Lockdown has us all feeling a bit lonely. Even if we’ve got roommates to keep us company, we miss our families and friends. Luckily, the magic of the internet has allowed us to connect with them from far away through apps like Skype and Facetime.

Think you’ve tried every way to hang out virtually while locked in quarantine? Think again. Stonehenge NYC is here to tell you about some lesser-known apps to help you hang out and have fun while in lockdown.

Houseparty



 

Houseparty has exploded in popularity in recent months, and for good reason. It’s a simple, easy way to hop on a video call with up to 8 friends. House party functions a little differently from other group video chat apps, however.

When you open Houseparty you’ll automatically be available to chat with any other friends who might be using the app. You can wave hello, start a new call, or simply jump into a ‘party’ that’s already ongoing. That means any of your Houseparty friends can enter your call at any time. You never know who might show up to the party. Don’t worry, you can also lock your party so that only you and your chosen friends can join.

Houseparty isn’t just for chatting. It comes with a huge selection of games and trivia to prevent you and your friends from running out of stuff to do and say. You might be surprised at how quickly time passes when using this app.

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Bunch:



Maybe mobile games are a waste of time, but they sure are fun. As the saying goes: “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted”. For many of us, our daily commute was the perfect opportunity to waste a little time playing Candy Crush and Flappy Bird. Now that we’re locked up, we don’t really have that excuse.

Luckily, there’s Bunch. It’s an app that allows you to play your favorite mobile games with your friends. Simply send them a link and they’ll be playing along with you in no time. You can bring up to eight friends into the fray as you show off your skills and generally have a good time. 

Bunch works best with competitive multiplayer games. As you crush your friends you can catch up, talk smack, and have generally a great time. Bunch comes with a whole bunch (pun intended) of pre-installed games and the developers are always adding more. 

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Netflix Party



We’ve all turned to Netflix to keep us occupied in these dark times. Though other streaming services are quickly catching up, Netflix remains the biggest and most popular way to binge-watch television. Still, after you’ve finished your 17th episode of The Office of the day is over you might start to feel a bit lonely. 

Netflix Party is a browser extension that allows you to watch Netflix with your friends. It allows you to synchronize whatever you’re all watching to the exact same time code. An added chat feature allows anyone to pop in and comment on what you’re watching.

Of course, Netflix Party would be improved with the addition of a video chat feature so you can actually speak to your friends. Luckily, you can easily launch a different video chatting app to improvise the perfect virtual Netflix watch with friends.  

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Netflix Party

Zenly



We’re all doing our best to stay inside these days but it is hard. The call of a short walk, a jog, or a trip to the store is hard to resist! Staying at home is the best way to flatten the curve and stay healthy, and we’re all getting pretty good at it these days. But how good are you at lockdown compared to your friends?

Zenly is an app from the makers of Snapchat that allows you and your friends to track each other's location. Now that we’re all in lockdown, it aims to use this information to help us all get better at staying home. Zenly will track when you’re safely in quarantine, and when you’ve left your apartment. The longer you stay at home, the higher the score that Zenly will give you.

Get to the top of the leaderboard on Zenly and you won’t just have helped flatten the curve for everyone, you’ll have bragging rights over all your friends. So, tell your friends about Zenly and see who’s the best at quarantine!

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