How to Watch Hulu With Friends

Set up a Watch Party on Hulu

What to Know

  • Open the Details page of a show or movie on Hulu, and look for the Watch Party icon (outline of three people). 
  • Click the Watch Party icon > Start the Party > Link icon, then share the link with your friends. 
  • To join a Watch Party, log into your Hulu account and open a Watch Party link provided by your friend.

This article explains how to use the Watch Party feature on Hulu so that you can watch movies and shows on Hulu with your friends.

Can You Watch Hulu Together With Friends?

Hulu has a Watch Party feature that lets you watch together with friends. Instead of both loading up Hulu and pressing start simultaneously, Watch Party automatically synchronizes playback for everyone in the party. Participants can communicate through text chat, but you need to use a third-party voice chat app like Discord if you want to talk to each other while you watch.

Watch Party doesn't work with the Hulu app, only with the Hulu website through a web browser.

Here’s how to start a Hulu Watch Party:

  1. Navigate to the Hulu website, locate a show or movie you want to watch, and click Details.

    Details highlighted on Hulu.
  2. Click the Watch Party icon (outline of three people in a circle).

    The watch party icon (three people in a circle) highlighted on Hulu.

    If there is no Watch Party icon on the details page of a movie or show, that content is not available for Watch Party.

  3. Click Start the Party.

    Start the Party highlighted on Hulu.
  4. Click the link icon to copy your Watch Party link, and send it to up to seven friends through email or the messaging app of your choice.

    The link icon highlighted on Hulu.
  5. When everyone is ready, click START PARTY.

    Start Party highlighted in Hulu Watch Party.

    You can see how many people are in your Watch Party by checking the number in the upper right corner.

  6. Your Watch Party will count down and then start playing.

    Hulu Watch Party counting down.

    To chat with your friends, click in the Type a message field, type your message, and press enter.

How Do You Join a Watch Party?

To join a friend’s Watch Party, ask them for a link. You can enter the link in any compatible web browser, log in to your Hulu account, and join the party.

Two people can join the same Watch Party from the same account if they use different profiles. To have more than two people join from one account, you need to subscribe to Hulu + Live TV and pay for the Unlimited Screens upgrade.

Here’s how to join a Hulu Watch Party:

  1. Paste your friend’s Watch Party link into any compatible web browser, and log into Hulu if prompted.

  2. Click Join the Party.

    JOIN THE PARTY highlighted in Hulu Watch Party.
  3. Wait for your friend to start the Watch Party.

    Waiting for a Hulu Watch Party to start.

Is Hulu Watch Party Free?

Watch Party is included for free with your Hulu subscription. There is no extra charge for hosting or joining a Watch Party, and you can host or join as many times as you like. The only limitations on Watch Party are that you need an account, only eight people can participate at one time, and some content isn’t available on Watch Party.

Do My Friends Need To Have Hulu for Watch Party?

You can’t host or join a Watch Party without a Hulu subscription, so your friends all need to be signed into Hulu accounts to join. The exception is that two people can join a Watch Party using the same account as long as they sign into different profiles. That means you could have four people join a Watch Party using two accounts, or eight people join using four.

How Do I Use Teleparty on Hulu?

Teleparty is a third-party browser extension that lets you watch movies and shows with your friends on Hulu, Netflix, Disney+, and HBO Max. It works like Watch Party, but it requires a browser extension. Everyone still needs a subscription to the streaming service you’re watching, but it does let you watch shows and movies that aren’t available for Watch Party.

Here’s how to use Teleparty on Hulu:

  1. Navigate to teleparty.com, and click Install Teleparty.

    Install Teleparty highlighted on the Teleparty website.
  2. Click Get.

    Get highlighted on the Teleparty browser extension page.

    The Teleparty extension isn’t available for all browsers. If it isn’t available for the one you're using, you’ll see a message to that effect.

  3. Navigate to a show or movie on Hulu, and click the Play button.

    The play button highlighted on a Hulu movie page.
  4. Click the TP icon in your browser, and select Start the party.

    Start the Party highlighted in the Teleparty browser extension.
  5. If this is your first time using Teleparty, click Accept & Proceed.

    Accept and Proceed highlighted in the Teleparty browser extension.
  6. Click the link icon in the upper right corner of the window, and send the link to your friends through email or a messaging app.

    The link icon (upper right corner) highlighted in Teleparty with a Hulu movie open.

    Everyone needs to have a Hulu subscription and have the Teleparty browser extension.

  7. When your friends join, Teleparty will synchronize their video with yours so that you can watch together.

FAQ
  • How do I watch live TV on Hulu?

    You'll need to purchase Hulu's live TV subscription package, called Hulu + Live TV. Using this service, you can watch live television on your desktop computer or laptop, smartphone, tablet, or television if you have a compatible device. Go to Hulu.com to try a free trial of Hulu + Live TV.

  • How do I watch Hulu offline?

    You'll need a Hulu or Hulu + Live TV subscription with no ads to be able to download Hulu content to watch offline. To find downloadable content if you have an eligible subscription, go to Hulu's search feature and search for downloadable. Then, select the downloadable content you want. For a movie, select the download icon. For a TV show, select the Episodes tab and then select the download icon.

  • How do I watch Hulu without ads?

    You'll need Hulu's ad-free plan to watch Hulu without ads. Visit the website for Hulu No Ads to start a free trial and view available plan add-ons. There are also plans for Hulu (No Ads) + Live TV if you want to watch live television with your Hulu package.

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