The short answer is – once per month. If you have an Amazon Prime membership, you get one free subscription on Twitch each month to use on any channel you want.
I know what you may be thinking: "Only once per month? Can‘t I use my Prime to subscribe to multiple streamers at the same time?"
The truth is, no, you only get one free Prime sub per month. But used strategically, that single monthly sub can still be a huge help in supporting the streaming community!
In this detailed guide, we‘ll cover everything you need to know about getting the most out of your free Twitch Prime subcription, including:
- What a subscription on Twitch means and how it benefits streamers
- The details of how Twitch Prime‘s free sub works
- Limitations and restrictions on the free sub
- How to claim and use your monthly Prime sub
- Tips for choosing and supporting streamers with your free monthly sub
- And more!
Let‘s dive in!
What Does a Subscription on Twitch Mean?
First, for those new to Twitch, let‘s quickly cover what a subscription is on the platform.
When you subscribe to a Twitch channel for $4.99 per month, you gain access to some special perks:
- No ads – Subscribers can watch the channel ad-free
- Subscriber-only emotes – Special emotes only subs can use
- Subscriber badge – A special badge appears next to your name in chat
- Subscribers-only chat mode – Channels can restrict chat to subs only
- Additional emote slots – More subs means more emotes for everyone
But subscriptions also provide a key way to support your favorite Twitch streamers financially.
Streamers earn a portion of all subscription fees – usually around 50% for affiliate streamers. So your $4.99 helps fund the streamer and allows them to continue creating content!
Now let‘s look at how Twitch Prime factors in…
What is Twitch Prime and How Does Its Free Sub Work?
Twitch Prime is a benefit that comes bundled with an Amazon Prime membership.
Amazon Prime costs $14.99 per month (or $139 per year) and gets you benefits like free two-day shipping on Amazon orders, access to Prime Video and Prime Music, and more.
One of the extra perks you get with Amazon Prime is a free channel subscription on Twitch each month. This allows you to use your Prime membership to subscribe to your favorite streamer at no additional cost to you!
Here‘s a quick overview of how it works:
Link your Twitch account with your Amazon Prime account to activate your Twitch Prime benefits.
Each month, you will get one free Twitch channel subscription token to use.
Go to any streamer‘s channel and click the "Subscribe" button.
Choose the option to subscribe for free with Twitch Prime.
The streamer gets paid by Amazon as if you paid for a normal $4.99 subscription!
It‘s a great perk for supporting streamers you love without having to pay the monthly subscription cost out of your own pocket.
But there are some key limitations…
Limitations on Using Your Free Twitch Prime Subscription
While awesome, the free Prime sub does come with some notable restrictions:
One sub per month – You cannot use your Prime to subscribe to multiple channels simultaneously. One free sub per month is the limit.
Manual renewal – The free sub does NOT auto-renew each month. To keep it going, you must manually resubscribe before it lapses.
Temporary benefit – If you cancel your Amazon Prime membership, you immediately lose access to your Prime sub and any other Prime benefits.
So in summary, it is one single free sub per month, and you have to manually re-up it each month if you want it to continue.
This leads into strategies for making the most of your single free sub…
Tips for Choosing Your Monthly Free Sub Channel
Since you only get one free Prime sub each month, you‘ll want to use it strategically. Here are some tips on choosing which streamer to support with your sub:
Smaller streamers first – Your sub makes a much bigger impact on channels with lower view counts. It helps them grow and means more to them than bigger channels.
Variety streamers – Sub to variety streamers you enjoy but don‘t watch frequently enough to regularly subscribe to. Your Prime sub lets you support them even if you‘re not an everyday viewer.
Rotating support – Consider using your sub on a different channel each month to spread the support to multiple streamers over time.
Sub goals – Check channels promoting subathons or working towards unlocking new emote slots. Your Prime sub can help push them to their goals.
Limited time events – Temporary "subscriber-thon" events benefit greatly from Prime subs during the event duration to hit targets.
Don‘t overthink it! – Don‘t let finding the "perfect" channel paralyze you. Just use it to support someone you enjoy. They‘ll appreciate it!
Claiming and Using Your Free Monthly Twitch Prime Subscription
Ready to put your Prime sub to use? Here is the step-by-step process:
Link your Twitch account to your Amazon Prime account. You can do this via the connections menu in your Twitch settings.
When linked, visit the channel you want to subscribe to.
Click the big purple "Subscribe" button below their stream.
A pop-up will appear – select the option to "Subscribe Free with Prime".
Confirm you want to use your Prime sub for this channel this month.
You‘re done! Enjoy your subscriber perks all month long.
Next month, repeat the process on the same or a different channel before your sub expires!
Some things to note:
You can only use your new free sub once your current one expires, so choose wisely each month!
Visit your subscriptions page to see your current subs and when they will expire.
Streamers get the same revenue from a Prime sub that they would from a paid sub. So you‘re still supporting them financially!
Additional Twitch Prime Benefits Beyond the Free Subscription
While the free sub is the most popular perk, Twitch Prime does come with some other benefits too:
Free loot in games – Prime members regularly get free skins, characters, currency, and bonuses in popular games like Valorant, Apex Legends, GTA Online, and more.
Game discounts – Special discounts exclusive to Prime members are common on game purchases.
Ad-free viewing – Watch any channel ad-free, even ones you aren‘t subscribed to.
So the free subscription really is just one piece of what Twitch Prime offers. But for many, it‘s the most useful and fun perk!
Wrapping Up – Get the Most Out of Your Monthly Twitch Prime Sub
To summarize, here are the key facts about the Twitch Prime free subscription benefit:
You get one free channel sub per month to use however you want.
The sub does not auto-renew – you must manually use it each month.
Streamers get paid from Amazon as if you paid for the sub.
Use your sub to support smaller channels, variety streamers, rotating groups of streamers, or channels working towards sub goals.
Don‘t overthink it too much – just use it to help out creators you enjoy!
So while you only get a single free sub each month, with smart choices you can still support a wide range of creators over time with your Twitch Prime membership.
I hope this detailed guide answered all your questions about how to maximize the value of your free Twitch Prime sub. Now get out there and start subscribing! Your favorite streamers will appreciate the support.