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23 March 2020, 12:06 | Updated: 23 March 2020, 14:28
During the coronavirus pandemic, the Houseparty app has seen a spike in downloads as people are practising social-distancing - but what is it? And how do you use the app.
The Houseparty app has become a must-have on your phone since coronavirus has come along and forced us all to self-isolate away from family and friends.
But what is the video chatting app and how do I use it?
Here’s what we know about Houseparty and how it's going to help us through the Covid-19 outbreak:
Similar to Snapchat mixed with FaceTime/Skype, Houseparty is a video chatting app where you can connect with your contacts and start a group call.
However, the difference is that it is similar to a gaming platform as you can also play games with your friends during the call.
All you need to do is download the app and it will allow you to connect with your friends - either through an invitation or linking your contacts through social media or your phone book.
Once you have connected, you’ll be able to see who is online or ‘in the house’.
The catch is that you can have only up to eight people in one call at one time.
The facemail feature lets you leave voicemail but in the form of a video message, for a friend.
You hold down to record the message, like on Snapchat, and they will see it whenever the next log into the app.
The app hosts games such as Heads Up!, Trivia and Quick Draw.