While the Gather mobile experience is still a work in progress, we're excited that you can now use Gather on your smartphone or tablet! The following article provides basic information on how to use Gather on a smart device.
Notes: Your experience may vary slightly based on your device's operating system and browser. Right now, we do not support Chrome on iPhones.
When you visit a Gather Space on mobile, a warning displays that functionality on mobile is limited. Select I understand and wish to proceed. (If you'd prefer to visit the Space on your desktop, enter your email address and select Submit. You'll receive an email with a link to the Space.)
If you are not signed in, the character picker displays. Make any changes to customize your character. When you're finished, select Next Step. (You can always change your character once you're in the Space.)
Next, enter the name you'd like to display for you in the Space. Select Finish.
If you have not visited Gather on your phone before, you are prompted to grant permission to Gather to access your microphone and camera. Select Allow.
Check Your Hair screen, which shows a preview of your video. The dynamic green audio level indicator lets you test your mic. You can change the Video or Audio options by selecting the drop-downs.You can now see the
If you want to turn off your video or mute your mic prior to entering the Space, tap the mic or camera icons beneath the video preview. (You can also turn your mic and camera on and off from within the Space.)
When you're happy with your audio and video, select Join the Gathering. The Space loads, and if this is your first time, instructions display to show that you can hold and drag or double tap to move.
You can now move around the Space.
Tap the mic and camera icons at the bottom of the screen to turn your audio and video on or off. (Remember, you may need to grant permission for Gather to use your mic or camera.)
Interacting with Others
When you approach someone, their video preview will show at the top of the screen. Tap the camera icon beneath their video preview to turn your view of their video feed on or off.
You can also see someone's shared screen. Tap the preview to enlarge the shared screen (or enlarge the video preview). To reduce the size of a shared screen (or the size of a video preview), tap the arrows in the top right corner.
If someone sends you a chat message, you will see a notification on the Chat icon at the bottom of the screen.
Tap the chat icon to view messages. Use the Message field to send chat messages. Collapse the chat by tapping the "x" in the top right corner.
You can also view the list of people in the Space by selecting the Chat icon at the bottom of the screen, then selecting the Participants tab.
Select a person's name from Participants to open their info card. From the info card, you can send a message, locate the person on the Map, follow them in the Space, or block them so they cannot interact with you.
If you encounter an interactive object, a tooltip displays. Most tooltips read "Press "x" to interact, though some may have custom messages. An "x" icon displays at the bottom right of your screen when you're within the object's activation distance. Tap the "x" to view the interaction.
Warning: Currently you cannot play videos that are embedded in interactive objects.
Tap the Settings icon at the bottom left the screen (displays at the corner of your character or video preview) to view your settings.
You can manage the following settings:
- Edit: Change your character or your display name.
- Quiet mode: Limits your audio and video connections. (This feature is not available in remote work Spaces.)
- Back to Home: Takes you to https://gather.town/app.
- Change A/V input: Change your input for mic and camera.
- Report an issue: Send a bug report.
- Respawn: Return to the default Spawn location for the Space.
- Sign In/Sign Out: Log in or out of your Gather account.