How Many Guests Can You Have in House Party?
Online house parties are the it-thing right now, and the trend isn’t likely to disappear anytime soon. Apps such as Zoom allow you to have a party with a few of your friends under a single video messaging dashboard. And Facebook’s Messenger is pretty much the same.
But why suffice with business and regular messaging apps when there’s a special app for parities?
The only potential restriction: how many people can you invite? Of course, this write-up is here to answer that question for you. Let’s give you a hint, the number is very limited.
Getting Started with Houseparty
To get the ball rolling, you need to download and install the app, then sign up. This article assumes you’ve completed the given steps.
If not, there’s not much to them. Just follow the on-screen wizard and come up with a unique username. Keep in mind, the Houseparty app has been around for quite some time now and all the cool usernames are probably taken.
The key step is to sync the app with your contacts. Make sure to allow access to the contacts on your phone. You can also link some social networks like Snapchat and Facebook.
Some users have reportedly struggled to sync all contacts with the Houseparty app. The quick fix is to update the app and try again or restart your smartphone.
If that doesn’t help, syncing social media contacts should work just fine. And it’s worth noting that the bug seems to be isolated to Android devices.
Ready to Put on Your Dancing Shoes?
Once all the syncing is done, it’s time to get the party started. The Houseparty app’s main window automatically triggers your selfie camera. And the great thing is that all the party preparations happen from the same window.
To start inviting guests to your bash, hit the large plus icon at the top right of the main window.
The “Bring Friends Here” menu is well laid out and intuitive. The “Your Friends” window lists every synced contact and there’s also a search bar. If you want to add someone outside your Houseparty app, use “Add New Friends” or “Invite New Friends”.
But the million-dollar question is how many guests can you have?
The answer is eight. So if you were planning a larger event, it would be best to use a different app. But then, eight people is more than enough to have a good time in the online environment.
How to Grab Attendee’s Attention
There is a “wave” button/icon next to each contact’s name. Tapping on the button sends a notification to the users, informing them there’s a party in the neighborhood.
If you want to video call the person then and there, just tap the receiver icon.
Similar to the invitation menu, the Houseparty contacts/friends window is comprehensive and well laid out. What’s more, the app even gives you suggestions for “People you may know”.
And when you wave to a user, the profile listing jumps to the top of the page. Plus, there’s a status indicator. For example, you’ll see an orange circle if a user is “Around”.
If you want to preview the notifications you received, swipe left or right from the contacts menu. Houseparty allows for private video messaging. You can pre-record it and send it out to the eight attendees you wish to invite. Within the app, these are called Facemail.
Things to Consider
If a party has less than eight attendees, you can lock the group chat by pressing on the padlock icon. This action prevents other users from crashing your party.
On the other hand, if you want to join a party that already in full swing, just tap on the “House Parties” that are in progress. Should you fail to join, the chat is already full or it’s locked.
During the party call, you can switch between cameras, or turn off the camera and mic completely. And when things get boring, hitting the X allows you to split in an instant.
The great thing is that Houseparty works on your smartphone and there’s a desktop app with the same features and functions.
Right off the bat, Houseparty is safe to use. But certain organizations suggest using the padlock option to discourage strangers from jumping in.
As for other security and privacy concerns, there’s nothing to worry about with Houseparty. The app’s cybersecurity protocols and policies are neck and neck with other similar apps.
In other words, there’s nothing shady about Houseparty and the app requires permissions which minimize the chances of abuse.
Eat, Sleep, Party, Repeat
Ten is a really nice round number for an online party, but you’d have to suffice with eight on this app. And you wouldn’t be wrong to assume that this is another security limitation that keeps bullies away from your online party place.
How often do you throw parties using this app? Do you play any games available on Houseparty? Tell us more about your preferences in the comments section below.