How to Stream Mobile Games on Twitch

It requires some extra software and equipment

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Streaming video games is a popular pastime for many people, with some even turning their hobby into a full-time career, on platforms like Twitch. While consoles such as the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 have streaming capabilities in the operating systems, broadcasting a quality gaming stream from a mobile device requires extra software and hardware. Here's how to get started.

Instructions in this article apply to the OBS Studio app for Windows 10, MacOS 10.11+, and Linux; and the Reflector 3 app for Windows 10, MacOS, Android, and Amazon Fire TV.

What Is Mobile Twitch Streaming?

Mobile Twitch streaming is the broadcasting of live gameplay from an iOS, Android, or Windows device on the Twitch platform.

While it's possible to stream only the gameplay footage, most successful streamers also incorporate webcam footage of themselves and an appealing visual layout to engage with their viewers and encourage them to follow or subscribe to their Twitch channel.

What's Needed for a Mobile Twitch Stream?

In addition to a mobile device and the game you want to stream, you'll need the following:

  • A Windows PC or Mac
  • The Reflector 3 program installed on the computer
  • The free OBS Studio streaming software installed on the computer
  • A webcam
  • A microphone

Prepare Your Mobile Device for Streaming on Twitch

Before you begin streaming from your mobile device, it's recommended that you close all open apps. This makes sure your device is running as fast as possible and boosts the performance of the game you're playing.

It's also a good idea to turn off notifications. Any messages you receive during a livestream are visible to your audience. Also, turn on Airplane Mode to prevent people from calling you, and keep Wi-Fi and Bluetooth functional so you can project your screen to your computer with Reflector 3.

Install the Reflector 3 Software

To capture and stream footage from your mobile device, display it on your computer, which in turn will send it to Twitch. It's similar to how you connect a Blu-ray player to a TV so you can watch the Blu-ray disk.

Reflector 3 is a program for Windows and macOS that makes a computer compatible with wireless projecting technologies supported by iOS, Android, and Windows phones. This includes Google Cast, AirPlay, and Miracast.

Screenshot of the Reflector 3 website

You won't need to use any cables or additional hardware when using Reflector 3.

After downloading Reflector 3 from its official website, open the program on your computer. Then, wirelessly project your mobile display to the computer using one of the following methods:

iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

Swipe up from the bottom of the iOS device screen to open the Control Center, then tap the AirPlay icon.

Android

Open the Notifications Center on the Android phone or tablet and tap the Cast icon. Then, select More Settings and choose your computer.

Windows Phone

Swipe down on the screen and tap the Connect icon. Select your computer from the list of compatible devices.

Set Up OBS Studio

Download OBS Studio onto your computer. This is a popular free program that's used to broadcast on Twitch and other streaming platforms.

Screenshot of the OBS Studio website

After OBS Studio is installed, link it to your Twitch account. To do this:

  1. Log into your account on the official Twitch website.

  2. Go to the Creator Dashboard and select Channel > Primary Stream Key.

  3. Press Copy to save your stream key to the clipboard.

    Screenshot of the Twitch Creator Dashboard
  4. Switch back to OBS Studio and select Settings > Streaming > Service > Twitch.

    Screenshot of OBS Studio
  5. Paste your stream key into the relevant field and press OK. Anything broadcast from OBS Studio is sent directly to your personal Twitch account.

Add Media Sources to OBS Studio

Make sure Reflector 3 is open and your mobile device is mirrored on it before you add Reflector 3 to OBS Studio. This is how your viewers will see your gameplay.

  1. At the bottom of OBS Studio, select the + in the Sources window.

    Screenshot of OBS Studio
  2. Choose Window Capture and select Reflector 3. Then, select OK.

  3. Move and resize the new screen so it looks the way you want. The entire black workspace is what your viewers see.

    To make the workspace more visually appealing, import images by adding more sources.

  4. To add your webcam, select the + under Sources and choose Video Capture Device.

  5. Choose your webcam from the list and select OK. Move and resize it to your liking.

Start Your Twitch Broadcast

When the dashboard is configured the way you want, select the Start Streaming button in the lower-right corner of OBS. You'll be live on Twitch and your viewers see your webcam footage, any images you've added, and footage of your mobile game.