What is Houseparty? The app that lets friends video call during lockdown


It’s taken the country by storm as families and friends separated by lockdown discover a new way to keep in touch.

Houseparty is a viral video call app bringing people together when they can’t see each other during the coronavirus outbreak.

But how do you use it? Here we take you through the most talked about app of the moment and how you can connect with your loved ones:

What is Houseparty?

The app lets you talk to up to eight people on a video call and is fast becoming one of the most popular ways of staying in touch during coronavirus lockdwon.

Available on Android, iPhone, iPad and Macs, the “face to face social network” does more than just video – it also lets you play games and quizzes too.

The real-time accessibility of Houseparty allows friends to enjoy each others company as though they were all in the same room.

The app has been around since 2016 but has seen a surge in popularity over the past few weeks as those stuck at home connect with people they can’t be with physically.

While plenty of other services offer free video calling – such as FaceTime, Google Hangout and Zoom – this app lets people have fun and play games while also chatting.

The app lets you talk to up to eight people while also playing quizzes and games

How do you use it?

You can download it from the app store and come up with a unique username before it lets you link up with your contacts with Facebook, Snapchat, email or phone number.

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Houseparty will automatically recognise your contacts and friends who have already signed up, allowing you to start chatting immediately.

It will tell you who is currently online – or you can “wave” to friends so they get a notification that you’re ready to talk.

You can dive into different chats, or if you want some privacy with your friends or family you can lock the group.

It only allows for a maximum of eight people on a call, so if you want to chat to a larger number of people you may have to use another service.

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Is Houseparty safe?

The video call app hit headlines this week when it quashed rumours it had been hacked – with creators saying it had been targeted by a “commercial smear campaign”.

They even offered a $1million reward for anyone who has information on what they are calling a major hoax.

However, the app has seen people hop into different group chats – this is why it is important to hit the padlock button if you don’t want some privacy.

Internet Matters –  UK children’s charity – has said you should do this to ensure others can’t enter your your chat unsolicited, especially if youngsters are using it.





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