GroupWatch on Disney Plus: How to host a virtual watch party with your friends

Disney Plus is rolling out a GroupWatch characteristic, so you possibly can watch reveals concurrently your pals, wherever you’re.

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Earlier in October, Disney Plus rolled out GroupWatch, a characteristic permitting subscribers to look at all reveals and films on the streaming service concurrently with family and friends from afar, throughout the US. As much as seven folks can sync their screens to look at collectively throughout net, cellular, linked TVs and good TVs, and share emoji reactions in actual time — simply in time for the season 2 premiere of The Mandalorian subsequent week.

GroupWatch is Disney Plus‘ model of Netflix Party and Amazon Prime Video Watch Party, which gained recognition throughout coronavirus quarantines. Not like these choices, GroupWatch works natively throughout any gadget, with no extension or app essential. Nonetheless, it at the moment lacks a chat characteristic — as an alternative, viewers can ship emoji reactions to the group display from the Disney Plus app. However you possibly can nonetheless textual content or video chat with your pals as you watch alongside collectively. And a chat possibility could arrive sooner or later, stated Jerrell B. Jimerson, senior vp of product administration for Disney Plus. 

Learn extra: Disney Plus: Everything to know about Disney’s streaming app

“On this time when it is laborious to hang around with pals regardless of what your age is, it is an effective way to attach and reconnect with family and friends,” Jimerson informed PJDM. 

GroupWatch is now accessible on the internet and all different platforms.


Anybody in your group can play, pause, quick ahead or rewind as you watch collectively.

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Learn how to arrange Disney Plus GroupWatch

This is tips on how to use Disney Plus GroupWatch to look at all of the Disney, Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar and Nationwide Geographic you need concurrently your family and friends, wherever you reside. (One be aware: If the person has a Kids Profile, they won’t be able to start out or be part of a GroupWatch from that profile.)

  1. Open the Disney Plus app or web site and faucet or click on on the title you wish to watch.
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    React to what you are watching with an emoji within the Disney Plus app.

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  3. To the far proper of the Play icon, you will see an icon with three folks figures. Faucet or click on it.
  4. A hyperlink will pop up, permitting you to ask as much as six different folks to look at with you. You possibly can ship the hyperlink by means of textual content, electronic mail or every other possibility your gadget permits. (Nonetheless, everybody you ship the hyperlink to will need to have a Disney Plus subscription ($6.99 a month), to look at alongside, and the free trial shouldn’t be included).
  5. As soon as everyone seems to be added, any participant can faucet Begin Stream. 
  6. As soon as the stream has began, any participant can hit pause, quick ahead or rewind. Everybody can even react in actual time by means of the Disney Plus app with six totally different emojis: like, humorous, unhappy, indignant, scared and shocked. The emojis and the identify of the one who despatched them will pop up on the underside of everybody’s screens. 

GroupWatch launched earlier in September in Canada and New Zealand. It is anticipated to reach in Europe later this fall. 

For those who’re in search of some GroupWatch inspiration, try every show, movie and original now on Disney Plus, and our checklist of the 11 best TV shows and 30 best movies on the streaming service. 

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Alison DeNisco Rayome