Twitch now offers the ability to send private chat messages within your current chat stream. This feature is called Whisper. Your whisper will appear in-line with the rest of the chat but only you and the user you are whispering will be able to see it.
How to create a whisper
Open Twitch in the browser and sign in to your Twitch account. Next, navigate the channel you want and stream chat where you wish to whisper.
Creating a whisper is very simple. Once you are on the stream chat, you need to type out this command followed by the message you want to send:
/w username "message"
The username will be auto-filled with the most recent 5 users you whispered with or received a whisper from during the current chat session. Otherwise, you can manually complete the username. Below is an example provided by Twitch blog on how to send a whisper:
After that, you will be presented with a new chat window where you can continue the message thread privately.
On Twitch Mobile app:
Find your Twitch app on your iPhone or Android phone and navigate to the profile of the user you want to whisper to. You can find their profile making use of the search.
On Android, tap “Whisper” on their profile page. This will open a private window.
On the iPhone, tap the three dots in the top-right corner. A menu will appear and then tap on “Whisper” from the selection.
You can also whisper to someone in Twitch app much the same way as on desktop. Although on the app you need to be on the same channel if you want to whisper to a user, who is currently in the same channel as you, you can select the user’s name, a number of options will open, and select Whisper. This will open up a chat between you two with any message history if existing.
How to receive a whisper
You might be asking how will I be informed if someone is whispering me? All you need to do to check your whispers, is to select the whisper icon (same as on the desktop and in the mobile app) and it will show you if you have any new whispers. It will also show you the history of all whispers that have been exchanged between you and other users.
The whisper preferences can be refined if you wish to limit the whispers just to streamers you follow. By default, the setting is set to allow any Twitch user to whisper to you.
For the iOS and Android Apps, Twitch has also added the following languages to enable you to whisper in whichever language you speak: Arabic (for iOS users only), Bulgarian, Simplified English, Traditional English, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and many more.
How does it work?
You can whisper to friends, followers, and subscribers and chat privately. All this can be done without actually leaving the chat. Your whisper will appear both on web and in the mobile app regardless of the channel you are currently on. This means if your friend is streaming a different channel such as soapoppin and you are watching jacksepticeye, you can still whisper to your friend as long as you are both logged on. What is great about this is that only you and your friend can see the message thread.
If you are thinking, but what if users troll me and I want to ignore certain whispers? Thankfully, you can ignore a user who is whispering to you at any time. Twitch will simply confirm with you the reason for the block so that they can decide whether this whisper is violating their terms of service.
If you try to send a whisper to a user who has settings to only receive from broadcaster they follow, Twitch will let you know. You will be sent a message from Twitch informing you that the message cannot be sent.
Although you can send a whisper to more than one user, you cannot add more than one user in the same whisper conversation. However, you are still able to send a whisper to another user in a group chat. Also note that if you have multiple chats open, whispers will appear in all your opened chats.
Twitch promises to deliver even more features for whispers in the coming future. One of the features will be offline delivery so that the users can send a whisper even when the other user is not online. So, stay tuned for more.
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