Free video chatroom application
Houseparty is a free social network service that lets you audio and video chat with your friends. You may meet new people on the application when you are in a chat with your friends because their friends can join. You can keep a chatroom private by locking the space. Up to eight people are allowed in a group video chat.
Houseparty is similar to the audio only app called Clubhouse. Both of the applications let you join and leave chatrooms whenever you want. Any available room can be joined with the apps. Discord is another platform with chatrooms that are always available to join. You can use Facetime, Google Hangouts, Skype, WhatsApp, and Zoom for scheduled calls instead of spontaneous gatherings.
Is Houseparty a safe app?
Safety settings are automatically set up in Houseparty to make the platform safer. An important security setting is the lock feature. A lock button is available in the center of your video screen. You can click on the lock icon to make the chat room private. The lock command will block anyone else from joining aside from the people already in the room.
If you locked a room, then you can click on the lock again to unlock the space. Any friends of the people that are in an unlocked chat room can join. Another impressive safety feature happens when an unknown person enters into your current room.
A notification will appear to let you know that the person that is entering the space is not your direct friend. A green ‘Add Friend’ button will appear to let you send friend requests. You can immediately leave the group video chat by clicking on the exit button. You do not need to have your video camera turned on to use Houseparty.
You can turn your camera and microphone off at any time. You will be prompted to let Houseparty use your camera and microphone when you first launch the service. The camera and microphone buttons on the main screen let you control the audio and video commands.
You can click on the camera and microphone buttons to enable or disable the features. A red line will appear above the buttons to let you know that they commands are turned off.
Can you use Houseparty on a computer?
Houseparty is available for Android, Apple iOS, and Google Chrome. You can use the Google Chrome app on Microsoft Windows PC computers and laptops. You will need to use the Google Chrome web browser to use the app on PCs. You can get the Houseparty Google Chrome extension. The extension will integrate directly into your toolbar to let you conveniently check Houseparty.
The extension can open into a full screen view. The user interface is divided into two main sections. Your friend list will be on the left and chat area will be on the right. The search bar lets you find new people by searching for their name. Additionally, you can search for people you know in your friend list to quickly connect.
Your friend request section will be next to the search bar. A red square will appear when you have new requests. You can see the number of requests in the box. Your friend list lets you know plenty of information. You can see when people are online by the green dot next to their profile picture.
A notice will appear above the usernames to let you know when your friends are in locked rooms. The people that you are already in a chat with will have a ‘Here’ button next to their name. A friend that is online in an unlocked room will have a ‘Join’ icon near their username.
Houseparty gives you plenty of freedom. The system clearly lets you know your relationship with the people in a room. If you are in a room with someone that sent you a friend request, then an ‘Accept’ button will appear on their section of the chat. Houseparty Fortnite meetups are common since Epic Games developed both apps.
Should you download it?
Houseparty lets you casually meet with your friends, since you can easily enter and leave chats. The web extension is a nice alternative to an entire application. Houseparty is ideal for people that have an established friend group that want to keep in touch.
- Cross platform
- Secure features
- Easily enter and leave
- Integration with Fortnite
- Extension only works with Chrome
- Not the best for meeting new people