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How To Chat With Friends

Besides connecting you to great games, Origin also keeps you connected with your friends. Whether you want to sync up to coordinate during an intense game, or simply get in touch to catch up on the latest news, you can do so by initiating a chat session. Best of all, you have multiple options when it comes to communication, including chat rooms, voice chat sessions, and one-on-one conversations.

Here's a quick walkthrough to help you get chatting with your friends:

To initiate a one-on-one chat conversation

  1. Open Origin and log into your Origin Account
  2. Pull up your Friends List in one of two ways:
    • Click the Friends tab in the client’s drop-down menu, then select Show Friends List.
    • Click the Show Friends List icon that appears next to your account name in the upper right-hand corner of the client.
    • Initiate a voice chat or standard chat.
      • For voice chat: Right click on any online friend in your Friends List, then choose Start One-on-One Voice Chat.
      • For standard chat: Right click on any online friend in your Friends List, then choose Send Message to begin an instant message conversation.

    To create chat rooms in Origin

    1. Open Origin and log into your Origin Account
    2. Pull up your Friends List in one of two ways:
      • Click the Friends tab in the client’s drop-down menu, then select Show Friends List.
      • Click the Show Friends List icon that appears next to your account name in the upper right-hand corner of the client.
    3. Select the Chat Rooms tab in the Friends window and click Create a Chat Room.
      1. Enter a name for your chat room in the appropriate field, then click Create. A prompt will now appear, allowing you to select which friends to invite to your chat room. You can chat with up to 64 people.
        1. You can invite more friends to your chat room by using the Invite Friends to Chat Room button next to your chat room's name. Alternatively, you can click the drop-down arrow next to it (which is visible when hovering over the chat room name with your mouse) and select Invite Friends to Chat Room.
        2. To enable voice chat in a chat room, click the Start Voice Chat icon in the upper right-hand corner of the client. This icon looks like a green telephone.
          • Other players cannot join chat rooms without an invitation from a chat room participant.
          • You can avoid unwanted attention or unfamiliar players that get invited to your chat by right-clicking their username and selecting Mute or Block.