Is Twitch Down...or is it just you?

When Twitch stops working, won't load, or you can't watch your favorite streamer, how do you know if the service is actually down or is it down for everyone, or is it just you? What at first glance looks like Twitch outage could be an issue with your web browser, computer, internet connection, or the Twitch app itself (if you're watching on a phone or streaming device).

It's hard to tell if Twitch is down, or if the problem is on your end, but there are ways to narrow it down and even get Twitch working again (if it's not completely down for everyone).

When Twitch fails to load or you are unable to view a live stream, you may see an error message. When this happens, try writing down the message. In some cases, the error message will be able to help you determine whether Twitch is targeting everyone or just you, and even help you determine how to get it working again (if possible).

Here are some of the most common error messages in Twitch:

  • 2000 Network Error : This error is usually caused by a network error between the streamer and the Twitch servers. If the streamer encounters network problems, you will see this error message. Try reloading or refreshing the stream later to see if the streaming network issue has been fixed.
  • Content Unavailable : Sometimes displayed as 5000 Content Unavailable , this error means that the content you are trying to view is not available at the time, or that you do not have permission to view the content. The streamer may be limiting the viewership of the subscribed account, their stream quality may be too high, or Twitch may have an issue with its servers not being able to serve the requested content.
  • Error loading data : This error occurs when the stream fails to load or is interrupted midway. You can try refreshing or reloading the stream, turning off ad blockers sometimes works, but this issue is usually caused by an issue on the Twitch side.
  • sorry. The content is unavailable unless you have a time machine : This error message can occur for a variety of reasons, but is usually caused by the content being no longer available. The streamer may have changed their channel name, or their channel may have been banned. If the error persists, you may need to clear your browser cache and cookies to see the new version of the page.

If Twitch fails to load and you don't see any kind of error message at all, there might sometimes be something seriously wrong with the Twitch servers or your internet connection. You'll usually see at least an HTTP status code error, which indicates a problem with your internet connection or the Twitch servers.

If you don't see any such error message, check if you can access other websites. If not, you must resolve your internet issues before you can access Twitch.

If you do see an HTTP status code when trying to view Twitch, this can actually help you resolve the issue. Some of the most common HTTP errors include 500 Internal Server Error, 403 Forbidden, and 404 Not Found, along with many other HTTP status code errors.

If you suspect Twitch isn't available to everyone, try these steps to test that theory:

  1. Check the official Twitch intake status page. This page is for Twitch streamers, but you can use it to see if there's an issue with the Twitch service. If the ingest endpoint on this page is offline, it means Twitch is unable to receive data from the streamer, so the service will be unavailable until the issue is resolved.

    This page is hosted on the main Twitch site, so if Twitch is experiencing server or internet connection issues, the page may not load.

  2. Check the unofficial Twitch Status website. The website compiles data from multiple official Twitch sources to show whether the service is available. If some or all of the services listed on this site are offline, the problem is on Twitch's end.

  3. Search #titchdown in X (formerly Twitter). Social media sites can provide an important source of information when services like Twitch go down. If Twitch does go down, you'll almost certainly find people talking about it on X, Facebook, and other social media sites.

    The hashtag link above will automatically take you to a search that shows tweets about Twitch shutting down, but be sure to click "Latest" to ensure you see the most recent and relevant tweets instead of older content.

  4. Finally, you may want to utilize a third-party service to monitor your website. Some useful status checking websites include: Down For Each or Just Me, Down Detector, Is it Down Right Now?, Outage.Report, and

If Twitch appears to be up and should be working, but you still can't access it, then the problem is most likely yours. There may be an issue with your network or internet connection, and there are many issues you can check and fix yourself to get Twitch working properly again.

If you suspect that Twitch currently works for everyone but you, follow these steps in order:

  1. Make sure you are visiting the real website. Before trying any other fixes, try clicking the Twitch link above. It is a direct link to Twitch, so if the link works, you may have been trying to access a fake or invalid copy of the Twitch website. If this is the case, be sure to update your bookmarks, consider where you may have received the bad link, and change your Twitch password immediately if you try to log into a fake website.

    If you are trying to watch Twitch on your phone or tablet, make sure you have the genuine app. You can find the Twitch app for iOS in the App Store and for Android devices on Google Play.

  2. Refresh or reload the stream. Once you're sure you're indeed on the official Twitch site, try refreshing the stream. This is especially likely to work if the Twitch website loads fine and you're watching a live stream, but you're now seeing a frozen image or black box instead of the live stream. If the flow is interrupted, a refresh or reload will get it working again.

  3. Try a different browser or device. If you're trying to view Twitch through a web browser on your computer, try a different web browser or try viewing on your phone or tablet. If you already use the Twitch app on your phone, check to see if Twitch works in a web browser on your computer.

    If you are able to view Twitch through the app or web browser, but not both, it means the Twitch service itself is up and running. There may be an issue with your web browser or Twitch app, or there may be an internet connection issue if your phone and computer use different internet connections.

  4. If you are trying to view Twitch through your browser, please close your web browser. Make sure to close it completely by closing every browser window you have open. After about 30 seconds, open a browser window and try to access Twitch.

    Some browsers have hidden processes that don't close when you close the browser window. When this happens, you may need to restart your computer to fully close the browser.

  5. If you are trying to watch Twitch through a web browser, please clear your browser cache. After clearing the cache, try accessing Twitch again. It's a quick and easy process that doesn't make any lasting changes to your browser, and it solves many problems, such as streaming issues.

  6. Clear your browser cookies. Here's another simple fix that can help if you're trying to stream Twitch via your browser. If you have outdated or corrupt cookies, it may prevent Twitch from loading the stream correctly.

    Clearing your browser cookies removes customized settings and login information from sites you use, requiring you to log in again the next time you visit.

  7. Scan your computer for malware. Malware sometimes partially or completely blocks access to the internet, preventing you from finding a way to remove it. If your antivirus software finds a problem, fix it and try accessing Twitch again.

  8. Restart your computer. If you did not restart your computer in the previous steps, restart now. Shut it down completely, don't just put it into sleep or hibernation mode, then start it up again and check if you can access Twitch.

  9. Restart the modem and router. If you're having trouble accessing sites other than Twitch, restarting your network hardware may resolve the issue. If not, contact your internet service provider to see if there is an outage in your area.

If after completing all these troubleshooting tips you still find that you can't view Twitch, you are most likely experiencing some type of internet issue. This is especially true if you can't find evidence of others shutting down Twitch and you're also having problems loading other sites or streaming content from other services.

The problem may still be as simple as a poor Wi-Fi network connection or too many bandwidth-hogging devices connected to the network. In either case, you may need to contact your Internet Service Provider for further assistance.

This is a less common issue, but you may be unable to view Twitch due to an issue with the path your internet connection uses to reach the Twitch servers. To resolve this issue, you may need to try a different DNS server. You can try changing your DNS server to one of any number of free public DNS servers and see if that helps.