Audio-only app “the clubhouse” is taking social media by storm.
Are you wondering, “What is clubhouse” or “How does clubhouse work”?
Are you looking for straightforward directions on how to use this exciting new trend?
For you to get started with the clubhouse, we put together this ultimate guide.
Who or what is Clubhouse?
The clubhouse is an area where members, friends, or colleagues with similar interests can converse and enjoy meaningful audio-only conversations.
If there isn’t one already, you can also create one! The clubhouse has clubs and chats rooms for just about every interest and profession.
The clubhouse can only be downloaded to iOS devices running iOS 13.0 or later (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch).
The iPad must have the capability of receiving SMS to accept invitations.
You must sign up on the device where your invitation was sent, and the device where your invite was sent.
After you receive your OTP code, make sure you go through Clubhouse’s onboarding process as soon as possible.
Verification codes are valid for a few minutes only after they have been received.
It has been mentioned that the app will be made available to Android users very soon; they recently announced that Android access will be available in May 2021.
Interested in joining but can’t find an invite?
You may be prompted to reserve your name on the platform if you download the Clubhouse app without an invite.
There may be a backdoor screen if you already have many contacts on Clubhouse (in your phone). Go ahead and reserve your name.
Even if they do not have invites, you can sometimes get in through your friends who have the app.
How can I get Clubhouse?
Visit https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id1503133294 to obtain the Clubhouse app.
You can add your name to the waitlist once you download the app to your device, or you can receive an invitation from a current user.
Those who are new to the Clubhouse can attend the New Members Orientation on Wednesday at 9 pm EST and the Sunday luncheon at noon EST.
Please review the Clubhouse Rules and Guidelines.
The clubhouse can only be joined by invitation at the moment.
You receive invites once you have joined.
More invitations will appear under your profile as you join the community, respond to comments, and host rooms.
However, there are no set rules on how to get more invites.
Whenever you are unable to find any good invitations, use your contact network to add your name to the waitlist (see above) and hope that someone will open your door.
Unless the person you are inviting wishes to be on the platform and has a compatible device, you cannot get back the invitation once you have sent it.
The clubhouse will text instructions on how to sign up to individuals you invite by giving them their cell phone number.
Adding their number to the invite form will invite them if you do not already have them in your contacts.
At the bottom of your profile, you will see the name of the person who invited you, along with the date you joined.
Basic Clubhouse Information
Members access their clubhouse via the home screen (also known as the hallway) by clicking on Clubs and Rooms.
Upon logging in, the first screen you see is the Hallway.
There you can see available rooms, see appointments, view your notifications (the bell), and access the schedule and calendar.
The envelope shows you any invites you have to give out (the envelope), and the gear icon shows the information you can add about your interests (the gear icon is attached to the gear icon to set your notification schedule).
Links to your Instagram and Twitter accounts need to be included in your profile settings.
You can access help and FAQ in the Clubhouse and read community guidelines by clicking the paper icon on the top of the page.
Find people, keywords, or clubs with the search bar (emojis used in profiles can also be searched for).
Tap on your profile screen to customize your profile picture (be sure to tap the profile image in your bio).
A small up arrow icon can also be found on your profile screen.
Sharing your profile link outside of Clubhouse can be done by tapping this.
Your friends will be able to find you by doing so.
Use the notes app on your phone to type out your bio.
The Clubhouse app lets you use break lines, emojis, and any format you like to create a bio, which you can then copy and paste to your online profile.
There is a green button called ‘Buddy List’ at the bottom of the home screen that you can click to create a room, and a dial pad is just to the right of that.
When you tap here, you will be able to see which of your followers are online as well as what clubs they belong to.
Rooms in a clubhouse
Conversations take place in rooms. Rooms are displayed on your screen in three sections:
On top of the screen, you will find the Moderators (depicted with a green star, they have the power to silence people, invite them to speak, move people into the audience, and shut the room down.
The top corner of your screen will display a dropdown menu containing moderator controls) and a stage (where people can speak).
A listening audience is located below the stage. It is split into two sections:
A section of audience members is followed by the speakers, and finally, the general audience listens at the bottom of the screen.
If you join the audience section as soon as you enter a room, you are muted.
A moderator may invite an audience member up on stage as a speaker depending on how a particular room is run.
The skin color can be changed by tapping and holding the raised hand icon.
The creator of the room can decide who is allowed to join it and it can either be open to anyone or private (the creator decides who has access to the room).
A person who sets up a room may designate a topic (for the room), while others are purely for casual conversation.
You can invite your followers to join you in a room by sending them a notification when you start it.
The group you join will be notified of their joining so that their followers can find the room as well.
In a crowded room, are you trying to locate someone specific?
The “…” button in the top right corner of the room screen allows you to search for other users in that room (both audience members and moderators can search for each other in that room).
After a Clubhouse room is closed, it is permanent and cannot be retrieved.
All speakers must agree to the recording and express their consent to the recording (most often with a red dot in the room title and a note saying the session is being recorded).
Events at the clubhouse
On your home screen, tap the calendar icon and then the plus icon if you want to schedule an event at a specific time.
Next, enter the name of the event, choose a date and time, add a co-host (make sure they are available and ok with it), and write a short description (if applicable). You’re all set to schedule and publish your room!
If you schedule an event outside of Clubhouse, then you can draw your audience from outside the site. As soon as you create an event in Clubhouse, you will receive an invite to Clubhouse that you can share with others. You will be able to skip the waitlist for attendees who aren’t yet on Clubhouse, so they can join the event!
Clubs on Clubhouse are what?
A club is a community based on a shared interest (like a Facebook group).
You can create a club without being a participant or host (it is best to have the experience of participating or hosting a few rooms prior to creating your very own club).
A club’s founder is responsible for deciding how members and audiences are organized.
Having a club name on the app will display a membership badge so members will be able to sign in to the club.
A club is divided into three levels:
- Founder (Administrator)
- (Members can create private areas within a club that are visible only to administrators and members.)
- Fans (can only see public rooms that fall under their clubs but cannot create their rooms).
Upon making your profile bio, you will notice that the club logo (badge) appears if you have created a club or are a member.
Members of a club’s founding committee (admins) have special abilities, which include:
- Photo change in the club
- To send out club invites, accessing club invitation links
- Nominating new members to the club and reviewing their eligibility
- Making changes to club rules
- The club structure is being changed (adding or removing followers and members)
- Allowing club members to start their beforeprivate rooms
- Rooms branded with the club’s name
- Checking out the club’s membership list
- The club’s founders can be added or removed
- A club description needs to be edited
The app now allows you to create clubs directly!
Then, go to the very bottom of your profile and create a club.
Be sure to use the latest version of the app. In the list of clubs, you’ll see all of the clubs you already belong to, and to the right, there is a plus (+) icon.
Set up your club by tapping the icon and entering the information.
The “how do I start a club” feature can also be accessed from the FAQ section by clicking there.
After the club’s approval, you can edit its description, icon, and rules, but it cannot be changed.
Your Club page will provide information about future events that you will host.
Audio on Clubhouse: How to achieve the best sound quality
The clubhouse is often used by people for sharing music, jamming, and reading books or poetry.
The app will prompt you to enter “music mode” when you plug in a mic or headphones.
A cord and/or adapter that plugs into your phone’s audio port or lightning port can let you run sound out of a computer, audio mixer, or from an instrument.
A lot of people use the iRig2 to enhance their apps with great sound. Find out here how to achieve a good quality sound in the You may clubhouse.
Over the last few weeks, the whole platform has been improved in terms of audio quality.
While speaking in a room, tap on the three dots “…” to switch to the best audio quality.
It will automatically switch off your audio on Clubhouse if you receive a phone call on your cell phone while on stage.
On your profile image, you will notice an icon that indicates you are taking a phone call.
If I am blind or hearing impaired, can I use the Clubhouse?
We are working on making the Clubhouse App more accessible. The following workarounds are available in the meantime:
Have you been diagnosed with hearing loss? Google Meets is an application that allows you to see the current exchange in a room.
Activate the closed captioning feature in your google meeting.
The phone will provide you with real-time transcriptions of what’s being said in the room if you place it next to the computer or laptop.
Our team is working on improving VoiceOver support to allow users to navigate the app using native iOS screen readers.
Here are nine tips for clubhouse etiquette
- Tap your profile icon and select “move to the audience” to bump yourself off of the stage if you run out of things to say or need to duck out while on stage. Alternatively, you can exit completely and go to another room, then reenter if and when you want.
- Your mic will be turned on when you enter the stage. Be sure to use your mic only when speaking and to muffle yourself right away. When others talk, the background noise is minimized.
- If you are on stage, use the mute/unmute function on your microphone to indicate you would like to participate in the conversation. By looking for this signal, the moderator can invite you to speak.
- Using your mute/unmute button rapidly, indicate clapping by switching it on and off.
- It is not possible to message someone directly in the Clubhouse app. If you want to communicate with other users, be sure to link your Twitter and/or Instagram accounts to your Clubhouse profile.
- “Pull to Refresh” is a device that allows users to refresh the page. Change your profile picture temporarily in the app to share images. For users to see the new image, they will need to refresh their screens.
- A lot of celebrities frequent the app, and most enjoy just being themselves and interacting with inspirational people. Be normal and don’t be a fangirl or a fanboy.
- You’ll find people from all over the world at Clubhouse. They have different cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints. Listen with kindness, inclusion, and positivity.
- Rooms that follow you back for following you back should be avoided. Clubhouse policies prohibit you from participating in these activities, so you could be banned for taking part. The more followers you have, the fewer the rooms you see and it will become cluttered and random. A maximum of 2500 people can be followed in the Clubhouse.
Features such as Send Money
An online money transfer feature was recently launched by Clubhouse.
The send money feature is currently available only to selected profiles on Clubhouse (you’ll be notified if you’re selected).
The Send Money bar on a speaker’s profile allows you to tip him or her, but does not require it to participate.
Simply tap the Send Money button in their profile (you have to enter your debit or credit card information the first time you send money).
Stripe is the company that runs this feature, so you should link and/or establish a Stripe account if you want to take advantage.
Stripe will charge the sender a small processing fee for each transaction, but 100% of the money goes to the recipient.
Photos on Clubhouse: Clubs and Rooms
Are you looking for community groups and rooms related to photography?
You are invited to join this community of photographers and artists interested in composite photography, photo editing, and photo manipulation.
A wide range of topics is discussed here, including business, marketing, photography, editing, software, websites, social media, guest speakers, and networking.
Other photography clubs and communities can be found on Clubhouse using the search bar, including:
- Pixel Club – Pratik’s Pixels
- The Family Photographers Association
- Photo Banter with Peter Hurley
- An All-American Hobbies
- Coach for photographers and businesses