How to set up and use Houseparty on iPhone and iPad

Houseparty on Home Screen iPhone X
Houseparty on Home Screen iPhone X (Image credit: Luke Filipowicz / iMore)

Sometimes you just want to have a party, but getting together with your friends (especially right now) can be hard. Luckily, our phones can be excellent vehicles for socialization. Now you could jump on a FaceTime call and talk to your friends, but if you want to play games and have that party feel, Houseparty is an app that lets you do that.

Grab your iPhone or iPad and party with up to seven of your friends without having to have to leave your couch. Here's how to set up and get started on Housepaty for iOS.

How to download Houseparty on iPhone and iPad

You can download Houseparty (opens in new tab) just like you would an app from the App Store.

  1. Launch the App Store from your Home screen.
  2. Search for Houseparty.
  3. Tap Get or if you've downloaded it before the Cloud

Launch the App Store, search for Houseparty, and then tap Get. (Image credit: iMore)

Now the app will install on your iPhone or iPad, and you'll be ready to set up your account.

How to set up your Houseparty account on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch Houseparty form your Home screen.
  2. Tap Sign Up.
  3. Enter all your account information. This includes:
    • Email
    • Name
    • Username
    • Password
    • Date of birth

Launch Houseparty, tap Sign Up, and then enter all the required information. (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Enter your phone number.
  2. Tap Send SMS.
  3. Enter the confirmation code.

Enter your phone number, tap send sms, and then enter the confirmation code. (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap Next.
  2. Tap OK to allow Houseparty to access your contacts. Or, tap Don't Allow if you don't want to connect your phone contacts.
  3. Tap Next again.

Tap next, Tap **OK** to allow Houseparty to access your contacts. Or, tap **Don't Allow** if you don't want to connect your phone contacts, and then tap next. (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Tap Continue if you want to connect Facebook, or tap Cancel if you don't want Houseparty to connect to Facebook.
  2. Tap Continue as your name if you want to connect Facebook. This is optional.
  3. Tap next after you're done adding any friends you want/

Tap continue if you want to connect Facebook, or tap cancel if you don't want to connect Facebook. Tap continue as your name if you are using Facebook, and then tap Next. (Image credit: iMore)

How to add friends in Houseparty on iPhone and iPad

You have to have friends to chat with on Houseparty _ because what's a party without friends — so if you didn't add anyone through your phone contacts and Facebook, or if you just are trying to find someone, you can use there Houseparty username to find them.

  1. Launch Houseparty from your Home screen.
  2. Tap the + in the top right of your screen.

Launch Houseparty and then tap the + button. (Image credit: iMore)
  1. Enter the username of the person you want to add.
  2. Tap Add.

Enter the username of the person you want to add and then tap add. (Image credit: iMore)

Now, they will receive a notification that you are trying to add them. Once they accept, you'll be ready to have a party with them.

How to start a party (video chat) in Houseparty on iPhone and iPad

Now that you are all set up you can start a video chat — called a party — with your friends!

  1. Launch Houseparty from your Home screen.
  2. Tap the camera button at the top of your screen.
  3. Tap the waving hand next to the person you want to have a party with.

Launch Houseparty, tap on the camera button at the top of the screen, and then tap the waving hand beside their name. (Image credit: iMore)

Any questions?

Let us know in the comments down below.

Luke Filipowicz
Staff Writer

Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way. 


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2 Comments
  • How is this different compared to FaceTime (or better)?
  • As far as I can tell the main benefit would be that it's cross platform. If all your friends are on Apple devices, use FaceTime