Donations are important part of the streamer’s income. Let’s take a look at how to set up donations on Twitch by following these simple steps.
Step 1: Set Up Donation Panel
First thing you can do is create and customize the donation panel on your Twitch profile page. This helps your viewers to easily navigate to the donation page via the link.
Step 2: Use Third-Party Software to Set Up Donations
There are number of different tools you can use to set up donations on Twitch, including Streamlabs, StreamElements, and more. In this guide, I used Streamlabs, read about it below.
Step 3: Set Up Payment Option
As for the payment option to use for donations, most streamers use PayPal, so I explained how to set up PayPal on Twitch in this guide. You can also set up donations in cryptocurrency, which is also explained below.
Step 4: Attract the Audience to Donate
In order for people to donate to you, there must be some incentive. I listed some of the most common ways to attract viewers to donate on Twitch.
If you would like to get some extra money and accomplish your dreams as a streamer, it is the right time to set up a donation panel on Twitch.
Doing that should definitely help you to develop your channel and to maintain the right direction on your way to succeed and grow on this popular platform.
In this relatively simple guide, you will learn how to set up donations on Twitch without any problems.
Stay with us and let’s get into it.
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How to Set Up a Twitch Donation Panel?
In this part of the guide, we are going to teach you how to set up a Twitch donation button in several simple steps.
What you should do first is setting up a Twitch donation panel. It allows you to get donations from your loyal audience. This will help you to grow as a live streamer.
This panel can be easily arranged directly on your profile. If you just follow these several steps, you should be able to set up a Twitch donation panel without struggling.
This can easily be done from your Twitch channel. There you can set up donation panel, and customize it, simply by pressing the panel button.
After one fast click, a large box will pop out. In the box, you will see a cross sign. Make another click on it.
Then, you can choose between two options. You can choose to insert text panel, which is a first option, or to insert an image panel.
After these first short steps, think about next crucial things.
Choose the name and the right description for your Twitch panel. Make sure that both things represent your brand in the best way.
Just one more step is enough to finish setting up your donation settings and Twitch donate button. That last step is simply to select what options for payment you want to use. After that, you can start with your tips.
Now you know how to set up a donation button on Twitch.
Don’t forget to thank all the people who support you.
Third-Party Platforms to Set Up Twitch Donations
In the plethora of choices, some of the sites offer you stream alerts and payment services for donations without charging. Stream alerts are kinds of notifications that appear after donations, and you can see them right on your screen.
The best third-party platforms that are generally used for setting Twitch donations are Muxy, Stream Elements, StreamLabs, and Own3d Pro. These are the most used among streamers.
However, this guide will show you how to setup donations on Twitch by using StreamLabs. Other platforms have similar settings, so it would be useful to find out more about what those settings offer in StreamLabs.
How to Set Up Twitch Donations via StreamLabs?
Let’s see together what the best way is to set up Twitch donations using StreamLabs.
The first thing you have to do if you want to accept payments using SteamLabs is to connect your StreamLabs account to your PayPal account.
However, if you never used PayPal, and you don’t have an account already, then you will need a few minutes to create a new one.
The next step is to choose an option to log in to StreamLabs. Press the Twitch button, and continue with the process.
In the bottom left corner, you should be able to see the Settings Options section. Click on it and then select a payment option that suits you the most.
This choice allows you to link donations from your viewers to StreamLabs.
What you should do next is make a donation panel that will link directly to your Twitch channel.
On the top of the right corner, tap on your user icon.
When you click on it, choose the third option from the top, and that option is the Channel button.
And then go to “Edit panels”.
Once there, you simply need to add a photo or insert text you want.
It would be great to fill all the gaps you have. Think about your panel name and its description.
That’s how you can seem more confident to other streamers who like your work and who want to support you.
But, if you don’t have so much time to do that, you can only add an image to your donation panel.
When you finish with adding a picture on your panel, choose the option to donate that you can find in your Twitch bio panel.
The next step is adding your donation’s link that you can find on your StreamLabs page.
To find the link in question on StreamLabs, you will have to go to the StreamLabs dashboard.
In the searching field type Donations Settings. Once you manage to open it, copy the yellow bar above with the link.
Go few steps back, copy the link you need, and paste it in the respective field.
That is the final step you have to make. A few seconds later, you should be able to see a donation link that will be seen by your viewers whenever they visit your channel.
How to Set Up PayPal for Twitch?
The vast majority of popular streamers use the PayPal as their default payment option when it comes to getting a Twitch donation.
If you want to set up a PayPal payment option on Twitch for receiving tips, the best options are the Twitch bits or subscription option.
Follow the next steps to set them up.
If you decide to use a PayPal to set up your Twitch donation settings, it could save you quite a bit amount of time.
Setting Up Donations as a Twitch Partner
However, in case you decide to set up twitch donations through subscription, the first thing you have to do is to go to your Twitch channel.
Look for the option Achievements.
Below the section Build a Community, look for the option Path to Partner and click on it.
You can choose between the following benefits. Check them out and select the first monetization option.
This option allows you to donate monthly as a live streamer. Take a look at the picture of what you can offer and what you can get every month.
If you are wondering how to enable bits on Twitch, choose the second option, and proceed with your action. To learn more, look at the picture below.
The window with Bits currency forms will pop out immediately after selecting Bits monetization.
Select the option that is the most convenient for you and continue with the process.
To continue, you have to click on the button Get Bits.
This step will open a link to PayPal account.
That allows you to log in, and it will link your PayPal account immediately. It will also facilities a donation process for all your viewers who want to donate.
Confirm the last step and start using donations. Now you know how to enable donations on Twitch as a Twitch Partner, once you verified on Twitch.
How to Donate on Twitch with Cryptocurrency?
If you want to avoid scams and frauds on the internet or big platforms like Twitch, cryptocurrency is the best way for it. Let’s dive into how to donate on Twitch with cryptocurrency!
Cryptocurrency is briefly said digital money. You don’t receive real cash. All happen online.
You can buy it using our credit card, and an amount of this digital money stores in digital wallets. Money can be stored online on your computer or some other hardware.
To be able to use these types of donations, the first thing you have to do is to create your digital wallet.
The most popular wallets streamers use are Bitpay and Coinbase.
The second thing you have to do is to choose a donation currency.
The last step is to confirm all the previous steps. As soon as you finish these steps, copy the link to your donation panel and confirm the action.
External Twitch Donations Risks
Donation risks might appear when someone cancels a donation transaction a few days or weeks later. It happens rarely, but it still happens.
Before you start any type of transaction on Twitch, be aware of that as a streamer who uses donations, you have to pay all taxes and charges by the law.
The only problems you can have as a streamer are charges from different payment services that you have to pay if someone cancels a donation after a transaction.
To avoid similar situations, use some other alternatives to make donations like Bits or cryptocurrency donation options.
How to Get Donations on Twitch Using Other Methods?
There are a few actions you can take to get donations on Twitch, and they are completely free.
Those actions are upgrading your streaming qualities on your Twitch channel every day, and they get you more and more viewers who like to donate to you.
Here are some of them.
1. “Thank All My Viewers” List
That is the first thing on your must-do list as a streamer.
Make a list of your viewers and thank them all. Thank all the viewers who have donated to your channel, but also thank those who haven’t donated yet.
In that way, you appreciate any effort someone has made for helping you to accomplish your goal as a Twitch streamer.
Other viewers who haven’t donated yet may change their opinion and start donating to you.
It doesn’t cost you anything to be grateful, and it is such a nice gesture.
2. Giveaways Streaming
People who follow you will appreciate you more if you give them something as a reward for their efforts. Show that you are thankful by giving your followers some symbolic gifts.
If you are a gamer, you can give them a game character, a weapon, or some extra coins and lives.
Don’t be selfish and show that to the world.
3. Twitch Donors List on your Twitch Profile
That is also one of the best gests that you can make to thank your donators.
Create a list of your top donators and post it to your channel. You can make a list by categories that you find the most appropriate for you and your donators.
Name them by their names and surnames, and add their donation amount next to their names.
That is a good way to attire potential donators because people always like to compete, and what is more important, everyone likes to win, and everyone likes to feel special.
4. Progress Bar that Leads to a Goal
People always like to know how a streamer they follow spends their donations and what things that streamer will spend donations on.
If you spend that money on upgrading your work on a platform like Twitch, let people know more about it.
Make a progress bar on your Twitch channel, and show people what your final goal is.
For example, if you want to use donations for upgrading your game streaming, tell people more about how you will upgrade it.
Every Twitch streamer knows how difficult a streamer path can be, and each one of them is aware of how difficult is to make a progress among streamers on big platforms such as the Twitch platform.
Having other viewers’ support is a big deal, and it can influence a streamer’s goal.
Always remember who you are and what your goal is.
We hope that this guide on how to setup Twitch donations will help you to grow in this streaming world and that you will start making nice progress with it.