What Is Clubhouse? A Beginner's Guide to Navigate Through the Hottest App at the Moment

Learn to navigate the app and find great sessions

Walid AO
6 min readJan 31, 2021


I’ve been on the Clubhouse app for a week now and I’m hooked.

I’ve received an invite to join the app from a friend of mine, and I immediately downloaded the app. Yes, the app is currently invite-only, and each new users get two initial invites. And guess what? People are selling the invites online because the demand to join the app is high.

The app is growing in popularity, and you might end up getting an invite pretty soon. Since I’ve been enjoying the app for the past seven days, I decided to write a short introduction for newbies and new members.

At the moment, the app is only available for iOS devices. If you are an Android user, you have to wait a little longer to join the fun.

What is Clubhouse?

It is basically an app for live podcasts — that's it. It started in April 2020, and it allows users to hop in and out of ongoing conversations and live sessions.

There are currently two ways to join the app:

  • You will receive an invitation from a friend who is already on the app.
  • You can download the app and register a username. One of your friends already on the app will be eventually notified that you registered a nickname. They will receive a prompt to let you in.

Once in the app, you will have two initial invites — use them wisely. Once you send out the invite, this invite cannot be retracted. Make sure you are inviting people with iOS devices at the moment.

Clubhouse screenshot from the App Store

Be careful who you invite though. Your name will be visible on the bios of the people you’ve invited to the app forever. And there are reports that if someone broke Clubhouse’s community guidelines, they and the person who invited them would be banned from the app.

How to get started?