How to Watch Disney Plus with Friends - GroupWatch
|Photo: Disney Plus|
Keep reading on to know more about how to use Group Watch feature and watch movies with friends.
Disney+ rolled out a new feature in the U.S. on Tuesday that lets you watch movies and TV shows with your friends no matter where you are. You can launch it and stream the same movie as someone across the country, for example.
It’s a convenient feature to add right now, since most of us are stuck at home and can’t watch movies and TV shows with friends like we normally would. And it might help Disney attract new subscribers, since people will be able to watch together.
Up to seven people can watch at once, and each user has the ability to pause, play, rewind or fast forward for the whole group, keeping everyone in sync. It works on the Disney+ website, on the Android and iPhone apps, smart TVs and connected devices.
How to launch a Disney Plus GroupWatch from a browser or mobile app
1. Log into your Disney+ account on a computer or open the Disney+ app.
2. Select the movie or TV show that you want to watch. GroupWatch should be available for every title on the service.
3. Click or tap the GroupWatch icon. It looks like three people in a circle.
|You can find this option to the right of the "Play" and "Trailer" buttons. Abbey White/Business Insider|
4. Choose the "Start Stream" option.
|The host can change the episode selection before streaming starts or during the stream. Abbey White/Business Insider|
5. When you're ready to pick a new episode or add more people, exit out of the GroupWatch by clicking the back arrow.
|Run your cursor over the streaming window or pause the stream to see the back arrow. Abbey White/Business Insider|
6. Select "Leave GroupWatch" to exit out of the group altogether. The stream will keep going until everyone clicks this button.
|This will exit you out of the stream across devices. Abbey White/Business Insider|
How to invite people to a Disney Plus GroupWatch
1. Log into the DisneyPlus website or app with your username and password.
2. Select the film, show, or short you want to watch. You can select a show from Disney Plus' homepage, or search for one.
3. On the title's detail page, click the GroupWatch icon.
|The GroupWatch icon is a series of white silhouettes grouped together. Jennifer Still/Business Insider|
4. Click the "+" button on the GroupWatch page to get a link to the session.
5. Copy the link.
Now that you have the link to your GroupWatch, you'll have to share it with the people that you want to invite. Just remember that anyone you share it with needs to have a Disney Plus account — up to seven people (including yourself) can join a single GroupWatch, and up to four people can join from a single Disney Plus account that's logged in on different devices.
There are a few different ways to share a GroupWatch link, but all them boil down to one basic concept: Just send people a message with the link pasted into it.
How to share your GroupWatch invitation link
Email. You can also share the link via email. If you're using the mobile app, you can select your email app from the list of sharing options presented to you. If you're using a computer, you'll need to log into your email website and send an email from there with the link.
Text message. If you're using your smartphone, you can easily paste the link into a text message and send it that way. No matter whether you an iPhone or Android, the sharing options should include your default texting app, as well as other group chat apps like Signal or WhatsApp.
Social media. On a computer, sending the invitation link through your social media account like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram is as simple as going to the site, logging into your account, and pasting the invitation URL into a private or direct message. On your phone, select which app you want to share the link with from the sharing options menu.
Once invitations have been sent, your guests will need to accept the invite by clicking on the link and logging into their Disney Plus account. Once they've joined, you can start the stream. Everyone will be synced up with everyone else.
|Note: you only need to start the group on a phone or through the website. You can move over to a smart TV or a streaming device afterward. Just open the Disney+ app on your TV and then tap the group icon again. |
Once you start watching, anyone can pause the movie or TV show to take a break, or fast forward and rewind. Instead of a chat feature, users can react to the content with six different emoji’s through the Disney+ app. All you do is swipe left across the screen and choose an emoji, then everyone will see it on the device they’re watching on.
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