How to Delete Your Houseparty Account Now That You're Worried About Getting Hacked

On Monday, claims circulated around Twitter that group video chat app Houseparty was hacking into other apps—including banking information. If you're a Houseparty user and wondering how to delete the service from your devices, look no further: Here's a how-to guide for just that.

First, though, some background on how all this started. According to New Statesman, the hack can be tracked back to a since-deleted tweet and another that has since been locked, from a user claiming that the service hacked her bank information.

By early Monday afternoon, the company tweeted assurances that the service is secure. "All Houseparty accounts are safe - the service is secure, has never been compromised, and doesn't collect passwords for other sites," the company wrote.

All Houseparty accounts are safe - the service is secure, has never been compromised, and doesn’t collect passwords for other sites.

— Houseparty (@houseparty) March 30, 2020

Later, Houseparty wrote that the rumors had been a "smear campaign" and offered a million dollar reward to anyone who could provide proof that the company had been a victim of said campaign.

We are investigating indications that the recent hacking rumors were spread by a paid commercial smear campaign to harm Houseparty. We are offering a $1,000,000 bounty for the first individual to provide proof of such a campaign to bounty@houseparty.com.

— Houseparty (@houseparty) March 31, 2020

After the hacking rumors began to spread, Forbes reported that the hacks supposedly caused by the app were most likely caused by "credential stuffing attacks," where cyber crooks on the Dark Web use databases of stolen passwords and try to use the logins across various platforms. The best way to avoid this type of hacking is using different passwords across different accounts, and you can check if your password has been compromised in the Have I Been Pwned database.

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Attendees walk by the Epic Games booth at the 2019 GDC Game Developers Conference on March 20, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Epic Games owns the popular group video chat app HouseParty Justin Sullivan/Getty

Of course, users still might feel anxious about the hacking claims and might want to delete their accounts to avoid the issues that other users have supposedly faced. Below, I've outlined how you can remove the Houseparty app, which is owned by Fortnite masterminds Epic Games and can be downloaded on iPhones, Androids and Mac computers, and can also be accessed on Google Chrome.

Now, having made an account for this story, I tried to simply use the Chrome app to avoid downloading the app myself. But the Chrome app doesn't appear to allow users to edit their privacy settings or delete their accounts directly from the web app.

After downloading the app to my iPhone, deleting my account was pretty easy, actually. Simply tap the smiley "Friend" icon in the upper lefthand corner of your screen. Then, tap the "Settings" icon.

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After clicking the "Friends" icon in the upper lefthand corner, click the settings icon. Screenshot/HouseParty

Scroll to the "Privacy" icon and then go to "Delete Account."

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After clicking "Settings," go to "Privacy." Screenshot/HouseParty

After clicking "Delete Account," the app will ask if you're sure that you want to delete your account, and then will ask for you to enter your password before deleting your account for good. Before deleting, it will ask one last time if you're sure, to which you click "Delete," bringing you back to the homescreen.

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After going to "Privacy," click "Delete Account," to confirm that you'd like to delete your account. Screenshot/HouseParty
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Enter your password, before being prompted to confirm that you'd like to delete the app. Screenshot/HouseParty

And there you have it—no more Houseparty app.