How To Record Twitch Streams On The Xbox One

Twitch is for all gamers, not just PC gamers. You can watch Twitch on Xbox One and PS4 and broadcast games on both too. It’s as straightforward to set up as it is on PC and does an equally good job of broadcasting your gaming to the world. This tutorial will show you how to record Twitch streams on the Xbox One.


Let’s set the scene. You’re an Xbox One gamer who streams to Twitch. Rather than just broadcasting live, you also want to record those videos for later as VODs. Twitch is way ahead of you and has a simple one-click setting that archives your streams as VODs so you can watch whenever you like.

There is nothing to set on your Xbox, no extra apps you need to do or any configuration changes you need to make. It’s all done within Twitch. If you don’t have the Twitch app, you will need that. Otherwise you’re good to go.

There are limitations though. VODs are only stored for between 14 and 60 days before being deleted. If you want to keep them forever, you will need to download them before they expire.

Recording Twitch streams on the Xbox One

So you have the most complete picture possible, I’ll walk you through the entire process from end to end. From setting up to stream to Twitch to enabling VODs. That way you have all the information you need to hand or can skip to the part you need to know.

Xbox users have a real advantage when it comes to streaming as there is a feature built into the OS. All you need to do is enable it on the box and create a Twitch account to be able to stream live. You will need to download the Twitch app from the Microsoft Store but the rest is easy.

You will need to be logged in as an adult user on your Xbox for all this to work. As you have to modify some privacy settings to enable broadcast, any Microsoft account registered to a minor or subject to parental control will not be able to make those changes.

  1. Locate Twitch in the Microsoft Store on your Xbox.
  2. Select Get and download it to your console.
  3. Log into Twitch using your account or set up a new account.
  4. Open the Twitch activation pageon another device and log in. Add the 6 digit code displayed on your Xbox app.
  5. Navigate to Settings on your Xbox.
  6. Select Account, Privacy and Online Safety, Xbox Live Privacy, View Details and Customize, Online status & history, Others can see if you’re online and select Everybody. This enables others to see your stream.
  7. Navigate back to View Details and Customize.
  8. Select Game Content and You can broadcast gameplay. Select Allow.
  9. Navigate back to View Details and Customize.
  10. Select Allow in Game Content, You can share content made using Kinect or another camera.
  11. Enable your headset and webcam as needed.
  12. Select Start Broadcast when you’re ready.

When you first select Broadcast, you will be asked if you want to use Kinect if you have it or use a microphone. Select your mic and you’re good to go.

That takes care of the broadcast part but not the saving streams as VODs part. That is a setting you need to enable within Twitch.

  1. Log into Twitch and select the Dashboard.
  2. Select Settings on the left menu.
  3. Enable Save Past Broadcasts partway down the page.

This setting will record and retain your live streams as VODs. If you’re a free Twitch user, VODs will be kept for 14 days before being deleted. If you’re a Twitch Prime or Turbo subscriber, they are kept for 60 days before being deleted. Remember to download the videos if you want to keep them before they expire.

Troubleshooting Twitch streams on the Xbox One

The streaming process is very straightforward and there is very little to go wrong. That said, there is always something that will get in the way at one point or another. Here are some basic checks you can make to ensure everything is in place to stream.

Check your WiFi connection

Twitch depends on WiFi as much as Xbox Live does so the first check to make is to ensure you have a decent connection.

Check the Twitch connection

One of the steps above was to link your Xbox with Twitch using a 6 digit code. Check the two are connected by visiting the Twitch connections page. If your Xbox is there, you’re good. If it isn’t, navigate to Settings and Connections on your Xbox to see if Twitch is there. If not, you’re going to have to reinstall the Twitch app and do it over.

That’s all there is to it if you want to record Twitch streams on the Xbox One. Got any tips for new streamers? Share your experience below!