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How to Turn Off Viewer Count on Twitch

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When streaming it can be useful to turn off your viewer count as it can be distracting and stop you from performing your very best. In this article, we will cover how to hide that pesky view count on the Twitch website and inside of Streamlabs.

Turn Off Viewer Count on Twitch in 3 Steps

The stream manager page on the Twitch website can be very useful to access during a live stream, with the options to run ads, start predictions and manage polls. It can be found through the following steps:

  1. Step 1

    Going to your “Creator Dashboard.”

  2. Step 2

    Selecting the “Stream Manager” tab on the left-hand side of the screen.

  3. Step 3

    Once you’re on this page, there will be a bar across the top of the screen with some stats about your stream and your Twitch channel. If you click on the “Viewers” tab, it will change the view counter to be invisible unless you hover over it.

This can also be done for any other piece of information in these tabs which can be useful if you don’t want to obsess over various data points while you’re live.

How to Turn Off Viewer Count on Streamlabs

The viewer count in Streamlabs is visible from the chat window.

To hide the viewer count in Streamlabs, click on the eye icon adjacent to the viewer count.

Pressing this again will make your viewer count visible once more.

How to Turn Off Viewer Count on OBS Studio

In OBS studio you need to have the “Twitch Stats” panel enabled to be able to view your viewer count. This is found under the “Docks” section of the “View” tab at the top of the screen.

This is found under the “Docks” section of the “View” tab at the top of the screen.

To hide your viewer count you can either remove this panel from your OBS using the little X in the top right corner, or you can click on the viewer count to change it to hover to view mode.

Should You Turn Off Your Viewer Count?

While live, you may feel that your viewer count helps you in that it lets you know when people join your stream – allowing you to leap into action and welcome them! Unfortunately, the viewer counter does not update in real time – which means that a person can join your stream and leave without the count ever moving. Also, if you’re not careful watching the viewer count can distract you from providing a good show and cause anxiety/doubts if it’s continually dropping or not moving up.

If you’re the type to always be looking at the viewer count, or obsess over stats it may be beneficial to you to hide that viewer count and just enjoy the ride. If you always stream as if 10 people are watching then you’ll be able to make better content, focus on chat, and have a good time. Plus, you’ll have a little surprise after your streams to see how it did! You can always go back and look at the dips and peaks in viewers to analyse later rather than allowing it to distract you live. 


Turning off your viewer count can take a load of the mind while you’re live, and with it being such a simple process there’s no harm in trying it. 

About the Author


Sarah is a games development student and Twitch streamer from the UK. In her streams, she shares her love for video games and their craft. Outside of streaming, she loves gaming with her partner.

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