There are practical uses too – such as working on a school project together, or a group chat to figure out some weekend plans.
Notifications can be turned off, in Settings (which are hard to find, – click on the three lines in the upper left corner, which takes you to the Friends screen. What’s nice here is that you can fine-tune this – receive notifications from some friends but not others.
You’ll also see which friends are online when you open the app. You’ll also see if they are currently in a conversation (called a “room”).
Well, sort of – and that is where you might want to be aware of how House Party works before you decide if it’s a good choice for your tween or teen.
To connect with friends, you’ll either allow the app to access the Contacts list on your phone or enter a friend’s House Party username.
Once in a chat, you can make the room Private and nobody else can join the conversation.
Press the three dots in the lower left of the chat window, to reveal the option to “Lock the Room“, and a few other choices.This is where you may want to talk about privacy concerns – once you’re in a chat with some friends-of-friends, those friends can request to add you as a friend.So while you start out using the app just with people you already know – from your contacts list or adding by username – there is potential for widening that circle beyond those you know.You can chat with up to 7 other friends at a time within the app.While Live streaming apps let you transmit to the masses, House Party is different in that these are closed conversations.He said he went to buy a ticket for him and his daughter and didn't have enough money.