How to Fix Twitch Not Finding WoW and Addons?

Lindsay Hayes

If you're dealing with your Twitch app not detecting World of Warcraft addons or the game itself, there are a few fixes you can try. Try to re-login to your Twitch app, run it as an admin, or do a complete reinstall of Twitch or the WoW game. You can also dig through folders and delete the addongameinstance.json file. For most people, one of these fixes will do the trick.

A friend of mine has been playing the World of Warcraft game since it came out nearly two decades ago. However, he ran into some problems when trying to use WoW addons to customize his interface in the Twitch app. I don't play World of Warcraft as much as he does, but he came to me for help. Fortunately, after a few tries, I found a fix that worked for him.

If you're facing problems with Twitch not finding WoW or its addons, then I've put together this guide for you. Let's get right into the fixes that you need.


How to Get Twitch App to Detect WoW Game and WoW Addons?

From the Twitch app, you should be able to manage World of Warcraft addons from the Mods tab. On some occasions, you might have to deal with the Twitch app not detecting WoW game or any of your addons in the addon section.

This can be annoying since the Twitch app provides one of the easiest ways to add modes to your World of Warcraft game.

The good thing is that when you have your Twitch app not detecting WoW, there are several great solutions you can try out. You'll find them below.

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Log Into Your Twitch Account Again

The first thing that I suggest you do if you're facing your Twitch app not detecting World of Warcraft is to log out of the Twitch app and then log back in.

Doing this is ridiculously simple. Just follow the steps below:

  1. Open the "Twitch" app on your computer.
  2. Once open, click on your profile picture. You'll find it in the upper-right corner of the app.
  3. From the drop-down menu that appears, select "Log Out" from the very bottom.
  4. Once it logs out successfully, close the Twitch app.
  5. Wait for about 30 seconds before opening Twitch again.
  6. Now, select "Log In" from the top right.
  7. Type in your Twitch username and password.
  8. Press "Log In".

That's all it takes to log out and then log back into the Twitch app. For some people, this will fix the issue of their Twitch app not detecting World of Warcraft and its addons.

Run Twitch App with Administrator Privileges

Sometimes, giving the Twitch app administrator privileges can let it detect World of Warcraft and its addons normally.

There are different ways that you can run the Twitch app as an admin.

The first, and easiest method is to simply right-click on the Twitch app on your PC and select "Run as Administrator". Note that in some menus, you might need to hover over "More" to see this option.

The disadvantage to the above method is that you'll need to do it each time you launch the Twitch app. The steps below can show you how to make sure that the app opens with administrator privileges each time you need it.

  1. Right-click the Twitch app icon.
  2. Click "Properties".
  3. Click on the "Compatibility" tab.
  4. In the "Settings" section of this tab, tick the "Run this program as an administrator" option.
  5. Press "Apply".
  6. Click "Okay".

Anytime you open Twitch, it will run with admin privileges. This tends to fix the problem with the Twitch app not detecting WoW on your PC.

Reinstall Twitch

Although it can be inconvenient, another way you can attempt to fix the Twitch app not detecting WoW game is to uninstall Twitch and then install it again.

To uninstall Twitch, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Windows key to open the Start menu.
  2. Type in "Apps & features" or "Add or remove programs", depending on the version of Windows you're running on your PC.
  3. Look for "Twitch" in the list of apps.
  4. Select "Uninstall". On Windows 11, you will need to click the three dots on the right side first.
  5. Follow the prompts to finish uninstalling the app.
  6. Once done, restart your PC.

Now that you've removed the Twitch app from your PC, you can install it once again. Follow these steps:

  1. Open any browser.
  2. Visit Twitch's download page and download the Twitch desktop app.
  3. Once done, open your download folder and double-click the setup file.
  4. Press "Install".
  5. Go through the steps to finish the installation process.
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Delete the Addongameinstance.json File

Many users have found that a certain file being corrupted can cause the Twitch app not detecting WoW. Deleting this file can fix any issues you have with the Wow game and its addons.

To get rid of this file, you have to follow these steps precisely. The good thing is that they aren't complicated.

  1. Launch Twitch.
  2. Click the three dots in the top bar.
  3. Select "Help" from the options.
  4. Scroll down and click "About".
  5. Now, press the "Client Folder" button. This will open the folder on your computer where Twitch is installed.
  6. Go through the list and search for the "GameInstances" folder. Open it.
  7. Look for the "addongameinstance.json" file. Right-click on it and select "Delete".
  8. Now, close Twitch and open it again.

Reinstall World of Warcraft

Finally, the last trick you can pull to fix Twitch not detecting WoW game on your computer is to uninstall World of Warcraft and reinstall it.

To reinstall the WoW game, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Windows key and type in "Apps & features".
  2. Open the option that appears.
  3. Search through the list for "World of Warcraft".
  4. Click "Uninstall". Note that you might need to click the three dots to reveal this option.
  5. Follow the onscreen prompts to completely uninstall the game. This will remove the entire WoW folder from your computer.
  6. Now that you've uninstalled the game, it's time to go and download WoW again. You can get the game from Blizzard's official website.
  7. Select it from the list of games and click "Download for Windows".
  8. Go to your Downloads folder once it's done and open the setup file.
  9. Follow the instructions to complete the installation.

Hopefully, this is the last thing you need to do to fix Twitch not detecting WoW on your computer.

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Final Words

Twitch not detecting WoW or its addons is a relatively common issue. Fortunately, you can fix Twitch and this issue with WoW mods with a few different tricks.

I recommend logging out and then back into your Twitch account first. If that doesn't work, you can get rid of the addongameinstance.json file or run the application as an admin. Finally, you might decide to reinstall Twitch or WoW completely to fix this.

Did this article help you fix Twitch not detecting WoW on your Windows PC? If so, take a look at our related articles, where you can learn so much more.

Lindsay Hayes

Hi, I’m Lindsay, a techie from Kansas City. That’s right; I’m a born and bred Midwesterner. I learned to take electronics apart at my dad’s GameStop way back when, and I haven’t stopped since. I spend most of my time checking out new gadgets.
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