Among Us can be played online with complete strangers, or it can be played on a local network if all your friends are geographically in the same place. With a local game, you can keep outsiders from joining in, and you get excellent ping.
Hosting a local Among Us game is easy because the game itself has built-in support for it. More importantly, like the online version of the game, the local game also works across all platforms so you can host a game from your computer and have friends join in from their phones, tablets, and computers.
Local Among Us game
In order to host a local Among Us game, you, the host, must have Among Us installed on your system. Likewise, everyone who wants to join the local game must also have the game installed on their respective devices.
Host local Among Us game
You must host a local Among Us game first before other players on the network can join it.
- Launch Among Us.
- On the home screen, click Local.
- Select the game configuration i.e. number of players and the map for the game.
- Click Create.
- Customize the game if you want i.e. number of tasks, player speed, imposter speed, etc.
- You will enter the lobby for the game.
Join local Among Us game
In order to join a local Among Us game, you must be on the same network as the network the host computer is on. If you’re using a VPN on your system or device, you will have to turn it off.
- Run Among Us on your device.
- Tap Local on the game’s home screen.
- The local game will show in the list of local games.
- Select the game you want to join.
- You will enter the lobby.
Why host a local Among Us game?
Hosting a local Among Us game isn’t always a good idea since it will limit players that can join to only those on the same network.
If your friends are not on the same network, you should instead host an online game and ask them to join it instead. The downside is that other players will be able to join it as well. In that case, you should keep it private instead of public.
A local game should be hosted only when everyone can connect to the same LAN or VLAN. Users will get better ping, and outside players will never see the game listed.
As with other Among Us games, the local game will still limit a game to 10 players.