Houseparty is a video call application for Android, Mac (macOS), iPhone and iPad (iOS) that has been popularizing in the last months in the United States the 11 most downloaded for macOS and 9 among the social networks for iPhone. The app stands out for allowing chatting in larger groups compared to the solutions offered by Instagram and WhatsApp. Facebook apps limit to four simultaneous participants, while Houseparty allows calls with up to eight people at the same time.
The program does not allow sharing photos or documents, focusing only on live video. Whoever creates the chat room can leave it free for friends to participate or have control of who is allowed to enter. See how to use the main features of the app on mobile and computer.
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1. Login and initial setup
Step 1. Download Houseparty from Google Play or App Store and tap Signup to register a new account. Fill in the form with e-mail, password, name and user;
Register for Houseparty Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
Step 2. Next, you will need to enter a phone number to receive a validation code via SMS. Enter numbers to advance;
Validate your Houseparty account using your cell phone number Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
Step 3. Houseparty connects to your address book to show who is online to chat. Grant permission to find friends who have the app installed. It is also possible to connect to Facebook so that Houseparty knows which contacts have the app and can participate in video calls. If you do not want to link your social network account, tap Skip in the upper right corner of the screen;
Connect your Facebook calendar and contact list to Houseparty Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
Step 4. Houseparty will now offer your personal chat link. Copy to the clipboard and share with your friends to have video chats at any time. Each user can have only one active conversation at a time. Then, finalize the configuration by granting permissions for the app to access microphone, camera and device location.
Copy your room code and grant Houseparty permissions Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
Step 1. Use the Add friends button or the search field at the top of the app to search for friends by name or user. Tap Add to add your contact list;
Add contacts at Houseparty Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
Step 2. Swipe the home screen from bottom to top to see your friends list. Tap Join to start chatting with people who are currently online. If the contact is offline, click on the button with a telephone cone to initiate a call and wait for a response;
Enter active rooms or call someone at the Houseparty Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
Step 3. When starting a conversation, each user gets a frame on the screen, up to the limit of eight. By default, any contact can freely enter the call, unless the room owner activates the lock by touching the button with a padlock icon. When this happens, incoming requests depend on the administrator's approval;
Block friends from automatically entering Houseparty Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
Step 4. Even in a call with several people, it is possible to interact individually with each participant. Touch the friend's video to open a menu at the bottom. Touch the machine to greet the friend or Pass a note to send a private ticket;
Send private messages to friends at Houseparty Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
Step 5. Touch the settings to get a contact menu. When selecting the Ghosting option, it is possible to be invisible to a specific user.
Stay invisible to friends at Houseparty Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
Step 1. For now, Houseparty has a desktop version for Mac only. The login procedure does not change, but there is a difference when starting a conversation. While smartphone users go online automatically when opening the application, on the computer I need to click Go online;
Go online at Houseparty for computer Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
Step 2. Initiated a call with one or more friends, the images are in thumbnails at the top of the contact list. A menu in the floating video chat window allows you to close, maximize, cut the microphone or block friends from entering without permission.
Video of friends stay in a floating window in the Houseparty for computer Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves