How to use Houseparty to video chat with your friends

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How to use Houseparty to video chat with your friends

Houseparty is a video chatting app designed for spontaneous communication — less for setting up meetings than for those moments when you’re bored and you want to chat with a friend. That’s why it was initially favored by young people. But it’s shot up in popularity across all age groups as people stay home in order to practice social distancing.

Incidentally, the app is also known for its connection to gaming. It comes with built-in games, such as Heads Up, that you can play with friends. Last year, Houseparty was acquired by Fortnite creator Epic Games.

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When you open Houseparty, you immediately see which of your friends is online and can talk to them with one tap. In fact, your friends get notifications whenever you go online (assuming you have Houseparty running), and you’ll get the same for them. They can also see what conversations you’re having with others and join, unless the room (aka the conversation) is locked. So while Houseparty encourages spontaneity, privacy can be an issue. (In fact, Houseparty, like Zoom, has had some blowback from possible security issues; there were reports of breaches, which were apparently never proven.) We’ll address how you can adjust these features to maximize security.

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