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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 livestream, with the options to run ads, start predictions and manage polls. It can be found through the following steps:
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.
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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.