How to Connect Mixer to a Mac

You don't need to be on a Microsoft platform to stream with Mixer

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Windows introduced its streaming app and service Mixer in direct competition with Twitch. Until recently, it was mostly a Windows-centric affair. Now though, with help from a streaming app, you can stream to Mixer using your Mac.

This article applies to Macs with at least 4 GB of RAM. In general, macOS Catalina (10.15) through OS X Yosemite (10.10) deliver the best experience.

How to Start Streaming With Mixer on a Mac

Streaming on Mixer with a Mac isn't as easy as doing it with Xbox or Windows 10, but it can still be done. As on Windows 10 or the Xbox, you need an account on Mixer, but when using a Mac, you also need to download streaming software to stream using your Mac. Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is a reliable free and open-source program, but other streaming software can also do the job.

After you downloaded the program of your choice, you need to set it up with both Mixer and your Mac. The process varies depending on the streaming software you use, but the Mixer Broadcast Dashboard gives you a link to the specific streaming program setup. You need those step-by-step instructions to get started.

  1. Open the Mixer Website on your Mac.

    The Mixer website is open showing featured streams on the homepage

    Mac users need to navigate directly to the Mixer website to set up a broadcast, unlike PC users, who can take advantage of the Game Bar.

  2. Select the user icon in the upper right corner of the screen.

    The Mixer homepage is open with user info in the upper right corner

    Depending on your screen resolution, you may need to maximize your window or scroll to see your user icon.

  3. Select Broadcast Dashboard. The Broadcast Dashboard is where all the settings for your streams are located.

    The user options are displayed in a drop down menu
  4. Adjust the stream title and other details to fine-tune your broadcast.

    The Mixer Broadcast Dashboard is displayed letting users change the name of their broadcast

    Try to come up with a sharp title that will pull people in rather than something vague.

  5. Select Stream Setup.

  6. Click the streaming software you want to use.

    Icons to different streaming software compatible with Mixer is displayed in a row

    If you are new to streaming, OBS is a free streaming software that is easy to use and capable of streaming with Mixer.

  7. Select Setup instructions.

    The options to set up streaming software for your broadcast are displayed
  8. Follow the program-specific instructions to start streaming.

While streaming to Mixer from your Mac isn't as intuitive as streaming from a Windows 10 computer or an Xbox, it doesn't have to be difficult either. Different broadcasting apps give you a varying amount of control over the specs of your broadcast. If you're new to streaming with an app or you want something relatively simple to use, then OBS is the way to go. If you're willing to spend a few dollars and want access to more features, then XSplit is the best option.

Mixer on iPhone or iPad

Microsoft developed an iOS Mixer app for interactive streaming between Mixer and the iPad or iPhone. The app is free with in-app purchases available. After a bumpy launch, the app was modified to improve its user interface and offer fun ways to interact with other streamers.