How to Use Meetup

Last updated: November 7, 2016 - 11:09am EST

Now that you know what Meetup is, and have signed up for Meetup, you’re probably wondering how to start using it. In this tutorial, we’ll explain all of the functions of Meetup and teach you how to become a pro. With our step-by-step guides with images, you won’t miss a single opportunity to connect with those in your area who are doing all the fun things you want to do too!

To join a Meetup group

To join a new Meetup group, sign in to your Meetup account. When you find a group you would like to join from browsing on the website, click on its name to access it. In the top-right of the screen, tap the red Join us! button. Wait for email or notification confirmation that you have been accepted into the group.

Join a Meetup group by clicking the red button on any group page

Using Meetup

Searching for Meetup groups

On the Meetup homepage, you can access Meetup groups in your area by clicking the Groups button at the top-right of the page.

Click the groups tab to see Meetup groups available to join

If you are looking for something specific, use any of the functions below to find what you are looking for.

Search by group name

Click the search bar and type the name of the group you are looking for, and then hit “Enter” on your keyboard.

Search by group name

Suggestions will populate that you can choose from, as many Meetup groups have common words within their names.

Search by keyword

You can also search by a keyword by clicking the search bar and typing your selected term. All groups with this word in their name, or who have selected this as one of the interests of their group will appear in your results.

Search by keyword

Search by category or interests

To search by category, click the magnifying glass at the end of the search bar instead of clicking into it and typing. A drop-down menu will appear with a list of categories and interests for you to choose from. Click any one, and results will appear for groups who fit within those categories.

Search by category or by the interests of the group

Sort your results

When any of these search results appear, you may want to sort them to make it easier to navigate through them. Beside “Sort by” which appears at the top-right of all suggestions, click the underlined word which indicates how your results are currently being sorted. A drop-down menu will appear allowing you to choose to sort by Recommended, Most active, Newest, Most members, and Closest. Click any one to choose this option for sorting your results.

Sort your search results

To RSVP to a meetup

Once you have joined a group, you are able to RSVP to events. Make sure to always do this rather than just showing up, and some groups have a limited number of spaces per event, and the event organizer needs to know how many people will be attending to make sure they have enough room, supplies, etc. Your fees may also be dependent on how many events you actually attend, which can only be kept track of by RSVPing on the website.

Click on any one of your groups, and browse through their upcoming events. Under the date on the right side of each event description, you can click RSVP.

Click the blue RSVP links to respond to an event

This will take you to another page, where at the top right, you can select Yes if you will be attending, and No if you won’t be. This will add you to the list of attendees (or not), and help the organizer plan the meetup.

Click Yes or No to respond to an event in your groups

The meetup will also then be added to your calendar, which you can learn about below.

Using the calendar

On the Meetup home page, click the Calendar button at the top-right to use the calendar function.

Click the calendar tab to search for events by date

This will show you all upcoming meetings from various groups, which you can filter by selecting All meetups (the scheduled meetups in your area), My meetups (the scheduled meetups of the groups you belong to), My meetups & suggestions (the scheduled meetups of the groups you belong to and the meetups of groups you may like based on the interests you have indicated on your profile), or I’m going (Meetups you’ve RSVP'd to). Click on any one to see these schedules.

Sort through the available events, both for your groups and for other events

You can also click a date on the small image of a calendar to change the schedule to a date you are interested in, even months in the future!

Click on the calendar to see dates in the future to learn what is going on around you

To sync the meetups you have RSVP'd to with your personal Google, Outlook, iCall, or RSS feed calendar, click Export to… under the image of a calendar and select the calendar you would like to sync with. Follow the further instructions based on which calendar you have chosen.

Sync your personal calendar with Meetup events

Access and send Meetup messages

To send a Meetup message, click on any Meetup group page and click Contact under the profile picture of the organizers. You can also click on any user by clicking their Name in the list of members of any group, and then clicking Message.

Click on the name of a users and click Message to send them a message

This will create a pop-up window that will allow you to instantly message any user on the Meetup website. The recipient will already be filled out, so just type your message and then click the red Send button.

Type your message and click send

If you already have contacts through the website, you can send messages directly from your own collection of messages, which you can access by clicking the message icon in the top-right of any screen.

Access your messages by clicking the message icon in the top-right of the screen

From there, click on any existing conversation to further it, or click the speech bubble + icon to write a new message. To do this, you will need to have already communicated with someone from the website, as the search function on this page only applies to your existing contacts, not all users of the Meetup site. This prevents spam and many unwanted messages.

The speech bubble icon allows you to send messages to any of your current Meetup contacts

Paying fees using Meetup

To access your membership fees, and keep track of what you have paid, click the profile picture icon in the top-right corner, then click Settings from the pop-up menu.

Click your profile picture and then Settings to access the settings

To keep track of your payment methods, or alter credit cards you have added, click Payment Methods on the left menu.

Click Payment Methods to see what you have paid and keep track of your payments

To keep track of how much you owe in membership dues, click Member dues. To see how much you’ve paid for specific events you’ve attended, click Meetup events. And to keep track of donations you’ve made, click Contributions.

Sort through your various payments to keep track of what you have paid

Notifications

To access your notifications on Meetup, click the bell icon in the top-right of the screen. A drop-down menu will appear with all of your recent notifications, and you can click on any box to view the group it came from in more detail.

The bell icon allows you to access your notifications

To change your notification preferences, click the profile picture icon and then click Settings. This only applies to email notifications however, so turn these off by click Email Updates on the left menu, and then clicking Turn off if you no longer wish to receive emails from Meetup.

Access your settings to change your notification preferences

Change or add to your Meetup profile

To change your Meetup profile, tap the profile picture icon in the top-right of the screen, and then tap Profile on the pop-up menu. Here, you can click to Add a bio to let others know a bit about you, and you can also create tap Edit under the heading “Interests” to select from Meetup’s categories of interests, allowing them to notify you if a group exists in your area that meets your interests.

Add a bio to let others know about you, to make organizers more likely to accept you into their groups

You can also add a profile picture here by tapping Change your photo. In the future, you can click the same link to change your photo.

Add a profile picture to make Meetup users more familiar with who you are

Adding all this information about yourself and a profile picture will make group organizers more likely to accept you into groups, and make other users more comfortable joining groups that you are a part of.

Change your settings

To change your Meetup settings, tap the profile picture icon in the top-right of the screen, and then tap Settings on the pop-up menu. From here, you can click to change categories along the left side by clicking a category link that is highlighted in blue when you hover your cursor over it.

Click the category options on the left of the settings menu to access various settings

To change any information, click the blue edit button beside the text you want to change. You can click any drop-down menu to choose from various options. You can also click any check box to enable or disable it; if the check mark is showing, it is enabled, and if the box is empty, it has been disabled.

Click edit or drop-down menus to change your settings. Click check boxes to enable or disable settings.

The Meetup app

Meetup has recently developed a new app for you use, available for download on the Play Store (for Google devices) or the App Store (for Apple devices). To download the Meetup app:

  1. Open the application store for your Google (Play Store) or Apple (App Store) device by tapping on it.

    Open your app store
     
  2. Tap the search bar and type to search “Meetup,” then tap the first box that appears (the red “m” logo).

    Search for Meetup and tap the first box that appears
     
  3. Tap Install (Android) or Get and then Install (Apple).

    Tap Install to download the Meetup app
     
  4. Wait for Meetup to download and then tap Open.

    Tap Open to begin using Meetup

Now you can take Meetup with you on the go!

To create a Meetup group

1. Click the “Create a Meetup” button.

To create your own Meetup group, click Create a Meetup in the top-left corner of any Meetup page (it never disappears, no matter where you navigate to on the website!)

Click Create a Meetup to start your own Meetup group

2. Verify or choose a location for your Meetup.

Verify the location for your Meetup, or click Change location and search for a city and then click on the one you would like to choose. Then click the red Next button.

Choose a location and then click Next

3. Indicate the interests of your Meetup, and what and/or who it will relate to.

Choose from various categories to indicate to others what your group will be about. You can click in the search bar and type to search for a specific term. You can also click Show more to make more options available to you. The most popularly-selected options appear first. Select as many as you like (as long as they are relevant) and then click Next.

Click on categories and interests to indicate what your group will be related to

4. Name your Meetup and explain what its purpose will be.

Click in the first highlighted box and type the name of your group. Meetup will suggest something for you based on the categories and interests you previously indicated. In the free-form box below, describe the types of people that would enjoy your group, and what your Meetup will do during its meetings. Click Next when finished (this time, the button will only be clickable when you have written at least 50 characters to describe your group).

Name your group, and fill in the free-form box to explain what the purpose of your group will be

5. Confirm your details and agree to the Meetup terms to create your Meetup group.

During this final step, click Agree & Continue to create your group. Before confirming, you can scroll up through any of the previous steps to verify the information you have entered.

Click Agree & Continue to confirm the details of your group

From there, you will need to follow instructions specific to your group, and what it will do once you begin meeting. Choose a subscription plan that meets your needs on the next page, and enter your credit card information. When you’re finished, click Complete Payment.

Choose a payment plan for your group and click Complete Payment to form your group

Remember that joining an existing group is always better for you if you can find one, as it will not cost you anything to run it, and it will already have a pre-established group of people willing to attend. However, if there isn’t a group out there for you, chances are, someone else is wishing it existed too! So take a chance and start a Meetup!

 

And that’s how you use Meetup. If you’re interested, you can check out our other Meetup articles for some suggestions on great ways to start using Meetup. Consider reading our article on how much Meetup may cost you to learn about potential fees before you start using it.

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