Disabling your Twitch account is an option worth considering
What to Know
- Log in to your Twitch account and select Settings from the menu in the upper-right corner of the screen.
- Select Disable Account, enter your password, and then click Disable Account.
This article explains how to disable your Twitch account. It includes information on why you should or shouldn’t disable your account, as well as the steps to take before you disable the account.
How to Completely Disable Your Twitch Account
Twitch doesn’t provide users with an option to completely delete their data, but it does allow for the disabling of accounts, which is the next best thing.
Log in to your Twitch account on the main Twitch website.
Click on the menu icon in the top-right corner and select Settings.
Scroll down to the bottom of the settings page where you should see a section called, Disable Your Twitch Account. Click on Disable Account.
On the Disable Account page, enter your account password and any feedback you want to share with Twitch about your decision to leave. This second part is optional.
Click the purple Disable Account button. Your account is now disabled.
Disabling a Twitch account removes it from the public Twitch service. Users can no longer log in to it, and it is no longer discoverable in searches or by direct visits. Important information can be changed manually or deleted by a user before disabling the account so even though the Twitch profile isn’t completely deleted from the Twitch database, all the personal information can be.
Before You Disable Your Twitch Account
Disabling a Twitch account can be done quickly but before you do so, there are some things you should do first.
- Inform your followers or anyone you are hosting: If you’re a Twitch streamer and you’re planning on disabling your account, it’s a good idea to inform your viewers in a broadcast in the days leading up to the big day. Make sure to mention when your last broadcast will be and also refer your followers to your other social accounts such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook so that they can stay in touch with you. If you’re switching to another streaming site, such as YouTube, ask your viewers to follow or subscribe to those new accounts.
- Disconnect your other accounts: One of the cool things about Twitch is that it can connect to other social networks like Twitter and Facebook and additional gaming services such as Xbox, Steam, and Battle.net. It’s highly recommended to break the connection to all of these third-party services before disabling your Twitch account so that you can connect them to any new accounts you create in the future. To disconnect these services, go to your settings page and click on the connections tab. This takes you to a list of connected services that you can disconnect by clicking on the green tick next to their names.
- Delete personal information: Because Twitch doesn’t fully delete your account, it’s a good idea to go into your account settings (via the drop-down menu in the top-right corner) and remove any important information that you want to protect, such as your real name and bio information. It’s also recommended to view your channel (from the same menu) and remove all of your custom widgets and links to the various donation services that you may have added.
How to Enable a Disabled Twitch Account
There isn’t a way to manually enable a disabled Twitch account. However, you can do it by emailing Twitch Support. Support usually replies to requests within seven days.
Reasons to Disable Your Twitch Account
While completely disabling a Twitch account can appear a little extreme, there are several legitimate reasons why some users choose to do so instead of just not logging in anymore. Here are three of the more common ones.
- Quitting Twitch: Some users simply decide to stop using Twitch. This can be due to a loss of interest in streaming altogether or even motivated by a shift to a rival streaming service such as YouTube.
- Multiple Twitch accounts: Some Twitch users may have created different channels for different audiences (e.g. one for streaming Super Mario Bros video games and another for artwork creation) and now prefer to focus on one or consolidate the two.
- Too many social accounts: In addition to potentially having more than one Twitch channel, users can feel that they’re using too many social networks in general and may want to cut back. We’ve all had friends who dramatically announce their departure from Facebook. The same thing happens on other social networks like Twitch.
Why You Shouldn’t Disable Your Account
It may be tempting to disable your Twitch account but there are also several things to consider before doing so.
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This is probably the most requested feature ever on Twitch, and frankly, it took way too long to turn up. Getting a new username used to mean getting a whole new account, which for some would be disastrous.
But nowadays, you can just switch usernames. If you’re not happy with being hawtgamer5647 any longer and want something a little better, here’s how to change your Twitch username.
- Login to Twitch.
- Go to Your account settings.
Next to username, you’ll see an Edit button, which looks like a pen. Click this.
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Enter your new username.
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Your username and channel URL will update immediately. Your followers and subscribers won’t change as they would if you had to create a new account; they’ll just see your new name instead.
You can’t change your name whenever you feel like it, though. Once you’ve changed your username, you can’t do it again for another 60 days. But finally, Twitch delivered. Go forth and change thy name!
Updated April 1, 2020: New year new you! We’ve checked this guide to make sure it’s all present and correct for 2020.
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