A Guide to Twitch Bits – For Streamers and Viewers

This is a comprehensive guide to Bits on Twitch.

In this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about cheering with bits, how to buy them, how streamers benefit from them, and so on.

This article is divided into two parts:

Twitch bits for

VIEWERS

Twitch bits for

STREAMERS

🎬 This article is part of our Start Streaming on Twitch series.

What are Bits on Twitch?

Bits offer a built-in way to donate and show support to streamers on Twitch.

These bits can be bought on Twitch using a variety of methods including PayPal and debit/credit card.

Once bought, bits are attached to your Twitch account and stay there until used.

Donating bits to a Twitch streamer is known as ‘cheering’.

For every bit that is cheered, the streamer will receive exactly 1 dollar. Thus, 100 bits equals 1 dollar.

It’s up to the streamer to choose the minimum amount of bits required to cheer. For example, some small streamers will allow cheering for as little as 1 bit while bigger streamers may put the minimum cheer at 500 bits.

How do you buy Bits on Twitch?

Buying bits on Twitch is simple!

A ‘bit’ icon is found next to the emote icon in your Twitch chat.

Tap this icon to purchase your first bits.

You can also head over to Twitch.tv/bits or find the ‘Get Bits’ link in the top navigation bar of the web browser.

Twitch has enabled a wide variety of payment methods for bits depending on your country of residence.

Keep in mind that the price you pay for bits is not the value that a streamer will receive.

1 bit is always worth 1 penny ($0.01) to a streamer.

When you buy these bits on Twitch, Twitch will charge a little extra and keep these profits.

How to cheer on Twitch?

Type in ‘cheer’ in the chat followed by the amount you want to cheer to quickly support your favorite streamer.

e.g.: typing ‘Cheer100’ will make you cheer 100 bits.

If you want to personalize your cheer, you’ll have to use the bit icon next to the emote icon in the Twitch chat.

Here, you can select how much you want to cheer, you can pick a cheermote and even add a message to your cheer.

You can also choose to cheer anonymously in this dialog if you want.

What are the benefits of cheering on Twitch?

Cheering comes with some exclusive benefits as well!

Just like subs on Twitch, bit supporters have their own badges!

And these badges vary from the number of bits you have cheered in your lifetime to that specific streamer.

Enabling bit badges are up to the streamer’s discretion. They also have the choice to upload their own, custom bit badges.

On top of that, some Twitch streamers have leaderboards for their bit cheerers.

These leaderboards display the total amount of bits cheered by their top 10 supporters.

Do Twitch Bits expire?

Luckily, Twitch Bits have no expiry date. Once purchased, you can hold onto them for as long as you’d like.

Of course, you will lose your bits if you lose access to your Twitch account.

Keep in mind that you can only store 250,000 bits at once.

Bits vs donations on Twitch

In general, for viewers, bit donations are more advantageous.

Bit donations come with perks such as cheermotes & bit badges.

However, some streamers may add additional benefits to donations such as TTS (text to speech ) messages which allow a viewer to have something read their message on stream.

For streamers, regular donations are more advantageous because you get to keep 100% of what the viewer is willing to donate to you.

Regular donations also tend to be larger donations than the average bit donation.


How to enable Twitch Bits

Twitch bits are enabled by default for all affiliates and partners on Twitch.

So you really don’t have to do anything to enable bits on your Twitch channel.

You can of course customize the experience for your viewers and make donating to you more appealing!

How to disable Twitch Bits

It is actually not possible to disable bits on Twitch.

However, streamers have the option to customize the cheering experience so there are some things you can do to prevent viewers from cheering bits.

For example, you can set the minimum bit donation as high as possible.

This is what many higher-end streamers do to prevent bit donations.

You can also remove cheer benefits such as custom bit badges, cheermotes, appearing on stream, and so forth.

How to customize your bit badges

You can upload your very own bit badges to Twitch.

If you’re not a designer, you can hire a Fiverr freelancer to do this for you.

Bit badges have to be uploaded in a .PNG format and can have the following sizes:

  • 18 x 18px
  • 36 x 36px
  • 72 x 72px

Here’s how you can upload new bit badges:

  1. Navigate to your Creator Dashboard > Preferences > Affiliate/Partner
  2. Scroll down to the sub section Bits Tier Badges
  3. Here you can uncheck any bit badges you don’t want to use or upload custom badges using the ‘edit’ function.

How to customize your cheermotes

You can customize cheermotes as well.

Cheermotes cannot exceed 1MB in file size and should be uploaded in a .PNG format.

You can upload Cheermotes in the following sizes:

  • 112px x 112px
  • 4096x4096px

Here’s how you can upload new cheermotes:

  1. Navigate to your Creator Dashboard > Viewer Rewards > Emotes
  2. Scroll down to the sub section Cheermotes
  3. Here you can upload your new cheermotes in ‘auto-resize’ mode or ‘manual mode’.

How to set up Alerts for bit donations

Want to learn how to set up stream alerts for your bit donations?

👉 Check out our Stream Alerts guide


Twitch Bits FAQ

🤔 How much is 10000 bits on Twitch?

10000 bits is equal to $100. When donating 10000 bits, the streamer will keep exactly $100.

🤔 How much is 1000 bits on Twitch?

1000 bits is equal to $10. When donating 1000 bits, the streamer will keep exactly $10.

🤔 How much is 100 bits on Twitch?

100 bits is equal to $1. When donating 100 bits, the streamer will keep exactly $1.

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