Unlock Twitch Prime‘s Best Features: How to Subscribe to Channels for Free Each Month

Have you taken advantage of your Prime Gaming membership perks on Twitch yet? If you‘re already paying for Amazon Prime, you might as well get the most out of it!

Let me show you how I set up Prime Gaming in just a few minutes to subscribe to my favorite streamers for free every month.

Here‘s What We‘ll Cover:

  • What Twitch Prime Includes and Key Benefits
  • Step-by-Step Instructions to Connect Accounts
  • Using Your Monthly Prime Subscriptions
  • Other Prime Gaming Perks to Redeem
  • Tips for Managing Subscriptions
  • Twitch Prime vs Paid Sub Cost Breakdown

I‘ve been using Prime Gaming for years, so I‘ll share plenty of pro tips for newbies!

Let‘s dive in and get you subscribed with your Prime…

What is Twitch Prime?

Twitch Prime (officially Prime Gaming since 2020 rebranding) grants Amazon Prime members special bonuses like free games and in-game content each month.

The most valuable Prime Gaming perk in my opinion is scoring a free channel subscription every month to use on the Twitch streamer of your choice.

These subscriptions normally cost $5-$25 out of pocket. So over the course of a year, accessing free subs via Prime Gaming saves me about $60-300 supporting my favorite creators!

Other Twitch Prime benefits that sweeten the deal:

  • Ad-free viewing (no disruptive ads!)
  • Expanding your game library with free title claims
  • Exclusive subscriber badges and global emotes
  • In-game content like character skins & currency

Now let‘s link our accounts and score these awesome perks…

How to Connect Your Twitch and Amazon Accounts (4 Steps)

Connecting Twitch to Prime Gaming is a quick process once you have accounts set up with both services individually.

Here‘s what to do step-by-step:

Step 1: Have an Active Amazon Prime Subscription

First, you need an existing Prime membership to tap into Twitch bonuses.

Amazon Prime runs $14.99 per month or $139 yearly for all Prime benefits like free shipping, video streaming, discounts, etc.

If you don‘t have Prime yet, start a 30-day free trial now.

Step 2: Create a Free Twitch Account

Next, head over to Twitch.tv to set up your viewer account if you haven‘t already.

Click Sign Up and create your unique username and password. Provide an email to confirm your account.

Twitch Signup

And you‘re ready for the account linking process!

Step 3: Link Amazon Prime with Twitch

This is the most crucial step for activating your Prime Gaming perks.

Visit the Prime Gaming website and click Activate Prime Gaming. Sign into your Amazon Prime account if prompted.

Under your profile icon, choose Link Twitch Account:

Link Twitch Account

Allow permission to connect Prime Gaming and enable bonuses.

Once linked, your accounts sync automatically going forward each month! Access immediately unlocks to Prime perks.

Let‘s use that free sub now…

Step 4: Subscribe to Streamers with Prime

Find a Twitch channel you love and click Subscribe underneath their livestream.

I like to use my Prime sub on smaller streamers to help support them since subscriptions represent a major revenue stream!

In the sub options popup, toggle on Use Prime Sub, then hit Subscribe with Prime:

Use Prime Sub

The streamer now receives a share of the usual $5-$25 subscription fee directly from Amazon at no cost to you!

Plus you gain access to subscriber-only perks and loyalty badges exclusive to paying members. It‘s a win-win.

Remember: Prime Gaming subscriptions do not auto-renew each month. I‘ll expand on what this means shortly!

And that‘s all there is to it – easy prime time subscriptions unlocked. Now let‘s optimize our new Twitch Prime perks…

Using Your Monthly Twitch Prime Subscription

Here are some important factors to consider when utilizing your free channel sub via Prime Gaming each month:

Choose Wisely!

Since Prime only grants 1 free subscription per month, be selective in which creator you want to support with your primetime boost.

I like to switch it up and spread some love to my lesser-known favorites. It makes a bigger impact for smaller channels compared to already-popular streamers.

Set Renewal Reminders

Your Prime sub does not auto-renew when the next month hits.

You‘ll lose access to that subscriber-only content until manually re-subscribing with your next Prime benefit cycle.

So I recommend tracking your Prime renewal date and setting reminders to resubscribe. Twitch will also email reminders. Don‘t lose your bonuses!

Paid Sub Perks Included

A Prime subscription unlocks all the same perks as paid versions, like exclusive emotes, badges, viewer rewards programs, etc.

So you still get hooked up with a bundle of extras by subscribing with Prime Gaming rather than lurking as a basic viewer.

Okay, let‘s check out some other Prime loot available for Twitch viewers…

Beyond Subs: Other Prime Gaming Loot

Aside from monthly channel subscriptions, plenty of other goodies come included to enhance our Twitch experience.

Expand Your Game Library

Every month, 4-6 free PC games become available to claim and keep permanently. That‘s at least 60+ free games per year!

Recent giveaways included huge titles like Far Cry 6, Mass Effect Legendary Edition, Dead Space, and Need for Speed Heat.

So if you game on PC, be sure to grab this freebie each month and build an awesome library.

Here‘s how claiming your free Prime games works.

Grab In-Game Goodies

On top of full games, Prime Gaming dishes out high-value downloadable content & items for titles like:

  • Apex Legends
  • League of Legends
  • Grand Theft Auto Online
  • New World

Score weapons skins, currency packs, XP boosts, and character outfits without additional purchase. Supercharge your gameplay!

Stand Out in Chat

Another awesome Prime unlock is the exclusive purple chat badge visible next to your messages. It makes you look like a VIP!

Plus you get access to colorful Prime-only global Twitch emotes for next-level reactions.

Flex your Prime perks with style anywhere on Twitch.

Alright, let‘s wrap up with some pro power tips…

Tips for Managing Your Membership

Optimizing those Prime Gaming bonuses involves just a bit of date tracking.

Here‘s a checklist to help tame the beast:

Twitch Prime Optimization Tips

  • [ ] Note monthly Prime benefit renewal day
    • Set calendar reminders & emails to resub Favorite streamers
  • [ ] Claim new free games with each cycle
  • [ ] Redeem new in-game content packs when they release
  • [ ] Alternate your free sub between favorite small streamers
  • [ ] Use Prime emotes lounging in any chat!

Follow this checklist each month, and I promise you‘ll get way more value out of your existing Amazon Prime membership.

Let‘s estimate that subscription savings potential…

Twitch Prime vs. Paid Subs Cost Breakdown

How much can you actually save by leveraging Prime Gaming for channel subscriptions instead of paying full price?

Let‘s find out based on average subscription tiers:

Subscription TypeMonthly CostYearly Cost
Twitch Prime (1 sub/month)$0 extra (Amazon Prime req‘d: $14.99/month or $139/year)$0 extra subscriptions (Just underlying Prime membership fee)
Tier 1 Paid Subscription$4.99 x 12 months = $59.88 per year
Tier 2 Paid Subscription$9.99 x 12 months = $119.88 per year
Tier 3 Paid Subscription$24.99 x 12 months = $299.88 per year

As you can see, the cost savings are excellent by connecting your Prime Gaming perks for Twitch.

Even at the basic tier compared to paid, you save nearly $60 yearly on channel subs.

If you subscribe to higher-tier streamers without Prime, you may spend $300+ yearly…ouch!

But using Prime brings that cost down to $0 beyond your underlying Prime membership that likely covers other Amazon perks you use anyway.

So in summary:

✔️ Access subscriber perks

✔️ Support your favorite creators

✔️ Save tons of money

Now get your Prime on and subscribe the smart way each month! Got any other questions? Ask away in comments.

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