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Travelling through a portal

Portals provide one-way travel between Sessions. For the most common type of portal, the destination is indicated by an image at the center of the portal and the name above the portal.
To travel through a portal, use one of the following methods:
  • Walk into it. For instructions on how to walk, see Moving around.
  • Teleport into it. When you target the portal, a travel icon (
    ) appears at the center of the portal. For instructions on how to teleport, see Teleporting.
Some portals may be temporarily or permanently restricted. For more information, see Restricted portals.
The appearance of a portal when you teleport into it
If you want to travel through a portal with a group of people, wait a few seconds after the first person travels through before anyone else uses the portal. If nobody is at the destination, the destination becomes dormant. The first person that goes through a portal triggers the destination to become active, which may take several seconds.

Restricted portals

A portal is restricted if the destination has any of the following settings enabled:
  • Locked: If a host locks the destination, you can't travel through the portal. You can use the portal only after a host unlocks the destination.
  • Password protected: If a destination is protected by a password, a key icon is displayed at the end of the name of the portal. To travel through the portal, you must enter the password. For more information, see Travelling through a password protected portal.

Alternative portal designs

There are no restrictions on the visual appearance of a portal in ENGAGE. Some examples are shown in the following images. The travel icon (
) appears only when you use the teleport tool, but is shown in the images so that you can identify each portal's position.
A portal in a doorway (left) and a portal represented by a column of light (right)
You can use both the walk and teleport methods described previously to travel through all types of portal.