A Step-by-step Guide to Activate Twitch TV on PlayStation, Xbox, and Android

Live streaming boosted majorly at the time of the pandemic when people found every last source of human interaction through technology, which paved the way for the explosion of streaming, gaming, etc. Twitch is one among these booming live-streaming websites, owned by Amazon, which skyrocketed by 82% last year with its use by major esports companies as a way of gamers live-streaming their games, and several other creators broadcasting their content.

What is TWITCH?

Twitch is fundamentally a streaming platform, where people broadcast pretty much anything they do. It is mostly used as a shared gaming session, for gamers who livestream their gaming sessions. It not only streams games but also has several other broadcasting options such as IRL (In real life), talk shows, creative, and music.

Twitch originated in 2007 by Justin Kan and Emmet Shear as a website called Justin Tv, which allowed people to live stream themselves and communicate with live audiences through chat. It was then renamed Twitch Interactive in 2014, by Amazon and it was obtained for $970 million.

Over the years, Twitch has gradually evolved as people started vlogging live, creating art, music, sharing lifestyles, and much more, thriving in the online entertainment industry, and creating an active community of Twitch users.

The streaming platform’s outreach as of August 2023 has been exceedingly high and as follows:

  • 1.86 billion hours of monthly watch time
  • 7.58 million active streamers
  • 140 million active monthly users


Twitch is mainly based on broadcasting content like video games through screencast. A game streamer requires a facecam pointed at the gamer and headsets in order to communicate to their audiences, revealing their personalities in gaming. According to statistics, the expressions of the gamer while gaming is a significant area of fascination for the audiences.

Players often use the self-presentation feature of live streaming to build an audience. Underneath the video, is displayed the profile of the gamer, his other social media handles, about the game, hardware used or other details. Audiences can also communicate through the comment option below while streaming. The streamer may or may not choose to respond.

Other channels:

Twitch offers not only gaming channels but also other categories such as,

  • IRL: In Real Life (IRL) channel, broadcasters showcase their day-to-day lives with the audiences as in the former version of Twitch TV as in Justin TV.  These are vlogs that act as a video diary for the broadcasters that have an audience.
  • Creative: Twitch has a category to support artists in their creative pursuits as well, such as painting, drawing, sculpting, cooking, etc. This showcases the skills of broadcasters as they see fit to broadcast.
  • Talk shows: There is another category for people to discuss various topics, and share their views on matters. It paves the way for people to discuss from board meetings, political political debates to creative discussions, and more.
  • Music: This channel helps budding artists document their music pieces, share them with their communities, get feedback on them, and build an audience for their work.

However, you cannot access Twitch on any of your devices without activating your Twitch account. The steps to access your Twitch account vary on each device. This blog provides a step-by-step guide to activate and access your Twitch account on devices like PlayStation, Xbox, android, and access on Amazon.

Creating a Twitch TV Account

Twitch users need to create a Twitch TV account in order to broadcast or stream content; or even subscribe and view others’ content. A Twitch TV account is absolutely necessary to access Twitch TV on any device.

Here’s how you can create your own account on Twitch TV:

  1. Go to twitch.tv website.
  2. Click on the Sign-Up option on the top-right corner of the website, in between the Log-In option & profile icon.
  3. Enter your required details (username, password, date of birth, and phone number).
  4. A unique code is generated and sent to your registered mobile number which is used for the verification of the Twitch account.
  5. If your mobile number does not get any code, click the Use email instead button, enter your email address, and generate the unique code to verify.
  6. Once it is done, click the Sign Up button.
  7. You are done creating your Twitch user account. Take note of the username and password, in order to access it on any device.

Activating Twitch TV on PlayStation

Activating Twitch account on a PlayStation console requires an active Twitch account and Twitch application installed from the PlayStation store. Also, you will need another device in which Twitch account is logged in, to receive the activation code.

Here are a few steps to activate your Twitch account on PlayStation:

  1. Click on PlayStation Store on your PlayStation console.
  2. Install the Twitch App and open it.
  3. Log in to your Twitch account using your login details. (Username & password)
  4. six-digit code appears on your display. Save it to enter on another device, as it will serve as your activation code.
  5. Open the other device, go to the browser, and open the link https://twitch.tv/activate
  6. Log in to your Twitch account and enter the six-digit code that appeared on the console’s Twitch App.
  7. Tap on Activate. This will activate your Twitch TV account on your PlayStation console. Now, you can stream content in your PlayStation Console.

Activating Twitch TV on Xbox

Activating your Twitch TV app on Xbox is the same as on a PlayStation console.

The steps to activate are as follows:

  1. Go to the Microsoft Store on your Xbox console.
  2. Install the Twitch app and open it.
  3. Log In to your Twitch account.
  4. An Xbox activation code appears on the screen. Take note of it.
  5. On another device, go to its default browser, then open https://twitch.tv/activate, and log in to your Twitch account.
  6. Enter the six-digit Xbox activation code that came on display on the Xbox’s Twitch App.
  7. Click Activate. Twitch TV is now actuated on your Xbox console. You can stream content on Xbox now.

Accessing Twitch TV on Android

It is relatively convenient to create a Twitch account and access it without the help of other devices, as long as it has sufficient internal storage and a network connection.

To access Twitch TV on an Android device, follow these steps:

  1. Go to twitch.tv/login website on your mobile’s default browser.
  2. Click on the Sign-Up option, next to the log-in option.
  3. Enter your details (username, password, date of birth, and phone number).
  4. A unique code is generated and sent as a text message to your mobile number which is used for the verification of the Twitch account.
  5. Once it is verified, click the Sign Up button.
  6. You are done creating your Twitch user account. Take note of the username and password.
  7. Now, download the Twitch App on the Google Play Store and Install it.
  8. Login to your account by entering the noted username and password.  You can now gain access to your account and stream content.

Final thoughts

Though, in this modern age of massive online engagement, Twitch seems necessary to keep up with the exceeding online content and its audiences, it is rather useful when it comes to getting instant feedback for our work by streaming it live online. This creates an equal opportunity for everyone to showcase their talents and speak their minds without any hindrances from external factors.

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