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Clubhouse is an audio-only app that does not record conversations, here is how to use it

The app is currently available for iPhone users and lets users join a room or a conversation only after they get an invite through a link. Clubhouse was founded in April 2020 band has already seen 2.4 million downloads on Apple's App Store globally.

twitter-logoYasmin Ahmed | February 4, 2021 | Updated 16:45 IST
(Picture: Screenshot from AppStore)

Highlights

  • Clubhouse is an audio-only, invite-only platform that lets users listen to conversations like a podcast.
  • Users in a room or a meeting can also raise their hands or unmute themselves, but there is no text or video.
  • Clubhouse is currently only available on iOS and can be accessed through joinclubhouse.com. However, users need an invitation to join a room.

2020 was the year of virtual interactions with stay-at-home culture becoming a norm. Video calling apps like Zoom, Google Meet, Google Duo, thrived in the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic and kept bringing improvements month after month. One such app, which is slowly but surely catching up is the exclusive audio-only app, Clubhouse. Clubhouse is currently only available on iOS. The app was co-founded by Rohan Seth and Paul Davison, and reports speculate that Clubhouse might arrive on Android soon.

Any iPhone user can download the app, which is where they can become a part of the conversation. However, one must be invited to join the conversation of the app. "Anyone can get one by joining the waitlist, or by asking an existing user for one," Clubhouse notes in its app description. The only website the company has is joinclubhouse.com, not to be confused with clubhouse.io which is a project manager. Clubhouse's website will redirect users to the Apple App Store. Users can also operate Clubhouse on an iPad but PCMag reports that it is not optimized for iPadOS and that users will see the app in a small window, or will have to look at it in a "weird, zoomed-in 2x size."

To join the Clubhouse app, you will have to give your phone number and name. The username of a user can be changed before they get an invite. You will get a link through SMS, which will be your invitation after which you have to simply sign in with your number.

Clubhouse was founded in April 2020 by Alpha Exploration and has already seen 2.4 million downloads on Apple's App Store globally. According to Sensor Tower data cited by AdWeek, as of January 26, nearly 1.3 million of those downloads took place in January this year. In India, it recorded over 8,000 downloads last month and has witnessed a total of 12,000 downloads, as per Sensor Tower. On January 21, its investors said Clubhouse was valued at $1 billion.

What makes Clubhouse popular is that users don't have to join through a video, and they can run the conversations in the background of their phone like a podcast while carrying on with their tasks, plus none of the conversations from the app are recorded. It's like the background noise you asked for. There are no text-based comments or likes. Users can also enter or exit a room at any time. Like Zoom and Google Meet, they can raise their hand and un-mute themselves.

Clubhouse shot to recent fame after Tesla CEO Elon Musk on February 1 tweeted, "On Clubhouse tonight at 10 pm LA time," and shared a link for a virtual interaction on the platform. Indian startup leaders have also vouched for the app.

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