How to Upload Your Twitch Streams to YouTube

by Zac

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 Save Your Streams on Twitch

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

  • Click your avatar at the top-right of your screen, then choose “Settings” from the drop-down menu
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  • Select the “Channel and Videos” tab at the top of the screen, then find the “Store my Broadcasts” section. Toggle this option to “on.”

Once this setting is on, your streams will be saved on the site for 14 days. If you are a Partner or use Turbo or Prime, the VODs will be saved for 60 days. 

How to Link Your YouTube Account to Your Twitch Account

To link your YouTube account to your Twitch account, follow these instructions:

  • Again, click your avatar at the top-right of your screen, then choose “Settings” from the drop-down menu
  • Select the “Connections” tab at the top of the screen.
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  • Scroll down the screen until you find the YouTube section
  • Click the purple “Connect” button. 

How to Export VODs From Twitch

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

  • Click your avatar at the top-right of your screen, then choose “Video Producer” from the drop-down menu
  • Find the correct VOD and click the “More” button. 
  • Choose the “Export” selection, then find the options for your YouTube video.

Highlight Your Video and Export the Highlights

Many people don’t want to watch a 3-hour past stream on YouTube. While you can post it as an option, consider exporting the highlights as well. These 15-20 minute clips are generally more popular on the platform as people can watch them in “bite-sized chunks. Simply use Twitch’s highlight maker to make the clip, then export it in the same way you would a full VOD. 

Everything Shemerson makes very creative compilations from his gameplay on Albion Online. 

Should You Export Your VODs from Twitch to YouTube?

It doesn’t hurt. 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. 

Downloading Your VODs From Twitch

Another option is to download your VODs from Twitch 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. 

For information about how to download your VODs, read our guide, Twitch Clips and VODs: How to Create, Download, and Promote.

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