January 8, 2024

How to Make a Poll on Twitch: Mod-Approved Tips in 2024

Sometimes streaming on Twitch can feel like a one-way street, right? Well, polls can be your secret sauce into getting your audience closer and more engaged than ever. That’s why we’ll be looking at how to make a poll on Twitch, something you can do as a Twitch streamer or mod.

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Polls aren’t just choosing between option A and option B. They’re the key to making your viewers feel heard and part of the show. Even though streamers can easily reach a wide audiences on social media - especially with tools like Framedrop - Twitch has always been about tightly-knit communities (and sometimes, even knitting itself). Often, this becomes a cycle where the show itself improves from it.

Let’s take a look on how to level up your Twitch game and the how-tos of Twitch Polls.

How to Create a Twitch Poll

  • As a streamer, go to the Creator Dashboard, Quick Actions and, after clicking +, add a Start a Poll action. There you can add the question and available answers. 
  • Moderators can initiate polls by typing "/poll" in the channel’s chat. 
  • Mobile users should access their channel and tap on the chat bar or settings icon to input questions and options.

Step-by-Step Guide for Streamers

Creating engaging polls on Twitch is simple. To be able to access polls you must be either a Twitch Affiliate or a Twitch Partner. Being either of these means having your channel monetized and access to exclusive benefits and tools. Follow these straightforward steps to start adding interactive polls to your streams:

Step 1: Accessing the Twitch Creator Dashboard

To begin, log in to your Twitch account and navigate to the Creator Dashboard. Click on the Creator Dashboard tab located at the top-right corner of the screen.

Step 2: Starting a Poll Action

Once you're in the Creator Dashboard, click on the “+” under Quick Actions. Then, find and add the Manage a Poll action and click New Poll.

Step 3: Crafting Your Poll Question and Options

Click on Create a Poll. Here, you'll be prompted to enter your poll question along with the available options. Some best practices when coming up with a question are:

  • Ask questions your audience cares about
  • Make sure your question is clear and concise
  • Word it in simple language

You can also activate Additional Votes which allows viewers to vote multiple times in exchange for Bits or Channel Points.

Step 4: Setting the Duration of the Poll

Decide on the duration for your poll. You can choose between a range of time options, from 1 to 10 minutes . This should be decided based on the nature of your stream and engagement you anticipate.

Step 5: Launching Your Poll

After setting up your question, options, duration, and any customizations, hit Start Poll. Your poll will go live and become visible to your audience for voting.

How to Make a Poll on Twitch as a Mod

Sometimes streamers are busy and want to make a poll - for example, mid-game. If you are a moderator and do not have access to the Creator Dashboard don’t worry! Making Twitch polls is still super easy.

Step 1: Go to the Channel Where You Hold Moderator Status

Log in to your Twitch account and navigate to the channel you’re a mod on. 

Step 2: Type “/poll” in the Chat

Click on the channel’s chat and type “/poll”. Once that’s done a window with all the poll options should pop-up.

After doing this, you can refer to Steps 3 and onwards of the Step-by-Step Guide for Streamers.

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How to Make a Poll on Twitch Mobile

Making a poll on Twitch via mobile is easy. Even though Twitch’s app gets a lot of hate they’ve made it so creator tools are easily accessible. Here’s how to create a poll while on the move:

Step 1: Logging In To Your Twitch Account

First, verify you're logged into your Twitch account on the mobile app. If you haven’t downloaded it yet, head to your app store, search for Twitch, and install its official app.

Step 2: Navigating to Your Channel

Once in, navigate to your channel by tapping your profile icon or searching for your channel name. This will lead you to your channel’s main page.

Step 3: Initiating the Poll Creation Process

To create a poll, tap on the chat bar or chat settings icon (often represented by three dots or a gear icon). Look for Create a Poll. Twitch has streamlined this process to make it accessible and user-friendly.

Step 4: Making Your Poll

Add your poll question in the designated space provided. Make it clear, engaging, and relevant to your stream's content or topic. You’ll also need to add the variius options viewers can choose from. Keep these options concise and reflective of the choices you want to offer. Be creative!

Step 5: Setting the Duration

Decide how long you want your poll to run. Twitch allows you to set the duration of the poll, giving your audience a specified time window to participate. Choose a duration that suits the context of your stream and complexity of the poll.

Step 6: Publishing Your Poll

Once you’ve filled in your question, options, and duration, review everything to confirm it is as you want it. When you’re satisfied, hit Start Poll. Your poll is now live and visible to your viewers, ready for their input!

Ending or Deleting a Poll

If you want to end your poll sooner or delete it altogether you can do so. Twitch’s own guide mentions that Moderators and Editors can end polls by typing /endpoll. They can also delete them by typing /deletepoll (as you’ve probably figured). To give a personal example, the streamer I was watching wanted their chat to vote on the game to be played and. It soon became obvious what game was going to win and the poll closed before reaching its end.

Getting good at using these commands will lower the amount of "dead time" and keep things dynamic.

Conclusion

Creating engaging polls on Twitch can transform your streaming experience into a two-way interaction, fostering a stronger connection with your audience. Through the Creator Dashboard or simple chat commands, streamers and mods alike can easily initiate polls that give viewers a voice and enhance the overall quality of the stream.

Leveraging this important asset can oftentimes make a difference on viewer retention and lead to a more active and participating community.

Empower your Twitch community and shape a more interactive and dynamic streaming environment by embracing Twitch polls.

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FAQ

How do I add polls to Twitch?
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First, make sure you are an Affiliate or Partnered Twitch channel. Then, either type /poll in your chat or go to the Creator Dashboard, Quick Actions and after clicking “+”, add a Start a Poll action.‍

How do you make a prediction on Twitch?
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To make a prediction on Twitch streamers and mods can use the /prediction command. Alternatively, go to the Creator Dashboard, click on the “+” icon under Quick Actions and add the Start a Prediction action. You can now Start a Prediction!‍

How do I start a poll on Streamlabs?
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You can do so using the Poll Widget on Cloudbot. Once enabled, go to Streamlabs Dashboard, Cloudbot page and then access the Polls tab. There, you can customize and launch your poll.‍

How do I set up channel points on Twitch in 2024?
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Creator Dashboard > Viewer Rewards > Channel Points. You can also create engaging rewards for viewers to redeem using their accumulated points.

Published at
January 8, 2024
Filipe Pessoa

Having a bachelor's degree in Sociology and currently getting his Masters' in Marketing, Filipe has always followed a customer-centric ethos. In 2021, Filipe was part of one of the 3 European Innovation Academy winning projects - CultureKit - as its CMO. Since joining Framedrop in August 2022, Filipe has worked on a wide array of tasks such as Copywriting, Lead Generation, Influencer Marketing and even dipped his toes in SEO.

When not working, Filipe channels his creativity into music production in his home studio.

Favorite sport: Football ⚽️

Favorite hobby: Gaming 🎮

Favorite musical artist: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard 🎸

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