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Create or join a party

Parties let you communicate with other players via voice and text chat even when you aren't currently in a game. You can connect a microphone to your device, Stadia Controller, or computer to communicate with each other, and send a game link to party members to play games together or share gameplay streams on the web.

Parties are currently available on your TV and on stadia.com. You can also invite other players to play games that have online multiplayer modes, even if they aren't in your party.

Note: If you're using a supervised account, you can't set up public parties or join them without being invited.

Find and join a public party (stadia.com only)

  1. Sign into your account on stadia.com.
  2. On your Stadia Controller, press the Stadia button Stadia button.
    • On a computer keyboard, press Shift + Tab.
  3. Select Parties.
  4. Search for and select a party and then select Join party.

Join a private party

Before you can join a private party, a party member must send you an invite or share a link with you. To respond to an invite, press the Stadia button Stadia button on your Stadia Controller (or Shift + Tab on your computer keyboard).

Start a public party (stadia.com only)

After you create a public party on stadia.com, other players can find and join the party without an invite. When you've found enough additional players, the party will automatically become private.

  1. Sign into your account on stadia.com.
  2. On your Stadia Controller, press the Stadia button Stadia button.
    • On a computer keyboard, press Shift + Tab.
  3. Select Parties and then Start a party and then Public party.
  4. Search for or select a game you want to play, write a party description, then select the number of additional players you want in your party.
  5. Select Start party.

Start a private party

Players will need to accept an invitation from a party member or use a link to join a private party.

On a TV

  1. Sign into your Stadia account on your TV.
  2. On your Stadia Controller, press the Stadia button Stadia button.
  3. Select Start a party.
  4. Select one or more players to invite.
  5. At the top, select Invite.

On stadia.com

  1. Sign into your account at stadia.com.
  2. On your Stadia Controller, press the Stadia button Stadia button.
    • On a computer keyboard, press Shift + Tab.
  3. Select Parties and then Start a party and then Private party.
  4. Next to a player's name, click Invite Invite.
    • You can also search for players you want to invite.

Send a game link to your party

If you're the party leader, you can send a game link to your party members so they can join you in a game:

  1. On your Stadia Controller, press the Stadia button Stadia button.
    • On your computer keyboard, press Shift + Tab.
  2. Select Play with party.

Any member of the party can access the game link on the party menu to join the game later. To send the link again, select Resend game link.

Invite players to your party with a link

  1. On your Stadia Controller, press the Stadia button Stadia button.
    • On a computer keyboard, press Shift + Tab.
  2. Select View party and then Copy invite link.

After the words "Link copied" appear, paste the link where your friends can find it.

Change party settings

Change audio options, mute or remove players, send text messages to the party, set a new party leader, and more:

  1. On your Stadia Controller, press the Stadia button Stadia button.
    • On a computer keyboard, press Shift + Tab.
  2. Select View party.

Here are some settings you can change:

  • To invite more players to your party, select Invite.
  • To mute or unmute a player, select the icon next to their name.
  • To remove a player from the party, select a player's name and then Remove from party.
  • To set a new party leader, select a player's name and then select Set as party leader (or Set as leader).
  • To adjust party audio, select Options Settings icon.

Some settings can only be changed on stadia.com:

  • To switch your party between public and private, select Change party to public or Change party to private.
  • To change details like your party description, select Options Settings icon and then Edit party details.

Manage party invites

If you miss a party invite notification, you can find it in the Stadia menu:

  1. On your Stadia Controller, press the Stadia button Stadia button.
  2. Select the party invitation.
    • If you have more than one invitation, select Notifications first.
  3. Choose Dismiss or Join.

Note: Party invitations will remain in your menu until you choose Dismiss or Join. If you're already in a party when you get an invitation, select Switch party to leave your current party and join the new one. You can only be in one party at a time.

Change who can send you party invites

To change who can send you invites, adjust your privacy settings.

Report a party

To report a public party's description for violating the Stadia code of conduct:

  1. On your Stadia Controller, press the Stadia button Stadia button.
    • On a computer keyboard, press Shift + Tab.
  2. Select Parties and then Select the party you want to report.
  3. Select More More and then Report party description.

To report a party you've joined, select View party in the social menu, then perform step 3 above.

Party stream

You can invite up to nine members of your party to view a stream of your gameplay on stadia.com. Only members of your party can access the stream, and they can't interact with your game while they watch.

Note: You can stream gameplay on Stadia to party members or view another party member's stream, but you need to open a new browser tab to do both at the same time.

Start a party stream

  1. Sign into your account on stadia.com.
  2. On your Stadia Controller, press the Stadia button Stadia button.
    • On a computer keyboard, press Shift + Tab.
  3. Create or join a party and then launch a game.
  4. In the Stadia menu, go to the "Your party" screen.
  5. Next to your Stadia Name, select the monitor icon Share.

After you start a party stream, members of your party can join from the party menu.

Join a party stream

  1. Sign into your account on stadia.com.
  2. On your Stadia Controller, press the Stadia button Stadia button.
    • On a computer keyboard, press Shift + Tab.
  3. Create or join a party.
  4. Wait for a party member to start a party stream.
  5. Next to the party member's Stadia Name, select the eye icon Watch.

Stop or exit a party stream

  • If you're viewing a party stream and want to exit, click the green eye icon Watch.
  • If you're sharing a party stream, click the green monitor icon Share. The stream will stop for all spectators in your party.
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