How to Use the Clubhouse App

A guide to navigating the Clubhouse audio-social app

What to Know

  • Download Clubhouse and follow the prompts to create a profile, pick a username, and do other setup tasks.
  • Start a room: Tap Start a room and choose Open, Social, or Closed. Select your topic > Let's Go.
  • Tap any room to join in. Tap the Raise your hand icon to have the moderator unmute you if you want to participate.

This article explains how to use the audio-social networking Clubhouse app for iOS and Android. The information covers how to create a profile, how to follow people, and how to get started joining rooms.

Create a Profile

When you download the Clubhouse app for iOS or Android, Clubhouse will walk you through the steps for creating a profile and getting started.

  1. Download Clubhouse from the App Store or get the Android Clubhouse app from the Google Play Store, then tap Welcome In to get started.

  2. Enter your phone number and tap Next.

  3. Clubhouse will text you a verification code. Enter the code and tap Next.

    Clubhouse app with Welcome In, phone number field, and text verification field highlighted
  4. Clubhouse will begin setting up your profile. Tap Import From Twitter if you want to autofill with Twitter profile info, or tap Enter My Info Manually.

  5. Enter your name and tap Next. Clubhouse prefers that people use their real names.

  6. Select a username. Usernames begin with @.

    Clubhouse app with Import from Twitter, name, and username highlighted
  7. Add a photo and tap Next, or tap Skip to skip this step for now.

  8. Tap OK to allow Clubhouse to access your contacts and find your friends or tap Don't Allow. Or, tap Skip to skip this step.

    If you don't give Clubhouse access to your contacts, but a friend uploads their contacts to Clubhouse, and your info is on that list, other people are alerted that you joined Clubhouse.

  9. Clubhouse will show you a list of suggested rooms to follow. Select rooms you want to follow, then tap Follow.

    Clubhouse app highlighted photo entry, contact access, and rooms to follow
  10. Tap Allow to allow Clubhouse notifications or tap Don't Allow if you prefer not to receive notifications.

  11. Your profile setup is complete, and you'll arrive at the Clubhouse home page.

    Clubhouse app with Notifications options highlighted alongside the home page

Follow People and Interests

When you finish creating your profile, tap the magnifying glass to search for topics and rooms that interest you. Type in a search term, or peruse the People to Follow suggestions. Tap Show More People to see more options. Or, scroll down to Find Conversations About and browse popular topics. Tap on a topic to access more people, topics, and clubs to follow.

Clubhouse app with magnifying glass, search bar, "People to Follow," and "Find conversations about" highlighted

The Clubhouse Home Page

Clubhouse doesn't have a typical home page. Instead, it has a main screen that acts as a summary of what's going on in your network, featuring live and upcoming Clubhouse rooms on display.

At the top is a chronological overview of upcoming Clubhouse rooms available to join. As you scroll down, you'll find a collection of live Clubhouse rooms inspired by people or interests you follow. In addition to the Clubhouse room's name and topic, the summary box shows how many people are in the room and how many active speakers there are.

Clubhouse app home page screens as you scroll down

How to Start a Room

While Clubhouse has rooms that span myriad interests, it's easy to start a room and create a discussion that interests you. To start a room:

  1. Select the green Start a room button on the bottom of the home screen.

  2. Select whether the new room should be Open, Social, or Closed. Open rooms are open to anyone who has the link. Social ones are available only to people you follow, and closed ones are available to people you allow to join.

    The Clubhouse social app showing the home screen where you can start a room and what type of room it should be.
  3. Add a Topic for the room. Topics, summaries of the space, are optional but can be critical when using an Open or Social room, and you want others to find the discussion quickly.

  4. Select Let's Go, and you're on the air. Depending on the room settings, others can join, and you can turn participants into moderators to help guide the conversations.

    The Clubhouse social app showing the adding for a topic.

How to Join a Room

Joining a Clubhouse room is as simple as tapping on a room you come across, either on the home screen or while searching through topics and interests. When you join a room, you're muted by default, but you can hear the other speakers.

If you wish to be a part of the conversation, request to speak by tapping the Raise your hand icon in the lower-right corner of the Clubhouse room user interface. It notifies the moderators you wish to join the conversation, giving them the option to unmute you or make you a moderator.

The Clubhouse social app showing what it looks like when you enter a new room and when you invite someone into a room.

You can also add friends to the room using the + icon, which displays a list of people who follow you and the option to share the room's link to external platforms.

To leave the room, tap the Leave quietly icon. It takes you to the main Clubhouse screen to join the following conversation, find the next topic, or leave the app.

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