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Sometimes, you may be hanging out in a streamer’s chat and you see the modCheck emote getting used — and sometimes, even spammed. If you are on mobile or don’t have BTTV installed, then you’re probably just seeing text and it may just be adding even more to your confusion.

modCheck is a relatively new emote that first made its appearance in 2019. Since then, it has only started becoming more and more popular. People generally use this emote when they’re looking for mods in a streamer’s chat, but there have been other meanings and uses since.

Let’s take a look at what modCheck means, where it’s from, and how to use it.

What Does the modCheck Emote Mean?

modCheck is an animated emote of a fish looking over its shoulders. Chatters generally use it for the following purposes:

  • Checking for any mods in the chat
  • Asking mods to handle a bot, troll, or unruly user in the chat
  • Asking “where” — where is it, where are you, where did you go, etc
  • Asking “who asked?” or “any askers?”

Some chatters may find other ways to use modCheck, such as using it to say hello in an otherwise quiet chat. However, we don’t usually recommend using it in this manner unless you are a regular in a streamer’s chat or even potentially friends with them.

How to Use the modCheck Emote

modCheck is a BTTV emote, which means you will need to be on a desktop computer to be able to see it. To use or see BTTV emotes, you’ll need to first install the extension on your browser.

  1. Go to the BTTV website, then download the right extension for the browser normally you use. Install the extension and activate it. Once you’re done, you should finally be able to see and use modCheck. If you aren’t seeing it right away, you may need to restart your browser or clear your cache first.
  2. BTTV has many additional features that you can use to improve your chatting experience on Twitch. If you want to check these features out, you can click on the settings icon or the cogwheel under a streamer’s chat box. From there, you can start exploring BTTV’s settings.

What is the Origin of modCheck?

The modCheck fish is clipped from an episode of Spongebob Squarepants.

Not much is known about how modCheck came to be, other than the fact that user VerbalSilence first uploaded it onto Better Twitch TV in September of 2019. It wasn’t until 2020 that it started growing in popularity and getting added to more streamers’ chats.

modCheck blew up in popularity even further when, in July of 2020, users of r/xQcOW petitioned for the streamer to add the emote to his chat. xQc listened and added it the very next day. modCheck has continued to grow in popularity since then.

In fact, modCheck is now so popular that it has become one of the top most used emotes on Twitch. Just check this BTTV page and you’ll see that it’s one of the emotes on the first few rows.

When Should I Use the modCheck emote on Twitch?

If you’re wondering when you should use modCheck in a streamer’s chat, there are a few situations where you can. Here are some of them:

  • You can use it if you want to check for a mod or mods in a chat. You can also use it if you feel as though mods aren’t doing what they should, such as banning spamming bots and so on.
  • modCheck can be used to ask “where” questions. You can use it to ask “where did you go” if the streamer goes AFK. You can use it to ask “where is it” if the streamer is lost in a game or looking for an item they cannot find.

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Chriselle is a passionate writer and a gamer at heart. She enjoys gaming daily and streams on Twitch where she works hard to build a fun and welcoming community almost every day.