A live kahoot is best hosted on a large screen and with a live audience (either in person or virtual). The game is played simultaneously by all players and requires the host. To assign a self-paced kahoot, click here.
To host a live game, you should have the following:
- A desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device - make sure a supported web browser or our mobile app is installed.
- A projector, large screen, or video conference software - display resolution should ideally be at least 1024x768. If text or elements on-screen overlap or are too small, try using your browser’s zoom in/out feature.
- A stable internet connection - be sure to test your venue’s internet stability at least a few days before any major event.
It's not possible to rejoin with the same nickname and accumulated points after leaving the game (e.g. closing the app or the tab; losing connectivity). Players who rejoin the game, need to provide a new nickname and collect points from the beginning.
Accessibility tip for blind or visually-impaired learners: As the host of a live game, you and your learners can use screen readers. Your device will read out the question and answer text (answers prefaced by “answer one..., answer two…”), while learner devices will audibly say “answer one, answer two, …”. Your players can also use our Read Aloud feature available in mobile apps.
Launching a live game
On the web
To host a live game in a web browser, log in at kahoot.com, locate a kahoot and click its “Start” button. Depending on if the kahoot is on your Kahoots page or the Discover page, this button may look a little different.
Want to launch a playlist of 2 or more kahoots? You can play several kahoots in a row from your Library page. Click the checkmark on the left side of each kahoot you want in your sequence. Click them in the order you want them to play. Then use the special “Play” button that appears at the top of the list.
After each game, you need to click the "Next" button in the top right corner of the podium screen and then select the "Play Next" option.
Want to play a kahoot individually with only one device? Click the “Practice” button next to the “Assign” option. It will allow you to play with virtual participants.
Want to test your kahoot? You can preview a kahoot, which simulates a secondary device on the right of your screen. Click the title of a kahoot to view its Details page. Then click the kahoot’s "options" button [ ⋮ ] to find the “Preview” option.
“Preview” games are single-player and do not save game data to your Reports page.
Before you choose the game mode, in the lobby when waiting for the players and in-between questions, you can go to a list of game options that can be accessed via the gear wheel icon on the bottom right side of the host's screen.
You can modify some of those settings during the game, in-between questions. Your settings will be saved for next time. You can read more about settings here.
Choosing a game mode
On your screen, you’ll see the available game modes. Choose the one that best matches the gameplay experience you want to provide your audience.
Use classic mode if you want every player to play individually.
Use team mode if you want players to form teams. You can read more about Team Mode here.
Starting a live game
After you choose a game mode, the PIN code and QR code will be displayed on your screen. This is when your players can start joining. Once you are sure everyone’s in, you can hit the “Start” button on the right side of the screen. Players can also join during the game, the PIN will be displayed on the bottom of your screen (unless you lock it with the padlock icon visible next to the “Start” button).
TIP: You can click on the PIN-code on the host's screen to copy a direct link to the Live Game. You can share it with your players. The link will connect them directly with the game and they won’t have to insert the PIN.