Twitch has grown over the past few years and now it has more than 140 million average viewers a month. But as its viewership grew, people who experience bugs and glitches grew as well.
One popular bug that viewers have experienced is the Twitch purple screen. It is also called the purple screen of death since you cannot see what you are supposed to be watching. All you get is a message from Twitch.
Now, we will talk about how to fix the Twitch purple screen, its causes, and how to prevent it.
What Is The Twitch Purple Screen
The Twitch purple screen of death is a glitch that is caused by third-party software or browser extension. It happens when your third-party tools prevent Twitch and your browser or network from communicating properly.
Ad-blockers, sponsor skip, and other third-party browser extensions are the culprit of the purple screen. Twitch relies on ads and as much as you hate it, it is one of the company’s means of income so it will do anything in its power to prevent the use of ad blockers.
However, there are reports that users that are not using an adblocker still experience the purple screen of death.
How To Fix Twitch Purple Screen
There are several methods to fix the Twitch purple screen of death. Here are some of them.
Method 1 – Disable Your Adblocker
Since the Twitch purple screen is caused by third-party adblockers, the first solution to this problem is to disable it.
Here’s how you do it in Google Chrome. The steps would be similar on other browsers except that the setting names might be a little different.
Option 1- Disable Your Adblocker For Your Whole Web Browser
- Click on the three dots in the upper right section of Google Chrome to open Settings.
- Navigate to More Tools.
- Select Extensions.
4, Scroll to your adblocker. It could be Adblock, uBlock Origin, or another extension, and turn it off.
- Go back to Twitch and watch a stream. Check if the purple screen appears again.
Option 2 – Disable Your Adblocker For Twitch Only
You may go for this option if you want to keep the extension from continuously blocking ads on other websites but disable it on Twitch.
Here’s how to do it with uBlock Origin as an example.
- Open Twitch.
- Click on the Extensions button on Google Chrome.
- Scroll down until you see the adblocker extension. In this case, uBlock Origin. Click the extension.
- Press the power button icon to disable the adblocker on Twitch.
- Refresh your browser and see if the purple screen of death still appears.
Method 2 – Use A VPN And Set It To A Different Country
There are countries where Twitch is only allowed to show ads at a limited capacity. Some countries even ban Twitch ads totally.
If you have a VPN then you may set it to the following countries:
- Costa Rica
Method 3 – Use The Twitch Official Site
There are websites where Twitch links are embedded. You may view these streams like how you would on the main Twitch site.
However, doing so might trigger the purple screen error since it is only embedded. Twitch display the purple screen on embedded videos to incentivise you to go to the actual Twitch site. When you go to the actual Twitch site the purple screen will disappear.
Method 4 – Add Twitch To Your Adblockers Whitelist
Adblockers such as AdBlock Plus have an option to whitelist certain websites. You may add Twitch to the whitelist and ads will continue to show up.
Another feature of AdBlock Plus is it lets you “Allow ads on specific Twitch channels”. Unfortunately, if you are using uBlock Origin then you are missing out on this specific feature.
Method 5 – Watch Streams Through The VOD Option
Twitch has a Video On Demand (VOD) feature wherein you can watch a streamer’s previously uploaded content. You may even use this feature while the live stream is ongoing to go back to the previous parts of a stream.
Using the VOD feature will remove ads since technically it is not live anymore. This removes the chance of encountering the purple screen of death.
However, using VOD to watch a stream would mean that you cannot interact with the community in real-time. You will also experience a delay. The delay is adjustable and sometimes it is not too far behind.
Lastly, this option is only available for channels that allow VODs. There are Twitch channels that disable VODs totally while others can be viewed if you are subbed to them.
Method 6 – Use A Different Browser Or Go Incognito
Google Chrome has a private browsing option called Incognito. Other web browsers also have these features. Using this feature lets you browse without leaving any traces such as cookies and cache.
Sometimes watching Twitch streams in incognito prevents the purple screen from appearing.
However, if the incognito mode does not work then it is time to switch to a different browser. From there, choose between standard browsing or private browsing as well.
The Twitch purple screen of death is annoying if you are using an adblocker. However, ads are going to be part of Twitch forever since it is part of their revenue.
If you do not want the purple screen, then use the methods above. But hear us out. Since you love watching streamers, then why not watch a few of their ads since it would help them? They grow their channel and you do not have to worry about the purple screen anymore.
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