This guide will explain how to setup a kahoot to be played by others, as well as how to play a kahoot.
Kahoot! is intended to provide a unique learning experience that teaches through play. Whether you’re a teacher, trainer, or event host, your curation of this experience is crucial in making it truly awesome. Kahoots cannot be played without a leader hosting it.
Step 1: Setup
If you’re trying to play a kahoot alone, you can use two devices (one to lead and one to play), following the instructions below. Or you can try Preview Mode.
If you’re leading a kahoot for others to play, your device should be connected to something that all of your learners can see, such as:
- A projector screen or large TV for playing locally
- A service like Youtube Live or Skype to stream your screen online
If you’ve never led a kahoot from this device/network before, you may want to test your internet connection to ensure gameplay is stable.
You’ll also need to have found or created a kahoot. If you’ve done so, start by clicking the kahoot’s “play” button.
You should now be at a loading screen. While the content of the kahoot loads, take a minute to review game options. Changing these options impact all kahoots you host in the future. So if you turn on “randomize questions” now, this option will still be toggled on the next time you host any kahoot.
When ready, select a game mode (classic or team) to launch the kahoot.
Step 2: Play
You should now see a lobby screen, where instructions to go to kahoot.it and enter a game PIN are displayed. Leave this page open and have your learners follow the instructions on their own devices. As they join, you’ll see their nicknames appear on your screen. Click ‘Start’ once everyone’s joined.
Now that the kahoot has started, a question will appear on your screen with answer options. Learners review the content on your screen and choose a box on their screen that corresponds with one of the answers. You can wait until everyone answers or the timer gets to 0, or you can click ‘Skip’ to move on (answers submitted beforehand will still count).
Use the ‘Next’ button to move through results screens and get to the next question.
Once all questions have been answered, you’ll be able to collect feedback on the kahoot from your learners and download results. If this was a public kahoot you want to use again later, you can also ‘favorite’ the kahoot so you can find it easily from your “My Kahoots” > “My Favorites” page. You can also play it again immediately, or even play it in Ghost Mode.
How do I make a Kahoot! account?
Kahoot! accounts are free. So if you’d like to get started, go to https://www.kahoot.com/ and click “sign up for free!” in the top nav bar. We will ask you for some basic info that will take less than a minute to provide.
Here are the steps in the registration process:
Step 1: How do you want to use Kahoot!?
This helps us understand who’s using our platform and how. We’re striving to build unique experiences tailored for each group. For the moment, “student” is the only role that may get a different experience, which you can read about here.
Step 2: How do you want to sign in?
You can tie your Kahoot! account to your Google account (gmail, googlemail, or private email domains hosted by Google), or sign up with any other valid email of yours.
If you choose “Sign up with Google”, you will later be able to sign in to Kahoot! with the same credentials you use for your Google account.
If you choose “Sign up with email”, know that your email will be needed for password resets, should you ever run into trouble signing in. Please DO NOT enter a fake email or an email that’s for internal use only. If you can’t receive a message from firstname.lastname@example.org, you won’t be able to regain access.
Also, each account created for our services must be tied to a unique email. However, here’s a workaround if you would like to create multiple accounts with one email!
Note to Educators and HR/Trainers: If you choose to use an email provided by your school, university, company, or another employer, and later move on, you can have challenges with password resets. Personal emails are safest if you plan to create non-proprietary content that you use anywhere you choose. We cannot verify you as the rightful account owner if you no longer have access to the email on file.
Step 3: Your account details
Depending on what you specify on steps 1 and 2, you’ll be asked for some additional details.
Date of Birth
School, University, Company, or Organization
At this moment, the info you provide in this field does not affect the functionality you experience on the platform. In the future, we hope to provide tailored experiences depending on the type of your organization. Stay tuned!.
This will be your Kahoot! alias. You can create & share games with others on our platform. Your username is how people can find any of your content. So make sure you pick something easy to remember and presentable! Keep in mind that usernames must be 6-20 characters, numbers, letters, underscores only.
Your password (along with username) will be what you sign in with. Passwords must be between 6 and 20 characters long. Make sure it’s a strong one, and remember – passwords should NEVER be shared with anyone, including us!
Have you played Kahoot! before?
Based on your answer, you may see some additional guidance offered after you’ve signed in.
Step 4: Join Kahoot!
Once you click “Join Kahoot!”, we recommend you get familiar with how to use the Find Kahoots or Featured page to duplicate or get inspiration for making your own content!
When I click “Join Kahoot!”, I see an error “a problem occurred, please try again later”.
Try a password reset. After submitting your email, you’ll be told to either “check your inbox” (meaning your email is already on file) or that your “email is invalid” (your email is not on file).
- If on file, then complete the password reset to sign in to the existing account.
- If not on file, try using your browser’s “private browsing” mode to sign up. Sometimes extensions cause issues with sign up and sign in features. “Private browsing” disables most extensions. You may also want to try signing up on a different computer and/or internet connection, as some security software may cause issues as well. If nothing helps, please be sure to contact us for help.
I “Signed up with email” with my Google email. Can I use the Google sign in feature?
Not at the moment. We’re looking to allow this in the future. But right now, you would need to delete your account and start fresh using “sign up with Google”. If you have content you don’t want to lose, please just use the regular email sign in feature until we create a way to switch your account.
If you need help, we’re here for you!
- You can reach us by signing into your account and clicking “Support” in the top nav bar.
- If you can’t sign in, go to our FAQ and use the “Ask us a question” link just under the search bar.
- You can also tweet us @KahootSupport
- If you’re a teacher, we have a Facebook Community you can ask to join and discuss questions/problems/ideas with other users along with our team.
What to expect
- If you are 16 or under, please have a teacher/parent/legal guardian contact us on your behalf. If we suspect we’re communicating with someone under 17, we may not provide a response.
- We may require you to share some account info & other details to understand the problem you’re experiencing. One thing we’ll NEVER ask for is you password. Please do not share passwords with us.
- Except for times of unusually high volume, we strive to respond within 1 business day. Weekends and holidays may delay a response.