New Groover FAQ
New Groover FAQ

New Groover FAQ

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Hey, fancy seeing you here! Welcome 🤗

🛋 General curiosities

Rumor has it that Groove is a digital coworking “space”. What are all the different parts of this space?

Our on-demand 50-minute coworking sessions are at the heart of how we hang out every day, but, this space is so much more!

Hop into Groove to … ⤵️

  • Privately cowork with friends anytime, from anywhere
  • Join a Groove Space to meet new pals with similar interests
  • Form a regular coworking crew
  • Post a goal that friends can see for next-level accountability
  • High-five a fellow Groover to celebrate a win
  • Attend monthly Goal Planning Parties
  • Schedule Grooves in advance to form a habit…& more!

Imagine if you got to design your dream coworking space and all the awesome humans you know and love (close friends, former teammates, the people you met on a retreat, etc) could show up and support you (and you support them!).

Groove is your dream workspace that you can hop into from the comfort of your own home to see in real-time how your friends are doing, what they’re up to, and have some structured fun together.

How do I download Groove?

You can join by applying on our site or having a current Groover send you their invite link.

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Is Groove only on my phone?

For now, Groove is only available on iPhones, Androids, & iPads. It’s like a third place in the palm of your hand that you can transport to when you need some good vibes, high fives, and focus time. One of the best parts about it being on your phone is how casual it is. It’s quite common for Groovers to flip their phone camera around to share the view outside their window.

Where can I find Groove on social media?

You wanna follow us? 😏 We’re honored! Find us here.

How much does Groove cost?

Groove is free for now. One day, we’ll have a paid option. For now, we’re excited to welcome folks in for free who love the concept and really embody what it means to be a Groover, whose work doesn’t fit into a neat little box.

🕺 Our coworking sessions—aka how we hang out every day!

How does a Groove coworking session work? What’s the structure?

Our 50-minute coworking sessions are how we hang out every day inside the Groove app. One tap and 1-3 other Groovers will join you for an on-demand session.

First, everyone says hello on video and shares what they’d like to get done. Then, it’s time to go off video and focus for 50 minutes. As you make progress, fellow Groovers will cheer you on in a written chat—and you can send high fives and good vibes back 🎉 When the time is up, you’ll come back on video to share how it went and celebrate 💃

Consistently showing up to move things forward adds up to big changes over time! 🎉 Whether you're Groovin' with friends you've known for years or new pals, it's easy to bump into each other on the regular, hear how they're doing, and also get stuff done.

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Is there a facilitator? How will I know what to do?

Nope, just you and 1-3 other Groovers. The Groove app itself makes it easy for the experience to run smoothly each time. In the pre-Groove chat, the app will prompt one person to share their goal first. Then, that person “passes the mic” to the next person. So, even though there’s no facilitator, the Groove app will empower you to know what to do next.

How long do people chit-chat?

A few minutes! When you are sharing your goals at the beginning, the outline around each person will change colors to show you’ve been talking for at least one minute and it’s time to move on to the next person.

If you have to get to work quickly in order to make a call at the top of the hour, for example, communicate that! If you’d like to ask someone a question about something in their Groove bio and get to know them better in the post-Groove chat, ask them if they have an extra couple of minutes. Respecting each other’s time is extremely important to us.

What are some examples of tasks people do inside the coworking sessions?

What you do in the Groove is up to you! You can tackle a long-procrastinated project like redoing your website or creating a new strategy to better promote your business…or you can jump in, coffee in hand, first thing in the morning to plan your daily to-dos or clear your inbox. If you’d like to use the time to tidy up your space or take an intentional break away 🚶🏻‍♀️from your computer, that’s cool too!

We all do different things inside these sessions—the thing that bonds us is why we’re here. We’re a whole bunch of ambitious doers from all over the world, who have decided to create lives and career paths that feel so us 🌍

Are these coworking sessions actually on-demand?

110%. Early birds, night owls, and those feelin' the afternoon slump are all welcome to tap the big green button inside the app and hop in whenever. It fits right into your day—no matter what structure you've designed for yourself.

💡 Pro tip: If you tap on your profile picture in Groove and then settings, you can customize your Grooving hours. We highly recommend doing this, so that you only get notifications from Groove during hours you like Grooving.

Rumor has it there are 3 different types of coworking sessions, what’s the difference?
  • To start a regular, on-demand Groove, right here, right now. Click the big green button on the home screen. Other Groovers will join you shortly. This is the most common type!
  • To start a private Groove with a specific person or people, visit your chats. Select the chat with the people you wanna Groove with (or make a new chat). Then, click +Groove in the top right corner and your friends will be invited to join you. No one outside of that chat will see you’re in this Groove, after all, it’s private.
  • To RSVP for a scheduled Groove aka book a time to Groove later in the week, scroll down to Coming Up and click “I’ll be there”. To create your own scheduled Groove, click the calendar icon on the home screen. You unlock the ability to schedule a Groove once you’ve Grooved 2x.
How can I schedule a Groove in advance?

Once you’ve completed at least 2 Grooves, click the calendar icon in the top right corner to create a Groove for a date/time in the future. Set a theme/title for the Groove to unite around a similar intention with other Groovers. For example, you might create a "To-Do Setting 📝 " Groove for next Monday morning to kick off the week and figure out what needs to get done. Or, a "Zen Time 🧘🏽‍♂️ Meditation" for Friday afternoon. Everyone else who RSVPs for that Groove can join you in doing the same.

Can anyone join my Scheduled Groove? 

If you’re just starting out, the default is that everyone on the app can join. As you keep on Grooving, you’ll unlock more options to make who its available to more specific.

What happens if no one RSVPs for the Groove I scheduled? 

You'll be prompted to start an on-demand Groove instead, which will ping others to see if they're around to join you.

I RSVPed for a Groove, but I’m going to be two minutes late. Is that ok?

If you RSVPed, you can still get in, but the others may 'start work' without you.

Will I get a reminder about my scheduled Groove? 

Yes, 10 minutes before inside the Groove app and you can also connect your Google Calendar to get reminders that way.

Does “coworking” mean we’re bouncing ideas off of each other or working on the same thing?

Inside Groove, you’re not working on the same project as other people; Groove is like the digital version of sitting next to an awesome human at a coffee shop who also has their laptop out and asking them, “Hey, what are you working on?” and talking for a couple of minutes before you put on your headphones for focus time…and then checking in with each other again in 50 minutes. While Groove’s focus sessions aren’t specifically designed for you to brainstorm or bounce ideas off of each other about your projects, you’re totally welcome to if you meet someone who’s interested in that.

We’ve also heard dozens of great stories of Groovers taking this to the next level and hiring other Groovers to support them on projects. This isn’t the focus of Groove (and we’re definitely not a place to be transactional about finding new work), but this is a cool result of meaningful relationships being built here.

🤝 The social side of things

Who’s a part of Groove?

If your work doesn’t fit into a neat little box, you're one of us 😉 We're freelancers, writers, coaches, creatives, artists, businesses owners, marketers, podcast hosts, non-profit leaders, & more. We show up as our full selves around here and appreciate each others’ wacky, wavy career paths. We’re a bunch of proud weirdos with niche interests. It’s not uncommon to see on a Groovers’ bio that they’re obsessed with baking sourdough, love to rollerskate, moved to the mountains so they can hike every afternoon, or doodle daily.

How can I share Groove with a friend?

If you’re already a Groover, invite them with your “share link,” which you can find on the main screen of the Groove app.

When you use your share link, your friend will bypass the application process and you’ll automatically be notified when they join and connected to them inside the app.

Here are some fun tips for sharing ◡̈

Why do you have an application process to get into Groove?

We believe in creating a community built on trust. Having an application process helps us intentionally bring in folks who really want to be a part of Groove and share our values. Current Groovers all have handy, dandy share links that they can use to invite friends directly into Groove, so their friends don’t need to apply.

What are Groove orbits? How can I add someone to my orbit?

Groove orbits are a way to help you bump into familiar faces on Groove. If you’re new to Groove and see you have an orbit request, it’s probably from someone you already know or read your bio and thought you were cool—folks are required to send a message with their orbit request, so you should have an idea why they’re reaching out. As you jump into more and more coworking sessions, you’ll eventually unlock the ability to start Grooves just for your orbit (instead of for everybody). This way, you can start a Groove and only see familiar faces if you’d like.

Once you Groove with someone they will be automatically added to your orbit. You can click on your profile to manage settings and remove someone from your orbit if you’d like. They won’t see that you did this. If you want to add someone you know to your orbit manually you can search for their profile and request to add them.

How many people should be in my orbit? 

The number doesn’t matter! The list of folks in your orbit and the number of people in it are private—no one else can see them. Orbits are simply your familiar faces on Groove, people you want to keep bumping into around here. It’s a way to keep the people you’ve met visible to you and easy to select once you’ve unlocked the ability to create “orbit-only” Grooves.

If I share Groove with a friend will they be added directly into my orbit? 

YES! Click the handy share icon in the right corner of the Groove app, and then the green ‘send invite link’ button to share Groove with someone you want to come directly into your orbit. This will help them meet the folks you’ve met on Groove more easily, so definitely a major plus if they come directly through you.

Any wise words from folks who have been Grooving for a while?
  • “Be present. There’s something really magical about being in a Groove with 3 other people from around the world, ready to focus and keep each other accountable.” –Taylor 🧘‍♂️ Put away distractions and get ready to make progress.
  • “Just go for it! Everyone is super welcoming, and you don't have to be an extrovert to thrive in the Groove community.” –Kerri 🗣 In fact, we’ve found that on average, the Groove community is right in the middle of the introvert/extrovert spectrum. The format can be really energizing for all.
  • “Break down your tasks into bite-sized accomplishable to-do items.” –Jason ✅ With time, you’ll learn what’s possible in 50 minutes. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get to everything. Celebrate the little wins.
  • “When you need a little extra boost, go to your fellow Groovers” –Sarah 🕺 They’re like your work from home cheerleaders.
Where can I find the Groove community agreements?

Every Groover agrees to these when they create their Groove account. They’re great to revisit to know how to best help contribute to this special culture.

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If you have an additional question not listed here or in our tech support FAQ, shoot us a note at hello@groove.ooo and we’ll get you sorted 📧