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HQ Trivia for Android: Everything you need to know

We love trivia games. Whether they be on the television or at the table-top, quiz and trivia games have been a long-time favorite for a lot of people. HQ Trivia is the evolution of everything from those old black and white shows from yesteryear through to today's newest tech, all mashed together into one heck of a fun app.

HQ can be a lot of fun, and with a chance to win real money — a lot of it — everyone is playing! Each game averages around one million players, with prime time and weekend games regularly surpassing two million players. Prizes range from $5,000 to $300,000 and are split between the players who make it through all 12 questions. Do you have what it takes to win HQ?

June 27, 2018 — HQ Trivia alters weekday schedule for the summer

Rough news for all the HQ Trivia office teams out there. Say goodbye to the afternoon game at 3 pm ET, as it's being bumped up to 8 pm ET for a double-shot of trivia each evening at 8 and 9 pm ET.

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This is a double-whammy for any hardcore trivia gamers out there who enjoy playing Cash Show, which also hosts a show at 8 pm that features 8 questions instead of the usual 12 — meaning you have a better chance of actually winning (along with everyone else playing). HQ Sports has also become a semi-regular occurrence, meaning on some days you'll get three chances to play HQ. Don't miss those notifications!

June 1, 2018 — HQ Trivia is giving away big money throughout the NBA Finals!

HQ Trivia has announced an insane sponsorship with the mobile game Toon Blast that will deliver some crazy big prize pools throughout the NBA Finals. Game one saw $100,000 up for grabs (with 4000 winners getting $25 each) and HQ plans to increase the prize pool by $100k per game throughout the Finals — with a potential Game Seven trivia game with $700,000 up for grabs! nths:

HQ also popped a surprise game during halftime of a new "HQ Sports" trivia game. It seemed to be a test that was made available to some players but could be a sign of big things to come as HQ continues to expand its trivia empire. The next big game is this Sunday at 9PM ET — don't miss out!at 8 pm

Download: HQ Trivia (Free)

Interested in participating in the HQ phenomenon? Here's everything you need to get started having fun and winning some cash.

What is HQ Trivia?

Think of HQ Trivia as a live game-show app. It's very much like Jeopardy! except you don't have to fly to a TV studio to get in on the action and play.

Twice on weekdays at 3 pm and 9 pm Eastern, a host hands out multiple choice questions on a wide range of topics and you answer as best you can. Get all 12 correct and you win a share of the pot. Get a question wrong, and you're out for the session and will need to wait until the next round to try again.

You watch and play right from your phone, as it happens in real time, against hundreds of thousands of other players. Prizes range from a few dollars to a whopping $20,000 we saw given away in that Super Bowl game and it goes straight into your PayPal account. It's a lot of fun and a chance to win real money — two things we all love. Prizes for Sunday night games now regularly top out around $25,000

How to download HQ Trivia

That's the easiest part! HQ Trivia for Android is officially out of beta so all you need to do is fire up the Google Play Store app!

Downloading and installing HQ Trivia is completely free.

Download HQ Trivia from Google Play (free)

How to sign up

You'll need a unique username and a phone number to get started with HQ Trivia.

You sign up right inside the app and it is the first thing you'll be asked to do when you open it. When a game isn't in session, opening the app tells you when the next one starts and lets you see your total winnings or look through the leaderboards.

Be sure to read the terms and conditions before you go any further, and after you're properly signed in you are asked f you'd like to receive push notifications letting you know when games are about to begin so you can get in on the action.

How to play

Right now HQ Trivia is free to play and free of any ads. Make sure you're signed in on your phone and every day at 9 pm and weekdays at 3 pm all you need to do is open the app to get started.

You'll be asked a question and given three possible answers. Questions cover just about every topic imaginable and just like the game shows you'll see on TV they can be hard or they can be easy, but get progressively more trivial as the game goes on. Answer correctly before the 10-second timer runs out and you move to the next question. Get it wrong or take too much time and you're out of the game, but can keep watching to see how many people win.

There's a live chat during each game if you want to be a little social, but you can also swipe it off the screen if it gets too distracting. Even if you get eliminated early you can keep watching — and finding out how many lucky dogs make it to the winner's circle is the fun part!

Extra lives

Like any good game worth its salt, HQ Trivia gives you extra lives.

If you have an extra life while you're playing a game, you get a chance to answer a question wrong or take too much time and not be ejected from the game. If that happens and you have an extra life on your account, you'll get the option of spending your extra life to stay in the game. You can only spend one extra life per game so make them count!

You earn extra lives by referring your friends to HQ Trivia. For example, if you used the referral code crackberry kevin I'd get a free life. Go ahead and try, I'll let you know if it worked.

How much can I win?

A lot! While HQ Trivia is free to download and play, you can win real money if you make it to the end of a game.

The cash prize for a basic weekday game starts at $5,000 and is split evenly between everyone who survived the 12-questions. On the rare occasion that everyone is eliminated, the prize rolls over to the next game. It keeps going until someone wins. Sunday games are typically in the $25,000 range or more and often go up to 15 questions and HQ has started regularly involving a special guest host for Wednesday games with the cash pool rising exponentially. Most recently, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson hosted a $300,000 game in part to promote his film Rampage, and HQ regularly drops hints about future surprises on Twitter.

HQ used to have you wait until you hit the $20 mark you can cash out via PayPal, but they've changed the rules so you can cash out your winnings no matter the prize amount. You won't need to enter a credit card or pay anything to play.

Update June 2018: Added the latest info on the big payouts being offered during the NBA Finals!

24 Comments
  • There's something odd about this game and I can't put my finger on what it is.
  • A. Scott Rogowsky B. Scott Rogowsky C. Scott Rogowsky
  • Yes. I think that might be it!
  • Scott's awesome! A little too much ADD energy, but he makes getting a wrong answer not as sucky as it should be.
  • I tried it. Felt like in an episode of Black Mirror
  • The male host is irritatingly annoying.
  • Could it be the part where 1.2 million people are vying to split a $2,000 prize? If all 1.2 million users won the $2,000 prize, they'd all get 0.0016 cents, which means we'd all get less than a penny in winnings. Huzzah!
  • My first game was Sunday, I got the first question correct and was immediately eliminated. I might give it one more chance, but that's an incredibly poor first experience.
  • In all seriousness, I dug through the terms and it doesn't look too horrible. Standard fare you'll find in most any app. Don't give them any more info than you need to, and if you start getting spam phone calls we'll all pull out the pitchforks and find Rogowsky to get some answers :)
  • No ads. What's the revenue?
  • They're relying on brand deals from special shows. They had a whole Ready Player One themed game when the movie was coming out.
  • For some reason, it always freezes on me and I end up being eliminated. Once, I pressed an answer and it just didn't register a d I got eliminated.
  • Nearly identical problem(s). I finally was able to install this on my 10-inch Kindle Fire HD (technically android/lollipop 5.1.1 OS) but.....i've NEVER been able to play a single game a full month after install. I always open app about 5 minutes prior to game time to be ready, then the second I hit "join now", it crashes/closes immediately. Every. Single. Time. I'd love to compete as am Rain Man when it comes to trivia but am fed up with the technical difficulties beyond my control. I wish they'd FIX THIS already. Doesn't work on PC-based bluestacks either (and don't have - and never will have - an anything-BUT-smart phone). Don't bother with the knock-off "The Q" live trivia either - also crashes constantly, or buffers endlessly or (fill in the blank). Would like to find one that WORKS. I think it's the height of irony this is a win-cash game that's offered primarily to those who can AFFORD an iPhone (?!)
  • Works fine for me. I just apparently suck at general knowledge having only managed to get as high as question 8. Many that I have seen have walked away with several hundred dollar prize especially with the larger dollar events that last few Sundays.
  • I might download this if it was hosted by Max Headroom...
  • Don't bother. The game either freezes or has the wrong answers. I think they intentionally make answers wrong so they can eliminate a large chunk of users. This way they will have $20-$50 payouts to keep enticing people to come back. $2500 / 100 = $25. Wouldn't you keep coming back for $20-50? Otherwise, it would be $1-2 per win. Or even less!
  • My theory is I've thought when I first started playing there was never really so many winners in 1 game and I have now started seeing on the weekends when they have the big amounts for prizes that there are so many people that are winning so when you are a true player everyone splits the pot and it’s either you know $26 $15 sometimes only $1. I feel like so many people win, BUT in all reality more than half of those people are actually either people associated with HQ, Work for HQ or something like that so with that being said technically they really don’t have to pay out $100,000 because they insert those players/winners who have the answers already so that many people truly didn’t win do you get what I’m trying to say?
  • UK edition runs fine for me on WiFi and 4G connections (Xperia XA1 Ultra on official Oreo update). Highest I've got is Q8. Damn sausage questions get me almost every time.
  • I enjoy the game, even Scott. But I can't get many questions in so far. Some of them are pretty difficult. I failed recently on "The word Panda" describing the bear, originated from which language:
    A. Nepalese
    B. Chinese
    C. Hindi Or something to that effect. I should have guessed that Chinese would be too obvious, but they do start with obvious Qs. Anyway, its Nepalese. Who knew? Apparently several hundred thousand players... :-)
  • Has always worked fine for me and my wife except a few hiccups here and there.
  • The best part is when you finally win, after months of hard work, and you get $1.50...
  • I've had issues but for 95% off the time I have zero issues. Same for the rest of the fam.
  • I dropped a cherry pit from my mouth onto my screen a week or so ago and it registered as a tap. So I got the 11th question wrong (inadvertently), knew the 12th and lost out on around $325, I think it was. I don't know how I didn't throw my phone against the wall, but I maintained my composure. Barely.
  • I agree with you Jonathan. I've thought when I first started playing there was never really so many winners and one game and I have now started seeing on the weekends when they have the big amounts for prizes that there are so many people that are winning so when you are a true player everyone splits the pot and it’s either you know and $26 $15 sometimes only $1. I feel like so many people win, BUT in all reality more than half of those people are actually either people associated with HQ, Work for HQ or something like that so with that being said technically they really don’t have to pay out $100,000 because that many people truly didn’t win do you get what I’m trying to say?