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How to Upload Twitch Streams to YouTube

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Exporting VODs from Twitch can help you find a new audience. You can also potentially earn through people watching the highlights of your past broadcasts on Youtube.

In order to export your Videos from Twitch to YouTube, you must save your broadcasts and link your YouTube account to your Twitch account. This post will explain how to complete these steps, export to YouTube, and a couple options you should consider. 

How to Post Twitch Streams to YouTube

To export your Twitch streams to YouTube, you will need to complete the following steps:

How to Enable VODs on Twitch

In order to export your VODs, you must make sure to save your broadcasts. To do this, follow these steps:

Step 1: Click your avatar at the top-right of your screen, then choose “Creator Dashboard” from the drop-down menu.

Step 2: Open the “Preferences” tab on the left side-bar and choose “Channel” from the available option.

store your broadcasts

Step 3: Find the “Store my Broadcasts” section under “Stream Key and Preferences”. Toggle this option to “on.”

How Long are VoDs Stored on Twitch?

Once you have enabled them, your streams will be saved on the Twitch platform for 14 days. If you are a Partner or use Twitch Turbo or Prime Gaming, the VODs will be saved for 60 days. 

You can keep portions of your streams on Twitch forever if you create Twitch clips or highlight portions of your stream.

In the past, you were able to link your YouTube account with your Twitch account, but with the growth in popularity for YouTube Gaming, there is less interaction between the two platforms. Sadly, this feature has been removed and there is no news about it returning at this point in time. 

How to Export VODs From Twitch to YouTube

Once you have saved a broadcast and have connected your Twitch and YouTube accounts, you’ll need to access your VODS. To upload your Twitch VODs to YouTube, follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Click your avatar at the top-right of your screen, then choose “Video Producer” from the drop-down menu

Step 2: Find the correct VOD and click the “More” button. 

Step 3: Choose the “Export” selection, then find the options for your YouTube video.

Highlight Your Twitch Videos

It is a good idea to highlight your Twitch videos or edit them before uploading them to YouTube. The demographic on YouTube are far more likely to watch clips or compilations than they are to watch a full stream. Save the best parts of your stream for them.

Should You Upload Your Twitch VODs to YouTube?

It doesn’t hurt to upload your Twitch VODs to YouTube. While some videos will do better than others, having your content in a place where your fans can see them is useful. Again, we recommend focusing on the highlights or important announcements about your stream. 

Make sure to include in your description where you originally streamed the content so that people can find and support your Twitch channel. 

Additionally, if you are an Affiliate or Partner, make sure to wait 24 hours before you upload the stream to YouTube so that you are in compliance with Twitch’s Terms of Service. 

While there is no automated way to export Twitch videos to YouTube anymore, you can still download them and do it manually.

Download Your Twitch Videos

Another option is to download your Twitch VODs so that you can edit them in third-party software. At that point, you can upload a polished video that will bring in a greater YouTube audience who enjoy watching just the best bits of content. 

You will need enough space to store your Twitch VODs long term. To get this space, you can either use an online cloud storage service, such as pCloud, or hardware. We recommend the following options:

IronWolf

  • 4TB Internal HDD
  • SATA 6.0 Gb/s
  • 64MB cache

Lacie

  • 4TB External HDD
  • USB 3.0
  • Shock/Rain Resistant

Seagate

  • 5TB External HDD
  • USB 3.0
  • Schedule Backups

About the Author

Zac

Zac is a part-time tech blogger. He’s an avid gamer with a taste for old-school RPG’s and Indie Sandbox games. He excels at theory crafting and finding new ways to enjoy a well-loved game.

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