How to install the ‘Among Us’ proximity chat mod and make your games even more suspenseful

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The proximity chat mod, CrewLink, in “Among Us” adds a twist to traditional voice chat.

  • The “Among Us” proximity chat mod makes it so you can hear other players talking when they’re near you in-game.
  • To install the proximity chat mod, download it from GitHub and run it, then open “Among Us.”
  • You’ll need to make sure that “Among Us” is fully updated before using the mod.
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Solving a murder mystery is a lot harder when you can’t talk to anyone else. But if you can hear your partners – only for their voices to be taken away right when you need them most – you’ve got the makings of a high-stakes drama.

That’s where CrewLink, the proximity chat mod for “Among Us,” comes in. Here’s what you need to know about the mod, including how to install and use it.

‘Among Us’ proximity chat, explained

The CrewLink mod in “Among Us” allows you to verbally communicate with players who are close to you in-game. So you’ll be able to hear everyone in the waiting lobby, but everyone’s sound level will change as the game begins – the closer another player is to you, the louder they’ll be, even through walls. If they’re further away, their voice will be quieter, if audible at all.

This adds a definite sense of suspense and drama to the game as your friends’ voices suddenly go silent when they’re killed, or as you yell for help while being chased. It also makes emergency meetings incredibly chaotic, as players rush to be heard.

How to install the proximity chat mod in ‘Among Us’

You’ll need to download the latest version of CrewLink from GitHub. To do that, go to the “Installation Instructions” section of the mod page and click “releases.” The latest version will appear at the top of the page. Then, under “Assets,” click the first link (it should be a .exe file) and the download will begin.

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Click “CrewLink-Setup-2.0.1.exe” – or whatever the most recent version is – to download it.

Save the .exe file somewhere you can find it. Once it’s saved, double-click to open it – you may see antivirus warnings, in which case select the option that allows it to continue. After it’s finished installing, which should only take a few seconds, it should automatically open. You should then be able to use the mod in a game.

Be aware that you may run into issues if “Among Us” isn’t up to date (or if it’s the beta version).

How to use proximity chat in ‘Among Us’

Once installed, you can turn on the mod by launching the game and joining a lobby. From the menu, go into the game settings and check the box next to “Voice Activity.”

When you go back into the main menu page, you should see a green ring around your character while you’re talking. Other players in your lobby will appear below yours. If they also have the mod and are talking, you should also see the green ring around their avatars. Otherwise, they’ll show up with a red ring.

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“Among Us” running with CrewLink’s mod in the corner.

Once you’ve enabled the mod, you can switch over to push-to-talk mode in the settings, if you prefer.

For more information, including a video guide, check out this useful video from YouTuber Ottomated.

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How to install OptiFine to massively enhance ‘Minecraft’s’ graphics and add new features

  • You can install OptiFine for free by downloading it from the official website, and then launching “Minecraft.”
  • OptiFine can be used with Minecraft Forge, or separately from it.
  • OptiFine lets you optimize “Minecraft” for your computer, as well as change the graphics.
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OptiFine is a versatile program that many “Minecraft” players can’t imagine going without, particularly when playing on a less capable computer. It’s a “Minecraft: Java Edition” optimizer, allowing computers with less memory and less powerful graphics cards to run the game more smoothly.

OptiFine also gives you access to tons of new texture packs and HD shaders to make your game look as good as possible, as well a few useful new gameplay mechanics, including the famous “OptiFine Zoom.”

It’s different from mods in how it’s installed and runs, but is similar in that it changes how the game looks and works.

Here are two ways to install and use OptiFine, depending on whether or not you want to use it with other mods.

How to install and run OptiFine in ‘Minecraft’ without mods

1. In a web browser of your choice, navigate to the OptiFine downloads page. If you aren’t running the most current version of “Minecraft,” click “Show all versions” to find and select your version.

2. Click “Download” next to the version of OptiFine that you want. Click “Skip” in the top-right corner after a brief countdown if you’re taken to an ad break page.

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Download the version of OptiFine that matches your version of “Minecraft.”

3. Click “Download” when you’re redirected to the OptiFine download, and save it anywhere you can find it. You may see a warning about your download from your browser and/or computer, which you can safely disregard.

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If you’re shown an ad page, wait for the “Skip” option to appear, and you’ll be brought to this page.

4. Navigate to the downloaded OptiFine file, which will be an executable .jar file. Double-click the file to open the installer and click “Install.” You should then see a message saying OptiFine has been successfully installed.

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OptiFine has a quick and simple installation interface.

5. Open your Minecraft Launcher, and in the drop-down menu to the left of the “Play” button, make sure that “OptiFine” is selected. Once it is, click “Play.”

6. When “Minecraft” loads, select “Options…” from the main menu, then “Video Settings.” You’ll know that the OptiFine download was successful if you see added options like “Shaders,” “Details,” and “Animations.”

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OptiFine will add a few categories to Video Settings, like “Details…” and “Animations…” within which are a wealth of customizable settings.

How to install and run OptiFine to work with ‘Minecraft’ mods

1. Follow the first three steps to download OptiFine as shown above. If you haven’t already, download Minecraft Forge as well. You can follow our guide here.

2. Open the Minecraft Launcher app.

3. In the drop-down menu near the green play button, select “forge” then click “Play” to launch.

4. You’ll see the “Mods” option in the Minecraft main menu. Click it, then select “Open mods folder.” Java will automatically open the mods folder created by Forge.

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This button is a shortcut to the mods folder.

5. Drag and drop the .jar OptiFine file that you downloaded into this mods folder.

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Put the OptiFine file in the same place as your mods.

6. Close “Minecraft” and relaunch it, again running the Forge installation version. This time on the load screen, you should see the message “Found 2 modfiles to load” pass by, indicating that OptiFine has been incorporated into Forge.

7. You can check that it’s been installed correctly the same way as before: By going into the main menu and selecting “Options…” then “Video Settings.” If there are additional options like “Shaders,” “Details,” and “Animations,” then OptiFine is installed.

How to get started using OptiFine

OptiFine adds a lot of new options and settings to your game, so it can be a bit confusing to jump right in. Here’s some of the basic features, explained.

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How to install Minecraft Forge and gain access to thousands of new ‘Minecraft’ mods

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Installing “Minecraft” mods is easy with Minecraft Forge.

  • You can install Minecraft Forge from the Forge website, where it’s free to download.
  • Minecraft Forge is an add-on for “Minecraft: Java Edition” that lets you install and enable mods.
  • Make sure that you download the version of Minecraft Forge that corresponds with your current “Minecraft” version.
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Minecraft” is famous for how many mods it has, and how easy they are to install. These mods can be practical – like creating a new item – or they can add fun thematic elements to your game, such as new game modes.

To install these mods, you’ll need to use a free add-on called Minecraft Forge. This will let you customize “Minecraft: Java Edition” with mods.

Here’s how to install Minecraft Forge, and use it to install mods.

How to add a mod to Minecraft

Forge won’t come with mods built into it, so you’ll need to find them yourself. You can find all sorts of “Minecraft” mods through Google, and websites like minecraftmods.com.

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There are thousands of “Minecraft” mods, with new ones being added each day.

Once you’ve found one that’s appealing, save the file to your newly-created Forge mods folder. The address on your PC will be: C:Users[your username]AppDataRoaming.minecraftmods

On a Mac, it’ll be: [your computer’s name] > Macintosh HD > Users > [your username] > Library > Application Support > minecraft > mods

In place of [your username], insert the name of the account you’re using on your computer.

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You can search for “Mods” if you are having trouble locating your Minecraft Mods folder.

Once you’ve done that, you can check that the mod is enabled by clicking the “Mods” tab on the “Minecraft” main menu (see above), then confirming that the mod is listed in the left column beneath the “Minecraft” version you’re running.

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For more details on installing mods, as well as a guide on how to install resource/texture packs (a different type of mod), check out our article, “How to install ‘Minecraft’ mods and resource packs to completely reinvent your game.”

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