How to use Twitter spaces

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you have 600 or more Twitter followers, you have access to Twitter Spaces, which allows you to host or join real-time audio conversations for a few or millions of people.

On Twitter Spaces, anyone can join the conversation, listen, or openly share their views on anything (as long as they have access). If you want to know how to use Twitter Spaces, we've written a full introduction here.


We'll cover how to start and fill a Space, how to join Spaces, and what happens to audio after a Spaces session ends.


How to Create a Space on Twitter Spaces

If you have more than 600 Twitter followers, you can host a Twitter Space from your mobile device. Here's how to do it with an iPhone or Android device.

iPhone

To start a Space through your iPhone:

  1. Open Twitter.
  2. On the Home tab, long press the blue plus sign and feather compose button.
  3. In the menu to the left, click on the “Spaces” icon with a purple background (a diamond shape of several circles).
  4. Select who can speak "Everyone" who joins, "People you follow" or "Only people you invite to speak." »
  5. Click on the “Start your space” button.

Once the Space starts, you can turn your mic on/off, invite people, change speaking roles, react, and share the Space with your followers.

Android

To start a Twitter Space from your Android device:


  1. Open Twitter.
  2. On the Home tab, tap the blue plus sign compose button.
  3. In the menu, click on the "Spaces" icon (a diamond shape of several circles).
  4. You will have the option to name your space and choose from the list of topics.
  5. Click on the “Start your space” button.

Now that the Space has started, you can turn your microphone on/off, change speaking roles, invite people, react and share the Space with your subscribers.


How to find spaces to join on Twitter Spaces

Spaces are public, which means you can join any space as a listener, including those hosted by people you don't follow.

iPhone

To find and join a Space from your iPhone:

  1. Open Twitter.
  2. At the top of the screen, browse your fleets/timeline. If someone you follow has created a space or is a speaker, their profile picture will appear there surrounded by a purple circle.
  3. Tap on it to reveal space details.
  4. Towards the bottom of the pop-up details, click "Join this space".

You can also opt in by clicking the Purple Spaces option in a Tweet. You cannot join a Space once it has ended.

Android

To join a space as a listener from your Android device:

  1. Open Twitter.
  2. If someone you follow has created a space or is a speaker, their profile picture will appear surrounded by a purple circle at the top of your screen.
  3. Tap on it to reveal space details.
  4. Towards the bottom of the pop-up details, click "Join this space".

You can also join a Space by selecting the Purple Spaces option in a Tweet. You can only join a Space when it is live.


How to Invite Listeners to a Twitter Space

You can directly invite listeners to your space by DMing them or tweeting them the Space link, or by sharing it by other means such as email or SMS, for example.


iPhone

To invite people to your space from your iPhone:


  1. From your active space, click the share icon in the lower left corner.
  2. Select the option:
    • “Invite by DM”
    • "Share via Tweet", or
    • "Copy link" to share in another way, such as by email or text message.

Android

To invite people to your space from your Android device:

  1. Click on the share icon at the bottom left from your live space.
  2. Choose the option: "Invite via DM" or "Copy link" to share in another way, such as by email or SMS.
  3. You can also tap the add tweet icon to share via tweet

Additional FAQs

What are paid spaces?

The goal of the Paid Spaces feature is to allow creators to earn a share of the profits generated from the Paid Spaces events they host. Paid spaces can be used to hold workshops, conferences or to meet and greet loyal fans and sell tickets.


What happens to a Twitter Space when it ends?

Once a Twitter Space ends, it is no longer publicly accessible on Twitter.

To investigate any possible violations of Twitter's rules, Twitter retains copies of the space's audio and captions for 30 days after the space ends. If a violation has been found, the audio is retained for an additional 90 days. Meanwhile, Space hosts and attendees can appeal if they believe a mistake has been made. The audio content and data is also used for analysis and research purposes to advance the service.

The host has the option of downloading audio from their spaces while they are still on the servers, using the "Your Twitter Data" download tool.

The Shared Space link also includes information about the Space such as the description and identity of the Space's hosts and other participants and its current status.

Talk and tweet

Twitter Spaces is Twitter's answer to the Clubhouse audio chat platform. It's the perfect place for live audio conversations. Now you can talk as much as you want on Twitter.

Once you've reached over 600 Twitter followers, you can create a space and invite whoever you want. They can join a Space by clicking on your invitation link or by visiting a Live Space of interest. Listeners and speakers can hear and openly debate any topic in real time.

Have you ever hosted a Twitter Space – if so, what was it like? Have you been in on any juicy conversations lately? Tell us about your experiences on Twitter Space in the comments section below.

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