Answers to your frequently asked questions about HQ — Live Trivia Game Show!
HQ Trivia has blown up in the past few months and it shows no signs of slowing down. With hundreds of thousands — sometimes over million — people using the popular live game show app, the potential payouts seem to be increasing!
With so many people playing the game, lots of questions have surfaced about how it all works, and I’m here to help. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about HQ Trivia!
What’s new with HQ: Trivia?
On January 26th, 2018, HQ Trivia release a major update to the app that focused on verification issues, technical glitches, and an upgraded extra life system.
Now you can choose when to use an extra life or not, meaning you can save them for Sundays when the prize money is a much larger sum!
What is HQ Trivia?
HQ Trivia is a live trivia game show that you can play on your phone or tablet by downloading the HQ Trivia app.
Once the game starts, the host of that game (they change hosts pretty often) will appear on your screen and start talking. Usually, they crack a few jokes, explain the rules very briefly, and then start asking you (and the hundreds of thousands of other people) questions.
The question along with the three potential answers will pop up on your screen, tap on the answer you want to choose, and if you get it right you move on to the next question. If you answer all 12 questions correctly you will win money.
What time does HQ Trivia go live?
Typically, HQ Trivia goes live twice a day on weekdays — 3 p.m. ET and 9 p.m. ET — and usually just once each day on the weekend — 9 p.m. ET. Make sure you know what time HQ goes live in your time zone, so you don’t miss out.
If you load the app at any time, it should tell you what time the next game is scheduled to go live. You’ll notice in the picture above, it tells me the next game is at 2 p.m. central time, so I know when I can launch the app and play!
Sometimes they will have surprise games at different times, so be sure to have app notifications turned on for HQ!
What countries can play HQ Trivia?
The HQ Trivia app is worldwide, so you should be able to play it no matter where you reside; however, it is geared towards an American audience. The prize money is always in USD and there are often quite a few questions that are American-centric.
There is a U.K. version of the app that just launched, which runs games every Monday and Wednesday at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. U.K. time. The U.K. version features questions more specific to the U.K. culture and history. As of right now, it has smaller payouts, but a much smaller audience as well.
What do I need to play HQ Trivia?
How do I get rid of the chat?
HQ Trivia has a chat room on the bottom of the screen that allows users to type messages to everyone in the room. Unfortunately, with so many people playing and typing, it’s nearly impossible to actually read the messages, and it’s mostly a distraction.
You can get rid of the chat by swiping right on it at any point during the game, so you can focus on the questions better.
How do I get money?
If you’re lucky enough to answer all 12 questions correctly, you will win your share of the prize money.
When you win, the money will be added to your HQ account, which can be connected to a PayPal account of your choice. You have to have at least $20 to be able to transfer the money from HQ into your PayPal, so you’ll most likely need to win a few times before you’ll have the moolah!
How do I get an extra life?
If you get a question wrong — or don’t answer in time — you’re automatically eliminated from the game; however, you can receive extra lives by inviting people to play. An extra life allows you to stay in the game even when you answer a question wrong.
When HQ isn’t live, hit the invite button to share the app with a text message, social media post, or email and invite your family and friends to download the app. They also will need your referral code, which is just your HQ username. My HQ username is iMoreLuke, if you catch my drift wink wink.
The first time a new player plays after using your referral code, you will be rewarded an extra life.
How do I use an extra life?
When you’re eliminated from the quiz and you have an extra life, you will be asked if you want to use it or not. If you choose to use it you will get back into the game, if you don’t, you’ll have to wait until next time.
You can only use one extra life per game, so choose when to use them wisely!
The app froze, what can I do?
Unfortunately, not a ton. With so many players in the game at once, and with how fast HQ Trivia has been growing, the app has its problems. The app has frozen on me many times in the middle of a game and caused me to lose.
Even if you close the app and try to launch it again, you will likely be kicked from the game. My best advice is to always play connected to the fastest and strongest Wi-Fi signal available to give you the best chance at a smooth experience.
Want to know more?
If you’re dying to know more about HQ Trivia, want a detailed guide on how to play, or want the best tips and tricks to win cash, check out our other coverage!
Any other questions?
Let me know in the comments below!
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