How to Add Friends on TeamSpeak
TeamSpeak is all about keeping your LOL band and esports communication in one place. And the messaging platform makes it easy for you to add friends and chat with them.
The important thing is that TeamSpeak has recently undergone a major overhaul. The new way to add friends is even more streamlined, but we’ll include the old method as well for those who failed to update.
Adding Friends – The New Way
With the latest update, you have all your contacts in the menu on the left. The pane on the right is for the chat thread. That makes communication and adding friends much more convenient and resembles other messaging apps you might be using.
Click on the person icon in the menu on the left and select the plus icon to reveal the search bar. Then type the name of your friend to locate the contact.
Once you find the contact, hit Enter. On a side note, results are in alphabetical order to make browsing more convenient.
To start chatting, click on the contact, and it immediately jumps to the top of the menu on the left. Here you can see all the active chats at any given time, and you also see the activity status of each user.
Things to Know
Clicking on X next to the user name removes the conversation from the list of active chats. Of course, all your chat history gets saved. It’s there when you click the user name again.
For the sake of convenience, conversation options (including the Send button) are at the bottom right of the main window. And you get a bunch of pop-ups to select different emoticons, animations, and whatnot.
Creating a Group Chat
Talking to one of your TeamSpeak friends is cool, but the full power of the app comes from group chats. Again, the explanations are for the new TeamSpeak, and the method follows the same logic as previously described.
Click on the team icon in the menu on the left and select the plus icon. That takes you to the group creation window. Come up with a creative group name and add your friends from the list.
TeamSpeak allows for bulk selection, and you only need to check the box next to the friend’s name. Once done, click create to confirm, and you’re good to go.
It’s worth noting that TeamSpeak has done an excellent job of keeping all the group chat info within reach. First, the main chat window on the right displays the notifications about the chat creation and informs you who’s joined.
Clicking on the chat information icon (small “I” within a box) in the top right corner of the window reveals the info about the group. The green lights show the percentage of active members. You can see the group’s owner, moderator, admin, and more.
Adding Friends – The Old Way
To connect to your friends on the old TeamSpeak, you need to hook up to a particular server first. The server nickname or IP address will vary depending on the games you like playing.
When in TeamSpeak, click Ctrl + S, and the Connect window should immediately pop up.
Type the server nickname or address, and your nickname. Click OK and wait for the app to connect. At the start, you’ll be in the unverified lobby, and you’ll get verified in 72 hours. Should you want to make it happen faster, get in touch with one of the server admins.
The old TeamSpeak uses an antiquated IRC client for communication. To get in touch with people, you need to find them on the channel and send them a private message. To do this, you need to double-click on a person.
Then, some channels on a particular server will be password-locked, and others will be open. There is a blue circle in front of the free channels.
It’s worth pointing out that you can’t add friends on the old TeamSpeak the same way you would on some other messaging apps. Also, finding the person you’d want to talk to can be tricky because some channel trees appear endless.
But there are some tricks to combat this. Go to a channel tree and click anywhere in it. Mind you; it needs to be in the channel tree because the method doesn’t work in the chat. Then, hit Ctrl + F to reveal the search tree, type the username of the person you’re looking for, and TeamSpeak will highlight it for you.
That works the other way around as well. Let’s say you chatted with a user and want to locate the person on channel three. Right-click on the username and select “Find in Channel tree.”
Let the Games Begin
Finding and adding friends on TeamSpeak is easy, and the new version of the platform makes the entire experience even more enjoyable. However, you’ll need to wait a while until the revamped TeamSpeak becomes available for all.
Have you tried any other messaging platforms fit for gamers? Is there any feature you’d like to see on the new TeamSpeak? Tell us more in the comments section below.