After a pretty awesome honeymoon period where Houseparty saw its downloads skyrocket, it seems that everything is crashing back to the ground. Users claim their accounts were compromised to the point that other apps were affected, and Houseparty responded with a bounty to find who's responsible for a smear campaign. If you don't want the headache of being stuck in the middle, here's how you can delete your Houseparty completely and wash your hands of the situation.
How to delete your Houseparty account on Android
- Open your email app of choice on your Android phone.
Create a new email.
- Enter firstname.lastname@example.org in the recipients box.
- In the subject line, type Request to Delete Account.
In the body of the email, you need to include the following pieces of information
- Your full name
- Email Address
- Houseparty App Username
- Your phone number
Once Houseparty support has received your email, the company will confirm that the account has been deleted completely.
How to delete your Houseparty account on iOS
- Tap the User icon in the top left-hand corner.
Select the Settings icon in the drop-down menu.
- Tap on Privacy.
Select Delete Account.
- Confirm that you want to proceed.
- Enter your password.
- Tap Delete
After the account deletion has been confirmed, you will be taken to the main Houseparty Sign In screen. Then you can go ahead and delete the app from your iPhone completely.
Did Houseparty get hacked?
Earlier in the week, reports started swirling around the fact that Houseparty was hacked, with users receiving repeated requests for passwords. Some users couldn't to log into their accounts at all, and everyone was left wanting answers. In some instances, other apps like Spotify and Instagram were seemingly compromised after Houseparty was installed, creating suspicion that the popular video chat app was the culprit.
Houseparty maintained that it had not been hacked, nor had any of its users' private information been leaked. So in response, the company announced a $1 million bounty to anyone who can prove that the issues were caused by a "smear campaign." So while Houseparty claims that there have been no clear "hacks," there's definitely something going on here, and only time will tell what has really happened.
What should you use instead?
Chances are that you will still want a way to chat with a few of your friends, even if Houseparty is no longer on the table. Google Duo is actually a pretty solid way to video chat with your friends, although it's not as "flashy" as something like Houseparty. The app still allows up to eight members in a chat at one time, and works cross-platform on both iOS and Android.
Unfortunately, there are no "games" to speak of built into Duo, the app has a few fun features like masks and overlays that you can use. Plus, it's completely free and you won't have to worry about paying anything to unlock "additional" features. And the service has been regularly updated and works better than ever.
If you're looking for a Houseparty alternative, you might want to check out Google Duo. Not only is it cross-platform, it might already be installed on your phone. It's not as feature-packed as Houseparty, but it's easy to use and free.