GroupWatch is the Disney Plus version of theand , which gained popularity during coronavirus quarantines. Unlike those offerings, GroupWatch works natively on any device, without the need for an extension or app. However, it currently lacks a chat feature – instead, viewers can send emoji responses to the group screen from within the Disney Plus app. But you can still text or video chat with your friends while watching together. And there may be a chat option in the future, said Jerrell B. Jimerson, senior vice president of product management for Disney Plus.
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“In this day and age when it is difficult to interact with friends, no matter your age, it’s a great way to connect with friends and family,” Jimerson told CNET.
GroupWatch is now available on the web and all other platforms.
Set up Disney Plus GroupWatch
Here’s how to use Disney Plus GroupWatch to watch all the Disney, Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar and National Geographic content you want along with your friends and family, wherever you live. (One note: if the user has a Kids profile, they cannot start or join GroupWatch from that profile.)
- Open the Disney Plus app or website and tap or click the title you want to view.
- To the far right of the Play icon you will see an icon with three personal figures. Tap or click on it.
- A link will appear that allows you to invite up to six other people to watch with you. You can send the link via text, email, or any other option that your device allows. (However, anyone you send the link to must have a which costs $ 7 a month.)
- Once everyone has been added, any participant can tap Start Stream.
- Once the stream has started, any participant can press pause, fast forward or rewind. Everyone can also respond in real time through the Disney Plus app with six different emojis: fun, funny, sad, angry, scared and surprised. The emoji and name of the person who sent them will appear at the bottom of everyone’s screen.
GroupWatch launched in Canada and New Zealand in September. It launched in the UK in October.
If you’re looking for GroupWatch inspiration, check out, and our list of the and on the streaming service.