Whispering someone on Twitch is a way of sending them a direct message so that only you and the recipient can see the message. This can be useful for talking about things that are unrelated to stream, related to a different channel, or for sharing clips and helpful links.
This feature can even come in handy for getting in contact with people who aren’t currently on the same channel as you, or even those who are offline. Some people may refer to whispering as DMing (Direct Messaging) or PMing (Personal Messaging) and these terms can be used interchangeably with whispering.
How to Whisper Someone on Twitch (Desktop)
There are a few different ways you can go about whispering to someone on a desktop. The first method can be done through the channel chatbox.
Type /w @username followed by the message you want to send in the chatbox, and it will whisper the person for you. It will start to autocomplete the names of people you have previously whispered in that session which allows you to either click on the name to select it, or ignore it and finish manually typing the name.
At the top right corner of your screen, to the left of your profile icon and the get bits button, there is a button for whispers. Clicking this will bring up an inbox of all your previous whispers sent or received. There is a search bar you can use to find the person you want to whisper. Alternatively, if you’ve whispered this person before you can use the scroll bar to find their name and click on it to open up a chat with that person. This will also bring up a history of whispers exchanged between you.
The other way to whisper someone is to just click on their name in chat, which will bring up a quick summary of their profile and there will be a whisper button. Selecting that opens up a whisper chat box between you that will show your whisper history with them. Then you can just type your message and hit enter to send the whisper.
How to Message Someone on Twitch (Mobile)
Whispering someone on Twitch mobile works in much the same way as a desktop. If you wish to whisper to someone who is currently in the same channel as you, you can select their name which will bring up a number of options, then select whisper and it will bring up a chat box between the two of you with any message history if there is any. Here you can enter your message into the box down the bottom and hit send when finished.
The other way to whisper on mobile is to select the whisper/social icon on the top right of your screen, just left of the search button. This will bring up your twitch friends and there will be a button to switch to the whispers tab. Selecting that will show all of your previous whispers to other people, and there will also be a “Start a whisper” button you can select. Either scroll to the person who you want to whisper if you’ve had an exchange with them before, or select start a whisper and type the username in of the person you wish to message.
How to Check Twitch Whispers
To check your whispers select the whisper icon either on desktop or mobile and it will show you a history of all whispers that have been exchanged between you and other users.
How to Check Twitch Messages as a Mod
Twitch mods have access to moderator view in a channel, which gives them a customizable layout of the twitch overlay they can adjust to suit their needs best. This means that checking whispers is done differently than it is for other users.
By default, the whisper icon is now on the left side panel. For a mod to check their Twitch whispers, locate the whisper icon (left side panel unless they have customized their layout), select it and it will bring up their history of whispers.
How to Block Whispers on Twitch
It is important to know how to block someone from being able to contact you directly on Twitch, as sometimes people can harass you in your whispers as it takes them out of the public eye and mods are not able to handle the situation. To block someone you can:
Step 1: Select their name in channel chat so that it opens a little profile summary.
Step 2: Click on the 3 vertically stacked dots symbol to the right of the profile summary. This will bring up some extra settings.
Step 3: Select the block user button that is now visible, or in extreme circumstances, where required select the report user button and file a report to Twitch about the user.
Alternatively, if the user is not currently talking in the channel you are in you can follow these steps to block them:
Step 1: Open the whispers tab by selecting the icon at the top right corner of your screen.
Step 2: Search for, or scroll to older messages from the user you wish to block and select them.
Step 3: A history of chat between you and the user will have opened, click on the settings cog in the top right of the chat history and this will reveal a blocked user and report user button. Select whichever is appropriate for your situation.
This works almost exactly the same on mobile but is a little more streamlined when selecting someone’s name in a channels chat you will instantly see the red block and report buttons you can select.