includes:

Using names. Referring to your audience by name, either with a greeting or mentioning their name in comments or questions can go a long way to building a community.

Asking questions. While watching a stream can be a passive activity, it doesn’t have to be. You can ask questions of your audience to increase engagement and generate goodwill.

Shout outs and DMs. If you can multitask, interacting with your audience with shout outs, DMs to answer questions or queries and generally being receptive to input is another way to generate a community but also positivity.

Don‘t over-moderate. Keep moderation as light touch as possible as people generally don’t like being told what to do. Use your powers sparingly and only when necessary and you will soon be viewed as firm but fair. You cannot ask more than that from a streamer!

Be yourself. We have all seen those people who try to hard when streaming and it never ends well. We naturally appreciate authentic people as they are more relaxed and the stream is more relaxed as a result. A relaxed stream will have a lot less toxicity as a result!