Unquestionably, while Twitch is one of the biggest platforms for gamers, it is also a great place to follow, as other gamers livestream as they play. The platform has also encouraged expansion into other types of broadcasts, including music, sports, news, etc. Twitch is one of those platforms that can be viewed almost anywhere, with apps for Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Fire TV, PlayStation, Xbox, and Apple TV. One notable absence is Roku. Fortunately, you can rectify Twitch’s absence on Roku fairly easily, so let’s take a look at how you can stream Twitch on Roku.
How to Add Twitch to Roku
1. The first step is to go to https://my.roku.com on your browser. Enter your login credentials into the Roku site.
2. Upon login, you should be taken to your “My Account” page. On this page you can locate a menu option for “Add a channel with code.” This is located midway down on the page underneath the “Manage Account” heading.
3. Click on “Add a channel with code” to be taken to an add channel screen. It’s here that you can type any number of available codes for software that is not officially supported by Roku. In the case of Twitch, type in “Twoku” (not case sensitive) and hit “Add Channel.”
4. When you attempt to add the channel, a pop-up should appear indicating that you are trying to add a non-verified channel. This is natural and mostly serves to remove any responsibility of Roku from the addition of the channel.
5. Hit “Okay” to accept the terms and conditions. On the next screen, you should see the Twoku icon appear along with a message that the channel is FREE and that it doesn’t have ratings for its content.
Once the channel is added, all you have to do is (potentially) log in and start watching Twitch. You will be able to browse channels and categories to stream, but chat features are disabled. In the event Twoku doesn’t immediately appear on your homepage, make sure to refresh your page by going to “Settings -> System -> System Update,” which will also refresh your home page and add the Twoku channel.
If you find that Twoku isn’t the right Twitch option for you, there is another popular channel known as Twitch.TV, which can also stream Twitch through your Roku. To add Twitch.TV, follow the same steps above and use “TwitchTV” when adding the channel name. Move past the non-verified message and follow the next few steps to add the channel.
Streaming through Chromecast, AirPlay, etc. on a Roku TV
If the idea of adding an unverified third-party app to your Roku TV gives you pause, rest assured that it is not your only option. While Roku is also an operating system for televisions, additional streaming services like Chromecast and AirPlay still function just fine once they are plugged in via HDMI or the AirPlay feature is enabled. Turn on your Roku TV and select your Chromecast or AirPlay channel. In the case of AirPlay, go to “Settings -> Apple AirPlay and HomeKit” and enable AirPlay on your Roku television.
To stream Twitch, open the Twitch app and start the app on any Android or iOS smart device (iPhone or iPad). Tap the Cast icon at the top of the app or the AirPlay button, and a new window will pop up asking which television you wish to stream to. Make your selection and start streaming.
One can only hope that Twitch makes a triumphant return back to Roku’s official app directory soon. In the meantime, third-party apps are filling in the gap, and while they lack certain features, they offer the most critical pieces of the Twitch experience. Next, you should learn how to browse the Web from your Roku.