Twitch ‘could not access the specified channel or stream key’ Fix

What's up with this stream key?

Twitch is one of the most popular outlets for streaming and sees massive amounts of gamers flocking to the site to watch their favorite streamers. Unfortunately, errors occur, including the 'could not access the specified channel or stream key.' This may leave you wondering how to fix this Twitch issue.

How to fix the Twitch 'could not access the specified channel or stream key'

You can try a few options to fix the 'could not access the specified channel or stream key' error on Twitch. We recommend resetting your internet or checking your internet speed to see if one of these is the issue. Otherwise, check below for a list of options to solve this issue.

Reset your Stream Key

  • Go to Twitch.
  • Click on your profile picture in the top-right corner.
  • Select Creator Dashboard.
  • Choose Settings and then Stream from the dropdown.
  • Click Reset and then copy the new Stream Key to your streaming program.

Set your Stream Key in your Streaming Program

  • OBS
    • Go to OBS.
    • Select File, then Settings.
    • Choose Stream.
    • Click on Use Stream Key.
    • Copy and paste the Stream Key into your streaming field.
  • Streamlabs
    • Go to Streamlabs.
    • Select Settings.
    • Click Stream.
    • Choose Stream to Custom Ingest.
    • Copy and paste the new Stream Key.

Related: How to fix ‘OBS failed to load channel information for Twitch’

Connect Streaming Program directly to Twitch

  • OBS
    • Go to OBS.
    • Click File, and then Settings.
    • Choose Stream.
    • Click on Connect Account.
    • Log into Twitch and enter the confirmation code sent to your email.
  • Streamlabs
    • Go to Streamlabs.
    • Select Settings and then Stream.
    • Click the Connect button.
    • Log into Twitch and enter the confirmation code sent to your email.

Set Keyfram Interval to 2

  • OBS
    • Go to OBS.
    • Select File.
    • Click on Settings.
    • Choose Output.
    • Set Keyframe Interval to 2.
  • Streamlabs
    • Go to Streamlabs.
    • Select Settings.
    • Choose Output.
    • Set Keyframe Interval to 2.

Add your Streaming Program to your Firewall

  • Search Windows Firewall through the taskbar.
  • Select Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall.
  • Choose Change Settings.
  • Click Allow another app.
  • Add your streaming program to this list.

For more information on Twitch, check out How to delete clips on Twitch (Mobile & PC) and How to play a random clip from streamer when raided on Twitch on Pro Game Guides.

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