One of the hottest Android and iPhone apps is the Houseparty app. It’s incredibly popular with teens and college students.
This is a quick walk through that will explain what Houseparty is and what you need to know about it. We also take a look at what parents need to know about the Houseparty app.
If you are having Houseparty problems we share some advice on how to solve them and how to report them to the app developers.
What is Houseparty?
The Houseparty app is a video chat application that allows friends to jump in and out of a Houseparty room to chat with each other. It’s not like a Skype or FaceTime call that requires invites or that specifically rings a friend. It’s a more open platform, but it’s not wide open for anyone to join your chat randomly. The app now includes an update to prevent you from accidentally joining the wrong Houseparty.
If you do want to invite friends you can send an invite vie text or iMessage that will direct users right to the app. And there are notifications that can help you find a Houseparty to join.
When in the app you need friends using it to really get a good experience. There aren’t public Houseparty rooms to join.
Is Houseparty Free?
The Houseparty app is free and there are no in-app purchases that require you to spend money to join or host a Houseparty.
We’ve yet to see any ads in Houseparty, but you can buy Houseparty merchandise. The company sells shirts, sweatshirts, sleeveless shirts, tanks, a pizza towel and a beanie.
What Parents Need to Know About Houseparty
The Houseparty app is rated 4+ on iTunes and Everyone on Google Play. Alone the app does not contain any objectionable material.
Parents will like that you cannot jump into a video chat with a stranger, but you can video chat with friends and friends of friends.
Ultimately the content that you see and hear in the app depend on the friends who join and their friends or other people who are invited to the Houseparty group video chat.
You can control some of the app to change the experience, but for the most part there is not a lot that you can do to change the experience.
You can Mute the Mic if you don’t want to leave a room, but you need to talk without people in the room hearing you.
Another option is to Flip the camera to show the front or rear camera view. Most of the time it will be the front-facing camera so you are on screen and able to see, but sometimes you will want to show off a cool view or activity with the front facing camera. No matter which camera you use, look for brighter areas to use the app for better video quality.
You can also lock the room to prevent others from joining it if you only want a certain set of users to be part of this video chat.
If you have Houseparty problems you should make sure that your app is up to date, but there are some other things to keep in mind.
Many users complain that the Houseparty connection slows when more than four people join a Houseparty session and that they can get kicked out of the app when it crashes.
You should try using WiFi for a better connection and if possible re-install the app to try and fix crashing errors or other problems.
Some users don’t like the plethora of notifications that come whenever someone joins a Houseparty room, but there is currently no option to limit those inside of a room. You can tap the little bell next to a friend to stop getting notifications from that person though.
Other Houseparty app problems include a dark front facing camera, no sound, no video and muted microphones. When any of these happen you may need to restart the app, restart the phone or reinstall the app to see if that resolves it.
One of the biggest complaints is that the Houseparty app drains your iPhone battery very fast. There’s no work around for this as apps that use data, video cameras and the microphone will drain your battery faster than many other apps.
Shake the phone to report a problem to the developers, which can help you get it fixed faster than if you just leave a review.