How to fix common following issues on Twitch

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Common Twitch errors

If you wonder how to fix the most common following issues on Twitch, you are not the only one. A large number of users have encountered issues with their following.

Twitch became one of the most used streaming platforms in the world. With the increase in the number of users, the number of reports of issues has increased as well.

In today’s article, we will find out the solutions to some of the most common issues reported on twitch in regard to the following. Please read on to find out the details.


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How do I fix the most common following issues on Twitch?

1. Twitch followers not getting notifications

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Because of a large number of users complaining that they didn’t get a notification when their favorite streamers came online, the Twitch has reacted.

They created a Google Chrome and a Mozilla Firefox notification service. Once connected, it will show you all the notifications available, even if you don’t have the Twitch site or app opened on your PC.

Follow these steps to set it up:

  1. Open Chrome or Firefox on your PC.
  2. Visit Twitch.tv and log into your account.
  3. Click on your username -> click the drop-down menu -> select Settings.
  4. Select the Notifications tab -> click the box to enable browser notifications.
  5. Click Save.
  6. Click Yes on the browser pop-up asking you if you want to enable notifications.

2. Twitch following not working

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If you can’t follow any new channels or people, it might be due to a glitch in Twitch servers. It is recommended that you uninstall your Twitch software, and download the latest version.

Even though this is not an official fix, it helped some users solve their issues, so it is worth a try.


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2. Twitch followers not updating

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Even though this issue was occurring relatively often in the previous years, the Twitch developers have declared that they identified the issue and that they solved it by releasing an update.

If your Twitch software is updated, then it might be the case that the amount of Twitch followers that you gained actually unfollowed your account.


3. Twitch followers not showing up

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A number of users have complained about this issue, saying that suddenly, the sidebar showing followers disappeared.

This issue is a glitch caused by some changes that the Twitch developers are rolling out. The update allows you to toggle on and off the sidebar, and even show extended details about your followers.

In order to work around this issue, please check that your browser is not zoomed in too much. You can check that by pressing the Ctrl and and + keys on your keyboard at the same time.


Even though not all the options presented in this list are fixes, we hope that this article has given you a better understanding of why some issues with the Following on Twitch might arise.

Please feel free to let us know if this guide helped you by using the comment section below.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in August 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.