Learn the Houseparty lingo
Video-chat like a native.
Group Video Chat
As with any new app, getting used to Houseparty means taking a few moments to learn the lingo. Here’s a quick primer on speaking the language of this video-chat app:
Wave: To let your friends know you’re up for a chat, set your status to Online or Around and click the hand icon to Wave at them. Easy breezy. (But if you get antsy and Wave too much, Houseparty will send you a little message encouraging you to bring it down a notch.)
Around: Houseparty’s version of an away message. When you’re Around, you can see who’s online without making yourself visible.
Buzz: A way to get someone’s attention that’s more insistent than a Wave. To Buzz someone, find the hand icon, click and hold.
Ghost: If you don’t want a specific friend to be notified when you’re “in the house”, you can ghost them and keep your status secret. Don’t worry, Houseparty won’t let them know. To go invisible, click into the friend’s profile, hit the gear icon and check the box next to the ghost emoji.
Locking a room: To keep a party private in Houseparty, you can “lock the room” by going to the Conversation tab in the menu bar.
Mute: Getting too many notifications when a friend enters or leaves the house? Mute them by going to the Conversation tab in the menu bar. The notifications will stop, and your friend will be none the wiser.
Stranger Danger: Houseparty’s warning for when an unfamiliar person tries to enter. When a friend of a friend, or someone who doesn’t know everyone in the room joins the party, Houseparty will fire off an alert for Stranger Danger. You can then opt to leave the room, ask the new person to leave or welcome a new face into the conversation.
Pass a note: Houseparty is all about group chats, but there are times when you need to step out for a quick one-to-one. You can “pass a note” by clicking on your friend’s name or face and have a quick private talk.