You have to be able to see twitch chat while streaming. There is no other way around it. Engaging and communicating with your twitch viewers is essential to growing your stream. Even if you have a single monitor you can still see twitch chat. We included this in our list of things you need to know to get more viewers on Twitch.
Below I list a bunch of way that you can see your chat that anybody can do. This is simple information teaching you how to see chat while streaming. If you have any difficulty setting up streamlabs with OBS for twitch we wrote an awesome article to help.
Twitch Chat with a Single Monitor on PC
This will take a couple minutes to set up to see chat, but well worth it. You’ll have to setup your streaming software (most people use OBS) to capture only part of your screen, but not your whole monitor. So you can put chat above, below, or on the side of your windowed game.
Here is a video that explains it very well if you only have a one monitor. Having a one monitor setup is difficult but it can be done.
This video will show you exactly how to show your twitch chat on an one monitor setup.
Keep in mind that you can look at Facebook marketplace in your local area to find a second monitor for very cheap. It does not have to be great to view twitch chat window. I’ve seen them as low as $20. Take back those bottles and interact with your chat while playing games. Having that will help boost your channel by engaging with your audience more.
You have more options to see chat while streaming
If you don’t like these options you can always pull out an old phone or tablet to bring up your twitch chat while streaming on your gaming PC. This is another easy way to view twitch chat.
Dual Monitor on PC to view Twitch Chat
Using twitch chat with a dual monitor setup is much easier. Simple open your twitch settings from the cog wheel in the bottom right, then select Popout Chat. This will make your twitch chat into a new window. This makes streaming a lot easier to keep your game on your main monitor and your twitch chat on your second monitor with anything else you’ll want open.
I guarantee all successful stream channels on all platforms have at least two screens.