Twitch: Live Game Streaming

Last modified
Thursday, February 13, 2020

Description of App

Twitch lets you instantly watch your favorite games. It’s all live, all the time, and free!

With Twitch for your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, you can watch live broadcasts of the games you love and chat with the players you follow. Features include:

• View broadcasts of top games, players and events
• Browse by game and channel name
• Fully-featured chat, including a chat-only mode
• Be alerted when the channels you follow are live
• AirPlay compatible (works in background)

PC World: "The quality and selection simply blow most of the other live-streaming apps out of the water... "

Mashable: "If you’re ditching cable, there are many alternative content destinations online. If you’re a gamer, one of those is probably TwitchTV."




Free or Paid


Apple Watch Support

Not Known

iOS Version


Device(s) App Was Tested On


Accessibility Comments

The accessibility of this app has grown leaps and bounds. It used to be just ok, but recently they've added in lots of functionality, and everything is nicely labeled. My only real complaint is that you can't watch streams in the background, so if you go to write a message to someone in another app, etc, you'll lose the stream and have to reopen the app. Even the chat works great!

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

Most buttons are clearly labeled.


The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments

I'm impressed how far this app has come.

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1 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by stirlock 6 years 4 months ago



Submitted by PG_PB on Sunday, July 23, 2017

When I watch a stream I can see the chat text field, but when I swipe to the left from there VO doesn't tell me the message and the person's name, it just makes a clicking noise. In the right hand corner I see a button that's labled bits. What's that for?

Submitted by Piotr Machacz on Sunday, July 23, 2017

I was thinking of adding this app to the directory but I guess I don't have to. Anyway, the current iteration of the UI is just about usable with VoiceOver where you can just about start up a stream, see who's live and adjust some settings. But there's a lot of unlabeled buttons. For the really bad parts, the chat messages are almost completely invisible to VoiceOver and only show up as clicks. The video player is completely invisible, so if the controls disappear the only way to bring them back is to turn VoiceOver off, tap roughly in the top center, turn it back on and hope you can get to what you need before it vanishes again. Finally, search is almost unusable as well because the search results appear as unlabeled buttons.

Submitted by PG_PB on Sunday, July 23, 2017

I hope that'll be fixed in the next update.

Submitted by tim-twitch on Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Hi all,
I'm an iOS developer at Twitch and we recently shipped some improvements to the app including Dynamic Type, and better VoiceOver support. It's an ongoing process to improve the accessibility of our app, but wanted to reach out here to get some insights of the biggest pain points.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Thanks. I suggest theeplay controls could be easier to get to if I start playing a stream. Right now I have to kind of double tap somewhare to show them then find the pause button which for me is not that possible especially if the stuff I'm listenign to is loud ish.

I'm a twitch streamer so love the fact I can now watch the chat from my phone and respond there when needed. Wish clipping were more doable especially with our vods we produce, but one day.

Submitted by Oliver Kennett on Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Just got the app again. It's not intuitive the way one is taken through the opening pages, IE, without a next button or skip button and the text passages are rather dense, these could be devided over several lines, especially looking at the tailored advertising page, there is a lot to be read out there and, though I know we should all read such things, let's face it, we don't. Could be a smoother ride in with more structured and smaller steps maybe.

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Tuesday, March 3, 2020

I had no trouble with that, I just completed. It fine, don't ask me how as this was a few months ago, but yeah the experience was quite nice. I really love the way twitch are, wish we can one day do highlights on the go of our streams in case we are out and want to make the highlights instead of being at the pC. Also for the mods who are on our streams, wish there was a way they can ban users etc from the phone and delete messages etc.

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