How to broadcast on Mixer in Windows 10 Creators Update

Broadcasting games on Mixer from your PC is easier than ever thanks to the Windows 10 Creators Update. Instead of having to use third-party software, there's now a streaming tool built right in. All you have to do to start streaming is log into a few apps, launch a game, and click to start the broadcast.

To help you get started on the path of becoming a gaming superstar, here's how to broadcast on Mixer in Windows 10 Creators Update.

How to set up a broadcast for the first time

First, you need to ensure your privacy settings allow you to broadcast from your PC. By default, broadcasting should be allowed, but here's how to check.

  1. Navigate to the Xbox user settings page.
  2. Type your username.

    Navigate to the Xbox user settings page. Type your username.

  3. Click Next.
  4. Type your password.

    Click Next. Type your password.

  5. Click Sign in.
  6. Click the Xbox One/Windows 10 Online Safety tab.

    Click Sign in. Click the Xbox One/Windows 10 Online Safety tab.

  7. Click the Allow button in the Broadcast gameplay section. You might have to scroll down a bit to find it.
  8. Click Save.

    Click the Allow button. Click Save.

Now that your privacy settings will allow you to broadcast, you can start getting things set up.

  1. Launch the Xbox app from your Start menu, desktop, or taskbar.
  2. Click Let's play to sign in. You can also switch accounts or add an account if yours is not displayed.
  3. Launch a game or app you want to broadcast.

    Click Let's Play. Launch a game or app.

  4. Hit the Windows key + G shortcut on your keyboard to bring up the game bar. If you're using a gamepad, you can also hit the Xbox button.
  5. Click the Broadcast button. A broadcast setup overlay will open containing a bunch of settings for your impending broadcast.
  6. Click Start broadcast when you're ready to start.

    Click the Broadcast button. Click Start broadcast to start streaming.

Changing broadcast setup overlay settings

This new broadcast setup overlay gives gamers the ability to quickly tweak their stream before going live.

Click the field below Broadcasting window in order to switch between broadcasting just the game or your entire desktop.

Change what is broadcasted

Click the checkbox next to Camera on to include a small frame of yourself in the broadcast. This setting can also be toggled when you're already broadcasting.

Toggle your camera

You can move the camera window around the broadcast window by clicking the field below Camera Position. There's no dropdown menu, so just keep clicking until your camera window is in the right spot. You can choose from:

  • Bottom left
  • Bottom middle
  • Bottom right
  • Middle right
  • Top right
  • Top middle
  • Top left
  • Middle left

Move the camera frame

Click the checkbox next to Microphone on to let yourself be heard. This setting can also be toggled when you're already broadcasting.

Toggle your microphone

Click More in Windows settings to find more broadcast options.

Access Windows broadcast settings

Changing live broadcast overlay settings

A small window containing a preview of your broadcast will be overlaid on the game you're playing when you're live.

The pause button will temporarily pause your broadcast.

Pause your stream

The stop button will put an end to the broadcast and will close the broadcast overlay completely.

Completely stop your stream

The microphone button will enable or disable your microphone. You can tell it's off when there's a small X above it.

Toggle your microphone

The camera button will enable or disable your camera. You can tell it's off when there's a small X above it.

Toggle your camera

The window button switches between the stream view, the chat view, and the minimized view.

Switch between stream view, chat view, and minimized view.

Click and drag the move button to place the overlay anywhere in the game's window. This is essential for not ruining your view if you're playing in windowed mode.

Move the overlay around the game window.

Changing Windows broadcast settings

Windows broadcast settings can be reached one of two ways; you can find it in the standard Windows Settings menu, or you can reach it through the Game Bar broadcast setup overlay by clicking More in Windows settings. Here we will demonstrate the former method.

  1. Right-click the Start menu.
  2. Click Settings.

    Right-click the Start menu. Click Settings.

  3. Click Gaming.
  4. Click Broadcasting.

    Click Gaming. Click Broadcasting.

Here you'll find a bunch of additional performance settings to help make your stream the best it can be.

Click the switch below Record audio when I broadcast so that it turns on to ensure your viewers can hear the game's audio.

Toggle broadcast audio

Click the dropdown arrow below Record audio when I broadcast and click an audio quality. The recommended option should be good enough, but options are there for lesser or higher quality.

Change audio quality

Your microphone and camera can be toggled on and off while you're streaming, but you probably want to leave auto echo cancellation enabled. This cuts down on any looping audio that will make viewers turn off the broadcast in a hurry.

Avoid looping/echoing audio

Click and drag the sliders to adjust the game volume and your microphone volume.

Adjust game audio and mic levels

Click the switch below Use camera when I broadcast so that it turns On if you want to include yourself in the stream.

Toggle your camera on and off

Click the dropdown arrow next to Camera and click a camera if you have more than one option.

Choose your camera

Click the checkbox next to Capture mouse cursor in broadcasts to toggle whether or not your mouse shows up in the stream.

Show or hide your cursor

How to customize your Mixer channel

In order to actually customize your Mixer channel — things like title, tag, audience restrictions, etc. — you have to visit your channel in a web browser. There's a quick link in the broadcast setup overlay that will take you straight there.

  1. Click Your channel in the broadcast setup overlay. An Edge window will open.
  2. Click Log In.

    Click Your channel. Click Log In.

  3. Click Microsoft.
  4. Type your username.

    Click Microsoft. Type your username.

  5. Click Next.
  6. Type your password and hit Enter on your keyboard.

    Click Next. Type your password and hit Enter.

  7. Click the avatar in the top-right corner of the window.
  8. Click Manage channel.

    Click the avatar. Click Manage channel.

From here you can tweak your channel to your heart's content.

Are you broadcasting?

Have you tried broadcasting with the new tool built into Windows 10 Creators Update? How did it go, and where can we find your channel?

For more information about the Creators Update, including more game-related changes, check out Senior Editor Zac Bowden's in-depth review.

See the definitive Windows 10 Creators Update review