Emotes are one of the best features on Twitch. It really makes the platform stand out from other competitor streaming platforms. Adding your own emotes to your channel is a great way to reward your viewers for subscribing.

Your emotes should be unique to you, your brand and your channel. In this article we are going to cover how long it takes to have emotes approved on Twitch. We also have an article on how to create emotes without using photoshop. However, let’s jump in and see how long it will take to get your emotes approved.

How Long Does It Take Twitch To Approve Emotes?

Normally, when you submit a new emote to Twitch it will get approved within 24 to 48 hours as long as it is in line with Twitch’s Terms of Service. If your emote is denied it is usually because the emote does not meet the guidelines. If that is the case you will have to edit the emote and re-submit it. This may take another 24 hours to get approved again.

What Are Twitch Emotes?

Before we dive deeper into how long it takes to get emotes approved on Twitch, let’s take a look at what emotes on Twitch actually are.

If you are new to Twitch and have just started chatting, you may be wondering what all the little emoji-style images are in chat. I know when I first started, I was a little confused about where people were getting these from.

These little images are called emotes and are solely used in Twitch chat. There are some native platform emotes that everyone can use and then there is streamer specific emotes that can be used by subscribers of that streamer.

When you subscribe to a streamer, you can use their custom emotes in other Streamers’ chats as well.

How long does it take for Twitch emotes to get approved
Custom Twitch Emotes

As well as official Twitch emotes there are third-party emotes that many viewers use. These emotes come from chrome extensions such as FrankerFaceZ and Better Twitch TV. Anyone can use these emotes if the streamer and viewer have one of the apps activated.

How To Get Emotes On Twitch?

Before you can submit emotes for approval on Twitch you need to unlock them on your channel. The minimum requirement to unlock emotes on your channel is to be a Twitch affiliate. Once you are an affiliate you will unlock one emote. As you increase your subscribers, you will unlock more emote slots.

Once you reach partner, you will automatically unlock 6 emote slots. Again the more subs your receive as partner the more emote slots you will unlock.

How To Make Sure Emotes On Twitch Get Approved

To make sure your emotes get approved on Twitch you need to make sure you follow the guidelines laid out by Twitch. These are guidelines outlined by Twitch below:

  • The image must be in a .png format
  • Depending on whether you wish to use auto-resize or manual upload, you will either need a single PNG between 112 x 112px and 4096 x 4096px, or three image sizes: 28 x 28px, 56 x 56px and 112 x 112px.
  • Images must be square shape (eg, same pixel height and width)
  • The file size cannot exceed 1MB
  • Please submit your emote with a fully transparent background. If you do not know how to make transparent images, please read this .
  • Ensure you have viewed the emote at 100% resolution to check that the art has clear lines and, if you are including words, that the letters are correct and easy to read. Make sure that lines are sharp (no unnecessary blurring or feathering)

Do Partners Need Approval For New Emotes?

Some partners have their channels whitelisted to upload new emotes immediately. They do not have to wait for emote approval on Twitch. This means they can upload and subscribers can start using the emotes instantly.

How To Get Instant Approvals For Twitch Emotes

Some streamers don’t have to wait any time at all for emotes to be approved. These are usually streamers that have a long-standing history with Twitch.

As they have built up a credible reputation with Twitch and have successfully uploaded many approved emotes in the past, they can bypass the checks.

If you build up a good relationship with Twitch, get many emotes approved, and don’t have any bans, you have a good chance of unlocking instant emote approval on the platform.

Wrapping Up

So, expect to wait around 2 days to have your emotes approved on Twitch. Once you have them approved you can start sharing them with your community.

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