How to Create a Watch Party in Facebook Groups

How to Use Watch Party in Facebook Groups on iPhone, iPad, Android, and Computer

Facebook has officially rolled out “Watch Party” that’s designed to let FB groups join in and watch videos together in real time. Once onboard, your invited friends can also add a comment and send reactions as the video plays. Creating “Watch Party” in Facebook groups is dead simple, and you get the complete freedom to choose the sort of videos you wish to enjoy.

The social networking giant has confirmed that it’s testing the ability to start “Watch Parties” with friends outside of groups. So, we expect them to arrive sometime very soon.

“We are now starting to test the ability for people to kickstart Watch Parties with friends outside of groups, too, and we’ll explore Watch Parties for Pages in the future. We believe that if people can start a Watch Party directly from their profile or from a video they’re watching, the experience of watching video on Facebook can become even more fun and social.” – Facebook

Note: Before jumping into, ensure that your device is running the latest version of Facebook.

How to Create Watch Party in Facebook Groups on iPhone, Android, and Computer

Step #1. Launch Facebook on your mobile device or computer.

Launch Facebook App on iPhone

Now, on your iOS device: tap on the menu button at the bottom right corner and tap on Groups.

Tap on Menu and then tap on Groups in Facebook App

On your Android device, tap on the menu button at the top right and tap on Groups.

On the web, click Groups on the left menu.

Step #2. Now, you should see the list of groups you have already joined. Select any group.

Select any group in Facebook Group Section

Step #3. Next, you need to tap on the text field and select Watch Party.

Tap on text field and Select Watch Party in Facebook App

Note: Now, steps are pretty much the same on iOS, Android and web so you won’t have any problem in going ahead with the process.

Step #4. Next up, tap on Add Video.

Tap on Add Videos to Watch Party in Facebook Groups

Now, search for a cool video or click a particular category like Watched, Group, Live, Saved, or Suggested to watch additional videos.

Search cool video for Watch Party in Facebook Groups

Step #5. Tap on Add to Queue to add the video to your watch party.

Tap on Add to Queue to add video to watch party in Facebook Group

You can select more videos and add them to your watching list.

Step #6. Up next, tap on Done.

Tap on Done in Facebook Groups

Then, you have the option to add a description for your watch party. Next, tap on Post.

Add description for your Facebook watch party then tap on Post

Step #7. Now, a message will appear “Your Watch Party Is About To Begin”.

A message will appear Your Watch Party Is About To Begin in Facebook App

You can choose to add friends to your watch party. To do so, enter their name and click Invite next to their profile picture.

Add friends to your watch party in Facebook Group

Now, the person you have invited will receive a notification saying they have been invited to join your watch party.

When anyone joins, you can see their profile picture at the bottom left of your screen.

Even after the watch party has started, you can add video, invite more friends and even chat with friends. Besides, you have the option to add emojis, GIFs, photos or videos to your comments.

Note: If a watch party is going on in your group, it will show as a post when you visit that group.

Step #8. Once you watched the videos, tap on the video. Then, tap on “X” and select End Watch Party.

Tap on X and Select End Watch Party in Facebook Group

Note: If you don’t want to watch the videos, you can choose to leave.

However, the party will continue to play the remaining videos. As a host, you have the desired control over the party.

Now, a recap of the party will be saved in your group as a post. It includes all the videos you had selected.

That’s pretty much it!

Your take?

I have found this feature pretty well-timed. There is one nifty little feature that I would like to add to it is “scheduling in advance.” What’s your take on it?

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