Gaming Consoles & PCs How to Customize Your Mixer Stream Customize your channel with GIFs, sounds, and more by Jennifer Karner Writer Jen Karner is a former Lifewire writer and expert on VR and Android phones. Her work has appeared on AndroidCentral, iMore, WindowsCentral and others. our editorial process LinkedIn Jennifer Karner Updated on August 05, 2020 Consoles & PCs Xbox Buyer's Guide Tweet Share Email If you stream the video games you play on Mixer, you obviously want to grow a large audience. Attracting followers to your channel isn't the most difficult part, believe it or not. It's getting them to stay once they discover you. By customizing your channel and stream, you can catch their attention, which means you have a better chance of getting a new subscriber out of the deal. We show you how to do it. Microsoft shut down Mixer on July 22, 2020 and moved its existing partners and streamers to Facebook Gaming. The website and apps now automatically redirect to Facebook Gaming. Viewers with outstanding Mixer subscriptions or Embers will receive Xbox gift card credit instead. How to Customize Your Mixer Channel A big part of being a successful streamer is catching the attention of the people who are watching you. When they visit your channel do you given them information about who you are and how they can support you? If not, they're looking at a blank slate, and they're less likely to return the next time they log on. By filling out your bio, adding an avatar, and adding links to various social media accounts, you can show off a bit of your personality and entice new viewers to stick around. How to Add an Avatar Your avatar should represent you, your channel, and the community you're building. It can be a picture, a logo, whatever works for you. All you need to do is click the white arrow inside the temporary avatar to upload your own personalized file. How to Add a Social Thumbnail Once you start streaming you want to tell people about it on social media. This image is what's displayed when you share your stream with followers. It's a good idea to make this an image of the game you're playing or the theme of your Mixer channel so people recognize and associate your name with those images. Like the avatar, you can just click on the arrow to upload your image. How to Add a Channel Description Your channel description acts as an About You, and it's a general catch-all for information. This is where your schedule, bio, gaming rig, sponsorships, and pay links should go. You get access to a decent text editor and can upload files for separators if you create them in Photoshop or other image apps. You can edit your channel description by selecting Edit in the top-right of the About section or via the Customize page of your broadcast dashboard. How to Add an Offline Image Your offline image is what folks see when you aren't actively streaming. This is where you can leave a logo, schedule, or just a cool image you want people to remember so they return for your next broadcast. You can upload an offline image in the Customize options in the broadcast dashboard. You cannot revert to the default after uploading a new offline image. How to Customize Your Mixer Stream Customizing your actual stream is a bit more intensive than tweaking your channel. It also depends a lot on how you're customizing it. You need to take advantage of third-party apps like Firebot, Streamlabs, or Lightstream. Each one of these programs works a bit differently and offers its own catalog of features. This means you need to decide which one is best for you and then learn how to use it. Thankfully, most include FAQs and links to tutorials to help you out. Lightstream Studio is recommended by Mixer but requires a subscription each month to use. The main alternative is Firebot, a free Mixerbot that lets you use interactive buttons, GIFs, overlays, and more in your stream. Both Lightstream Studio and Firebot are only available on PC. There's no alternative for Mac users. Interactive Buttons You can create interactive buttons from the Developers menu that allow players to trigger certain actions with an associated Spark cost. Depending on what program you're using, viewers can trigger GIFs, sounds, commands, and more. Overlays Overlays are custom graphics, GIFs, or windows that display over your stream while you broadcast. These are sometimes referred to as widgets, and they give you added control over the look of your game while you play. How to Build an Interactive Button for Mixer Building an interactive button is fairly complicated and may take a few tries to get just right. You have to first build the button in Mixer, and then use Firebot or Lightstream Studio to make it work. Here's how to do it: Open Mixer. Select your user icon to open the navigation menu. Select Dev Lab. The Dev board used to be called Studio and is located at the bottom of the drop-down menu. Select Mixplay Projects. Select Let's Create One. If you've created a button in the past and want to create another one, there's a plus (+) icon you can select to do this. It's located to the right of Your Mixplay Projects. Enter the name of your project in the Project Title box, and select Other in the Project Game box. The only time you need to enter a game title in the second box is if you're building a button for a specific game. Select Save. Select Build. Select the + (plus) icon in the control column to open the New Control menu. Select Button and type a name for the button you're creating. If you decide you want to build a different control for your Mixer stream, this is also where you do that. All you need to do is select the control you want to create. Click Add. Select the horizontal dashes to enable moving the button and then drag and drop it onto the blue grid. This is how you place your button. If you select the icons of a phone, tablet, or monitor to the right you can see where it appears for different devices. Click on the right-pointing arrow next to your button's name in the control column. Type a display name in the Text* box and add an associated Spark Cost. The display name is what viewers see when they view your button on a stream. The associated spark cost is how many Sparks it costs them to press it. Select Save. Select the Code tab. Make a note of the code number. Now that your button is created, you need to open up the app you're using to integrate your button into your Mixer stream and enable it from there. This works a bit differently in every app, so you may need to check the associated FAQ to get it working.