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How to play Cards Against Humanity online with friends, family or on your own

Not really 'cards', but the next best thing

Cards Against Humanity online
Cards Against Humanity online
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Playing Cards Against Humanity online was one of the main things keeping people connected during global Covid lockdowns in 2020, and though the world is restarting, web-based games off the popular card game have remained popular.

If you want, you can play Cards Against Humanity online without having to buy a card set or see your opponents in real life. The options we've got sometimes even include expansions or other add-on content.

Cards Against Humanity is a popular card game (no points for guessing that) which challenges players to come up with funny answers to a question in order to win rounds.  You don't need to be witty, or absurd, in order to win - this is a game where being inappropriate is the name of the game.

Most of the methods of playing Cards Against Humanity online don't involve actually buying the cards, or even any fancy gadgets. In fact, most of these options are totally free. All you need is a computer or smartphone, and possibly also a webcam if you want people to see your cringing face too.

It's worth pointing out this list changed quite a bit over the course of 2020, because some of the long-running websites we used to list have stopped functioning, and new contenders have entered the playing field - overall, though, you're now rather limited in options for playing Cards Against Humanity online. In 2021, the list of options has remained largely the same.

If you're playing on a smartphone, maybe a tablet with a bigger screen will be useful? Check out our list of the best tablets, as well as the best iPads and best Android tablets.

Now our list includes a few left-field options, including an AI supercomputer you can play against alone, and the option to physically print out Cards Against Humanity packs.

We'll take you through a few options you've got. So set up your video call, get those friends or family ready, and boot up one of these websites. 

Cards Against Humanity on CAH Store
If you've seen all these options and still want to buy a physical set of Cards Against Humanity, because you like real objects or just want to support the creators, the game's store has sets for you. In addition its extra boxes with 300 cards, or smaller themed expansions with 30 cards, are all available too.
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How to play Cards Against Humanity online: your three options

  1. Cards Against Humanity Labs: a single-player experience testing future cards out.
  2. All Bad Cards: a new Cards Against Humanity site that seems very reliable.
  3. Just printing the cards out yourself: don't rely on tech.

How to play Cards Against Humanity Online: our guides

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Option 1: Cards Against Humanity Lab

Play alone to help the game

Players: One
Expansions: Just future cards
Reasons to buy
+Your online friend is a computer
Reasons to avoid
-New cards

Cards Against Humanity has its own way to play online, of sorts, but it's not exactly a social experience. 

CAH Lab is an AI that plays you a black card, and gives you a selection of white cards. You have to choose the funniest, or proclaim that none are funny, and keep playing. The point of this is not for you to have fun, but for the AI to learn which cards are best, but it's still a pretty enjoyable experience if no-one's around to play.

The CAH AI can come up with some pretty spectacular choices, and it can be familiar to anyone who plays the base game with the 'Rando Cardissian' rule, which involves playing an extra white card each turn on behalf of a ghostly extra.

Lots of the cards that you find in the CAH Lab are ones that aren't actually in the game packs. This can give you an insight into future expansions, and can be refreshing when games with the base pack quickly become routine. Some of them are... less than funny though.

Play: head over to this website

(Image credit: All Bad Cards)

Option 2: All Bad Cards

Your best bet for playing with friends

Players: ?
Expansions: ?
Reasons to buy
+Reliable interface
Reasons to avoid
-No instructions for newbies

While the prior entries on this list are long-standing sites, All Bad Cards was created for all the people looking for online versions of Cards Against Humanity during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The game is created by member of Bungie's team (developers of Halo and Destiny) and feels a little smoother and easier to use than the prior entries of this list. The game is more automated too, and you don't have to drag the cards around yourself, making it better for people who aren't so tech-savvy.

The site also hosts custom Cards Against Humanity packs made by players - some of the popular ones we can see include plenty of Coronavirus and Harry Potter-themed ones, amongst others.

Play: head over to this website.

Option 3: Pretend You're Xyzzy

A solid back-up option

Players: ?
Expansions: ?
Reasons to buy
+One of the OG CAH sites
Reasons to avoid
-Interface isn't great

Pretend You're Xyzzy might not be as aesthetically pleasing as All Bad Cards, but it's a solid option if you can't use the former for whatever reason. It's pretty popular too.

Pretend You're Xyzzy is one of the stalwart Cards Against Humanity online sites - it was one of the few around before the 2020 lockdown, and while it's gone down a few times, it's still pretty reliable.

Play: head over to this website.

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Option 4: Use the internet to print off the cards

Old school style

Players: As many as you want
Expansions: None
Reasons to buy
+You don't need to use a computer
Reasons to avoid
-Killing the environment

If a computer or smartphone is something you use only begrudgingly, you don't need to play a whole game of Cards Against Humanity on it if you don't want, as you can actually print off the cards from the game's website.

If you head to one of the top options is to view a PDF of all the cards. Simply open this, print if off (check out this guide if you need to buy a printer) and cut the sheet into the cards. The Cards Against Humanity Family Edition is also available this way.

Only the base game is available to print off, so if you want expansions you're going to have to buy them, and of course printing out loads of paper isn't exactly eco-friendly, so perhaps this is better as a last recourse if computers aren't for you.

Play: head over to this website.